Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. 13 Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:11-17
As kids we are often taught about putting on God’s armor. We were taught what each part meant and even had songs and games to help us remember.
However, I am not sure that we fully grasped how important this daily practice is to our lives.
As women, wives, mothers, teachers, career women, counselors, mentors, etc. we are fighting a battle on a daily basis. Sometimes the battle is for our own well-being and sometimes the battle is to stand in the gap for someone we love.
How do you feel reading those words? Does it make you afraid? Does it make you want to crawl back into your hole or does it get you geared up for battle?
In my own personal life I feel like I have been in a battle for the past few months. Some days with rays of hope and other days have been downright downpours! However, God has reminded me during several occasions that I was “made” for the battle. Do you know what that means? That means that not only has He already equipped you for what you are facing but He and HIS army are right with you. There are no armies of one! You are not alone—unlike how the enemy of our souls would like for us to believe.
So, today I remind you to put on your FULL armor BUT remember that you will always need faith. In verse 16 above it doesn’t say “sometimes you will need faith” NO, He tells us that “In EVERY battle you will need faith. Although things may look bleak for you today, always bring faith along to every battle. Faith is the substance of things not seen- don’t focus on what you are seeing in the natural—focus on the victory—the end result.
I encourage you today to march on Women of God. Push through it and be encouraged to know that you are not alone. There’s a community, an army that is cheering you on to continue the good fight.
You are blessed, you are a winner, you are a princess warrior!!!