Here’s my confession: I haven’t been putting on the full armor of God.
I just haven’t. This blog is all about becoming who I am in Christ. And a BIG part of that is understanding that I am a princess and I am a warrior.
Maybe I’m living out the princess part. Maybe I’m walking in the security of being the daughter of the God of the universe.
But then again, maybe not. Because if I really lived and believed that I am fully loved, fully known, and fully accepted, my response would be great courage.
I Have Not Been Brave
I’ve actually been quite afraid.
You see, I haven’t been putting on the full armor.
All extremely vital in combat.
But here’s the thing… even though I am not wearing all of these crucial pieces….
I’m STILL in battle.
As much as I avoid getting into that prayer closet of mine and putting on the armor, I still am being attacked. The enemy is still trying to destroy me. He is still trying to destroy my family.
So what does that mean? How in the world can I go into battle on my own? How in the world do I think I can face the enemy without protection? Why do I think I can keep going this way? The answer is pretty simple.
I’ve been putting on my own armor.
And my armor? It is way less than sufficient. You know what it actually is? Destructive. My armor tends to look like defensiveness. Walls toward people I love instead of a shield toward the enemy. It looks like anger. It looks like depression. You know what else? It looks like avoidance.
Defense mechanisms… promising no true protection.
All the while I’m being struck. Again and again. the flaming darts keep coming, and I am sinking lower and lower to the ground. Desperately trying to find a place to hide so that I can just survive.
The Armor of God
But do you know what the armor of God does? It makes us stand. It gives us courage. The armor of God moves us to move on the behalf of others. We are no longer only concerned with getting out of the battle alive, now we are concerned with rescuing others. With the armor of God, we fight for God’s glory and we do so with great honor and joy.
The armor of God gives us purpose. We might still be bruised in the battle, but it is our delight to sacrifice for our great King.
My confession is that I haven’t been putting on the full armor of God.
Put on the Armor
When it comes to the full armor of God, my husband has always emphasized two little words:
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.
And these two words are so important. Just because we are believers in Christ, does not mean we are battle-ready. God doesn’t promise to put the armor on for us. But do you know know what He DOES promise?
That the battle will rage on. He is very clear that we have an enemy that seeks to devour and destroy us. (1 Peter 5:8)
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
It’s the reason we need God’s armor. It’s the reason we have to wear ALL of it.
You see in the midst of trying to defend myself, trying to make it through the battle, I do actually pick up a piece or two of God’s armor. You know, picking up the shield when I see the dart coming straight for me. Or taking the sword to fight. Maybe I remember to wear my helmet too. But here’s the thing… God tells me to put on the FULL armor of God.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Victory God’s Way
And there is no true victory apart from God’s ways.
So friends? I’m ready. I’m ready to pick up and wear every piece and confidently walk into battle knowing that God is with me and He will give the victory. I am ready to do this thing His way. Are you? Can we do this together?
This is the beginning of a series that will take us deeper into the armor of God and how to wear it to be battle-ready. Be on the lookout for the rest of this series in the weeks to come!
***Belt of Truth***