DEVOTIONAL: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11, ESV.
CHALLENGE: On the defensive… When the enemy attacks we need to be ready. Kendrick tells us “Christians are equipped with everything needed for life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3), but many are not ready when the enemy attacks.” When we go into battle unprepared we will be defeated. “God’s Word says spiritual war is taking place around you.” But God does not send us into the fighting to fend for ourselves, we are given the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace (as shoes), the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God), and prayer (Eph. 6:13-18). All Christians as saints have been given these by God, yet we do not use them in our daily lives. Whether defensively, preemptively, or offensively let us “put on the whole armor of God”.
We all go through good times and hard times. The armor is a gift from God to fight this battle as individual soldiers and as an army. Which part of God’s armor do you struggle with the most? Which one is your strength and can be used to lend aid to others?