Dressed for Battle

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

August 20, 2023

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Ephesians 6:13 "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."

Think

We live in a world where spiritual warfare isn’t talked about nearly enough, but it is a reality we all deal with. The battles we face are not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces. This is why the Apostle Paul urges us to put on the full armor of God, for only then will we be equipped to stand firm against the enemy’s attacks.

Imagine going into a physical battle without armor. You'd be vulnerable, exposed, and at the mercy of your enemies. In the same way, when we step into the spiritual battles of life without God's armor, we put ourselves at risk.

Putting on the armor of God isn't a once-and-done event; it's a daily commitment. Each piece of the armor represents a different aspect of our spiritual walk. The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit are all essential for our defense and offense in spiritual warfare.

Each day, as we align ourselves with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and God's Word, we are arming ourselves for the challenges we may face. This armor isn't just theoretical; it has practical implications in our daily lives, protecting us and guiding us through every situation.

Apply

Today, assess your spiritual armor. Are there areas where you feel vulnerable? Perhaps it's a struggle with honesty or a challenge in maintaining peace in relationships. Focus on strengthening these areas, relying on God's Word, and connecting with other Christ followers who may be able to share wisdom, support and encouragement.

Pray

Lord, thank you for providing the armor I need to stand strong in the spiritual battles I face. Help me to be diligent in putting on this armor daily, and may I trust in your strength and wisdom to guide me. I ask for your protection and guidance in my walk with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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