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DISCIPLINE

DYLAN MATTHEWS

Ephesians 6:11-12

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Imagine it is the Middle Ages and you are a knight about to go into battle. The enemy is marching on your castle so you quickly put on a helmet, pick up your sword and run out to meet them. Instead, you meet a volley of arrows. But hey, at least your head was protected.

This is a silly illustration but it’s an accurate depiction of what we as Christians so often do. We are in a spiritual battle but we run headlong into our days without being prepared to face the battle. It’s no wonder we get knocked down so easily. God tells us we need to put on the full armor every single day if we want to stand a chance against the forces of darkness. We tend to forget we are soldiers in God’s army (II Tim. 2:3); it’s time to start acting like one.

But how do we do this? We can’t literally put on Christian armor; we would look a little weird. When I was doing mission work overseas I would wake up every morning and, before doing anything else, pray each piece of God’s armor over myself. These can be found in Ephesians 6:14-18. It was stunning the difference it made in my day and what I let affect me. Try it for yourself. Make a habit of praying God’s armor over yourself every morning and you will quickly discover you are no longer going into battle unprepared.

QUESTION 1. Do you find yourself getting knocked down quickly at the first sign of trouble?
QUESTION 2. How are you preparing yourself for spiritual battle?
CHALLENGE: Pray on God’s armor every morning. Read your Bible and know God is with you as you face the spiritual forces of evil.