“Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (NIV)
Imagine for a moment what the full armor of God looks like. Imagine how whole, how heavy, how unbreakable it must be. We are told to “put on the full armour of God,” not just part of it. Not just a breast shield but no back plate. Not just a bullet proof vest, but no gun. Not just a knee pad, but no helmet. It is imperative to wear the full armor. Instead of me standing upon my rock and casting stones at you, I will not say it is bad to go to church but to not read the word of God. Instead, relate it to the physical armor; the more protected you are with the armor of God, the more you are gaurded against the devil. He is constantly at battle with the will of God. Even when we do not recognize him, he is lurking, watching, sneaking, plotting, slipping into our lives where ever and as often as he can. We need to be covered by the armor of God always.
What does the full armor of God look like? Here is my list of the most important battle accessories:
1. Church attendance: The reason is not just to show your face every week so that everyone thinks you are a good Christian, doing what you’re supposed to do. The reason is because we are all sinners, working on our relationship with God, and there is no better place but when we meet together to hear the word of God. Faith comes by hearing, and what better place to hear his word, than in his home? Keep in mind that where two or more people gather to discuss his word, there a church is located. The church is inside of us, a part of us.
2. Reading the Word of God: Reading the Bible is different from studying and learning the Bible. God encourages us to keep his scripture in our hearts, so that we may readily have his word on our lips and in our thoughts. Imagine trying to find a specific verse in the Bible, but not knowing the exact words, or in what book to look. Even an online search might not be able to help in that situation. That happened to me today, as I prepared for this post, and I was ashamed of myself. I want to know his word to the point where I can find the scriptures I know and love. Then, I will be able to draw strength in times of need.
How are we to know what God wants for us, or from us? It is all written in his word.
3. Praying/talking to God: What better way to communicate in a relationship than to talk with one another? Talking to/with God is very important. Realize that when we want to be “close” to God, he is already there, doing his part. It’s up to us to work on our end of the relationship to feel that closeness. It comes easily, but with a little practice.
Be able to laugh, cry, moan in agony, or speak quickly from excitement when talking to God. A conversation with him doesn’t need to be stale, professional, and lacking emotion. Be real! A good friend has set an example for me in her conversations with God. The emotion in her voice is pure when she prays. If we’ve just had a bible study or some fun time together, she might laugh a little in her voice. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not disrespectful, it’s beautiful. Speak with him often.
What if you tried for 30 days to use these battle tools to ward off the enemy? What if you really poured your heart into getting closer to God? You have nothing to lose, and you have eternal life to gain. God is so great. I pray you are protected in your battles, and equipped with the proper armor.