Today’s encouragement is short, sweet, & straight shooting to the point.
I’ve recently become a fan of Always More weekly devotionals by Audrey Roloff. Have you ever watched the TLC show Little People, Big World? My family has watched the Roloff’s & their adventures since the start of the show. Audrey is married to Jeremy, one of the sons. I’m in awe of the way Audrey has used her time in the public eye as a platform to minister, encourage, & love young woman all across the country.
One of the recent devotionals, Always More Armor got my mind racing & wondering…
“Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God…. that you may be able to stand your ground.”
Ladies, when you get ready in the morning what are you focused on?
Are you concerned about that perfect winged-tip on the end of your eye liner?
Do you spend the majority of your morning blending out that Hollywood contour?
Does your attention go towards that effortlessly perfect messy (yet not too messy) bun that really takes a lot of work?
Is your focus more on your outfit, flawlessly coordinated from head to toe and pressed to perfection?
Or, do you care little about your appearance as long as you can squeeze in an adequate amount of time at the gym & in the kitchen meal prepping for the day?
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with looking good & taking time for appearances. We can glorify God with our appearances, putting our best foot forward to showcase the natural beauty He created in us. Our bodies, after all, are a temple of the Lord. Neglecting to take care of that temple is not glorifying.
But I think we keep missing the mark.
We are so focused on our physical looks that we often forget to clothe ourselves in the most important part of our outfit: the armor of God.
Each day as we enter the world we are in the midst of spiritual warfare. An invisible war that attacks our hearts, souls & minds. We need protection. Protection from Satan’s schemes, from forces of evil that lurk all around, from our human tendencies to sin, from lies that the world tells us which are not in line with God’s truth.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows from the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Daily, we need to put on…
- The Belt of Truth to muddle through a world of lies
- The Breastplate of Righteousness so that our actions reflect righteous living.
- The Readiness of the Gospel to carry His peace wherever we go.
- The Shield of Faith as protection against the enemy.
- The Helmet of Salvation to guard our thoughts.
- The Sword of the Spirit: The Bible! Because the word of our Lord stands forever.
I challenge you to intentionally cover yourself with the armor of God each morning– you wouldn’t enter a battle field without proper protection, don’t enter this world without your Holy Armor. If you can carry a personal Body Guard everywhere you go, why wouldn’t you?!