Are You Suited Up Yet?
By Cathy Irvin
CBN Staff Writer
A battle is raging out there and as Christians we must wear our spiritual armor. Do you remember hearing the song “Onward Christian Soldiers?” The lyrics say we are “Marching as to war.” Yes my friends, we have left the losing team of the world, and have joined God’s army. Another force is out there trying to beat us down. Even though we know are champions on the winning team, it is important to put on the full armor of God.
We should pray before we get ‘suited up’ for the day. This is how we get fortified and prepared to face challenges that may arise.
We put on our armor: the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness are first. Next, our feet need to be shod with the peace of God everywhere we go. We must hold up the shield of faith to quench those fiery darts hurled at our souls. Then, we must put on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is God’s Word, to renew our minds daily. If we know what the Word of God says, we can withstand anything that may attempt to make us stumble.
Reminding ourselves that we are to be peacemakers will be effective in the battle against the enemy of our souls. Every day check to make sure you are wearing your full armor. It is the only way to stand against the enemies’ tricks. God is our source of strength and we are to go to war in the power of His might, using all the resources He has given us.
Shall we all march together as ambassadors for Christ, God’s great army of believers ready to do battle and to win the war that rages against our souls? We need to tell the Good News of the gospel, God's battle plan, to those we meet, so that they too can join the army of God.
Let’s get suited up; we already have our marching orders.
Ephesians 6:10-20 (NIV) the Armor of God:
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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
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