THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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 (Ephesians 6: 11-13 New King James Version).
Due to the nature of the company I work for, I am required to attend mandatory safety training annually. Yesterday was my turn to go. We discussed a variety of topics, including the importance of proper footwear and correct techniques for heavy lifting, as well as new safety guidelines. As I have been reflecting on the class, my mind wondered how this impacts my walk with Christ. When it comes to proper footwear at work, women are discouraged from wearing high heels and flip flops as the capacity for slips, trips and falls becomes greater in certain areas of the building and lot. Shoes that are flat-soled and non-skid are preferable since the dealership environment has various floor and lot conditions which are not high heel or flip-flop friendly. Most people know the potential for back injuries is greatest when we do not lift items using our knees while properly aligning our bodies.
As Christians, Jesus gave us the right equipment to stand and serve. It is called the armor of God – it includes the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the shield of faith, the shoes of the gospel of peace and the sword of the Spirit. We must clothe ourselves in this daily to resist the devil and be strong against his attacks. When we don’t, we risk becoming weary and battle-worn from the constant barrage of spiritual attacks, which manifest themselves in a myriad of ways. Our battle is not fought in this tangible realm, yet we feel the effects of the battle here. Prayer and praise help us to wear the armor of the Lord while strengthening our arms to wield the sword of the Spirit. When we don’t put our armor on, we can easily succumb to slips, trips and falls along our path. The devil places hidden traps of temptation, oil slicks of deception, and various other cunning ruses to cause us to stumble and fall. With the proper equipment, we are able to avoid each of these and more. So, suit up!
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for a brand new day, filled with new mercies and Your great faithfulness! Thank You for Your armor, may we put it on daily and wear it proudly. May we have discernment to know the traps of our enemy, and may You grant us grace sufficient for this day. Father, we love You and glorify You, adore and honor You, we lift our hands in praise and bow our hearts in worship. We come before You in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Do you have the right equipment to face your day?
Additional Scriptures: Ephesians 6: 14-18