Today I decided to take a different approach to the Armour of God.
First, I wrote down the pieces of armour in one column:
3) READINESS (FROM PEACE)
5) SALVATION (HOPE OF)
6) WORD OF GOD
Then I wrote down their opposites in another column:
C) LETHARGY / DISTRACTION
E) ABANDONMENT (FEAR OF)
F) WORD OF THE WORLD
G) SILENCE / AVOIDANCE
I applied each of the negatives to me.
A) What are the lies I'm believing today?
B) Is sin mastering me?
C) Am I lethargic in body, mind, spirit? Am I distracted?
D) Do I doubt things about God that I've previously believed?
E) Do I feel alone, exposed or vulnerable?
F) Am I listening to the word of the world about me, about God?
G) Am I choosing to avoid God because of sin or do I feel like I don't have anything to say?
I wrote my answers down under the negatives & sat with them for a bit. Everyone's answers will be different. Then I went over to the truth column, took each "piece of armour" & applied it to the corresponding negative. It looks something like this:
A) LIE (What are the lies I'm believing today?)
I have no hope, I can't change, I may as well give up.
There IS hope for me, God has given me a hope & a future, I CAN change, it just takes time, like any living thing.
Belt of Truth: fastened.
B) DEPRAVITY (Is sin mastering me?)
I am struggling with "X, Y & Z" today.
I choose to repent & abstain from "X, Y & Z" b/c God has called me to deny my self & be Holy as He is Holy.
Breastplate of righteousness. Check.
C) LETHARGY / DISTRACTION (Am I lethargic in body, mind, spirit? Am I distracted?)
I'm tired, don't feel like cracking my Bible open. I have to check my email anyway & make lunch and...
3) READINESS (FROM PEACE)
I choose to stop & give my anxiety & distractedness to God. I choose to take time & read something today. Maybe I'll be able to share it with someone...
Shoes of readiness that come from God's peace. Good to go.
You get the idea. The "armour of God" is more than just a list of words in Ephesians 6. It can be used to effectively protect & defend us, if we can learn how to apply it to our lives...
Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV
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 Lord’s people.