This summer we are going to be looking at the Armor of God. It’s a familiar passage for many and newer for others, but this series is a chance for each of us take one more step in our confidence and ability to use the armor.
A few things came out of the message on Sunday July 8th that are a foundation for the armor.
Firstly, we are to “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (6:10). We aren’t strong enough for this, so we stand strong in the Lord.
Secondly, God loves us and wants the very best for our lives so he has given us his armor (6:11). We aren’t standing equipped in our righteousness, our truth, or our salvation, but in God’s. With those as a foundation, we are also called to lives that are filled with righteousness, truth, and salvation!
Thirdly, there is an enemy who knows about us and wants the very worst for our lives (6:11-12). He comes sneaky like a snake or strong like a lion so we are to be strong (6:10) and alert (6:18).
However, this is not meant to frighten us but to encourage us. We are promised that if we are standing in God’s strength and equipped in his armor, we will be standing despite the best efforts of the enemy (6:13).
With those in mind, here are some suggestions on how to be equipped in the armor of God:
1. Nobody gets dressed at the end of their day, but rather make sure they’re ready to go even before they step out the bedroom door. Aim for the same with the armor – put it on at the beginning of your day.
2. It’s helpful if you associate it with something you already do in the morning so you have a daily reminder. For example, praying about the armor of God as you put on your clothes is an easy way to remember each part of the armor.
3. Whatever your morning routine is, don’t feel you need to spend 45 minutes praying about the armor of God. A simple way to begin is just, “God, I pray you would equip me with your armor.”
4. Aim to memorize the passage by the end of the summer! Ephesians 6:10-18 is vivid, easy to remember, not long, and once it’s in your head, it’ll be that much easier to pray about it through the day.
5. As the armor gets more comfortable, here are some things to keep in mind:
a) Aim to put on all the armor every day. Ephesians 6:13 says to put on the full, or whole, armor of God, meaning we shouldn’t be missing anything.
b) As you look at your day, there may be things that need special emphasis. Take the opportunity to go a little deeper in your prayer. For example, “Jesus, today is a day that has a lot of struggles in it and I’m feeling unsure. Please strengthen my shield of faith and help me trust in your character, to believe that you are good, and that you are working in my life.”
Would you join me in making a commitment to praying through the Armor of God every day this summer? If this is something that you want to commit to doing, would you just reply to this email with a simple "I'm praying"? That way we can pray for you too!