Ephesians 6:10- KJV
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
I learned this passage in the King James Version and that version still speaks the loudest to me when I think about this passage. Paul reminds us that we have everything we need and he puts into a great analogy. I tend to think of it this way:
I put on the breastplate of righteousness, the breastplate protects my heart. I don’t think I have to say that when are not living as God has called us to live our heart is damaged.
Then I put on the belt of truth, not only that I speak the truth but I hear and discern the truth.
Now it’s time to put on my shoes. Shoes that allow me to walk in peace.
To protect my head I put on the helmet of salvation. What we think can be as critical as what we do.
I pick up my shield of faith that is able to stop the fiery arrows that shot my way. It is important for me to care for my shield so that it is ready to stop the attacks of the enemy.
Finally, I pick up my only weapon, the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word. It can be both a defensive tool and when necessary an offensive tool.
Fully dressed I’m ready to face the day.