“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 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 of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:10-18
When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you think about?
Do you wake up wondering what you’re going to wear? Or what you’re about to eat for breakfast? Although I consider these two questions every morning, I try to think a little deeper into my agenda for the day.
The Bible is full of many lessons and different ways to actually apply scripture to your life.
Each part of Ephesians 6:10-18 gives us steps to perfectly equip ourselves for the day ahead.
Belt of Truth
Honesty is the best policy and it will benefit you in the long run. Practice honesty in the simplest of ways, by being truthful when you’re with your friends, with your family, in class, etc.
Breastplate of Righteousness
For the longest time, I had always heard the term “righteousness” but never truly knew its meaning. Righteousness means “the quality of being morally right or justifiable” or as the Bible uses it, “following religious or moral laws.” Put on the breastplate of righteousness to be able to defend against temptation and sin throughout your day.
Gospel of Peace
Keep the Gospel with you anywhere and everywhere you go. Keep God’s word in your mind so you can have the Spirit of peace over you no matter what the day brings your way!
Shield of Faith
Your faith is one of the strongest things you have and can protect you from fear, anxiety, doubt, and so many other things. Remember to clothe yourself with the shield of faith to have a constant reminder that God is fighting your battles.
Helmet of Salvation
Knowing that we have salvation through Christ’s sacrifices for us should be our “helmet,” the thing that we can fall back on and have faith in. With the helmet of salvation, we can face the day ahead.
Sword of the Spirit
Although you can’t physically see God, you can see him fighting your day-by-day battles. Be a witness to the amazing things that the Holy Spirit is doing in your life, whether it be restoring health to a loved one or taking away the anxiety your heart constantly feels.
Wake up every day and clothe yourself with the armor of the one who beats every battle, takes away every fear, and reassures us of the life he so greatly prepared for us.