Put your armor on.

Before you leave the house each day, you make sure that you’re appropriately dressed. You wouldn’t even think about walking out the door without putting a shirt on. And, you’re definitely not going to forget your shoes (if you do, you’ll remember before you get too far away!). While we take great care in our physical appearance, how much thought do we give to how we’re dressed spiritually?

For the past few weeks, the girls and I have been doing something each morning that we refer to as “putting our armor on.” It’s a simple exercise really – doesn’t take much time at all. You can go through it in less than a minute, and that one minute could make a huge difference in how your day goes.

Before going into battle, soldiers would suit up in their body armor. That’s exactly what we must do. We are at war with an enemy who is powerful (though not all powerful) and extremely determined to wipe us out. Ephesians 6:11 says that Satan is constantly scheming against us, and the only way we can stand against him is to clothe ourselves with the spiritual weapons the Lord has provided for us.

You may be thinking, “That’s sounds good, but how do I do that?” Following is what we say, and we use physical motions to emphasize each piece of armor:

“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God. Put on the helmet of salvation (hands go to head like you’re putting on a hat), the breastplate of righteousness (hands touch chest), the belt of truth (hands buckle a belt), carry the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (bring right hand up like you’re holding a torch), take up the shield of faith so you can put out all the fiery darts of the enemy (left hand comes up with fingers making a fist), put on the shoes for the gospel of peace (point to feet), and pray in the Spirit on all occasions (hands come in front like you’re praying).” – Ephesians 6:10-18

When you say these verses, you’re not just speaking empty words. You are declaring truth and standing on the mighty Word of God. You’re shouting out to the enemy that you are engaged in battle and are under the protection of the Lord.

I want to challenge you to put on the armor for a week. As you suit up each day, you will be encouraged and strengthened in your spirit. Just going through these verses in Ephesians will build your confidence in who you are in Christ and what is available to you. You are saved by grace. You are righteous and holy in God’s sight. You are guided by truth. You have been given weapons to ward off the attacks of the enemy. You have the power of the Holy Spirit helping you as you pray in faith.

God gives us everything we need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3). These verses in Ephesians tell us what we must do to walk in victory, and it all starts by getting dressed and ready for the day.