Do you feel blindsided by much of life's difficulties?
Do you sometimes feel like you're in a war zone?
Does life feel like a continuous battle?
Before you say this sounds like a bad late night TV commercial, I'm not trying to sell you anything.
But the Truth is we are in a warzone.
Life is epic.
We have an enemy who seeks to kill, steal and destroy us.
And the battle is not necessarily a physical one.
Ephesians 6 tells us that the battle is not against flesh and blood, but truly is a spiritual battle with high stakes.
Fortunately, we are equipped by God for this battle. If we wear all the armor He provides, we will win the day and the war.
So how do we armor up.
First we buckle up, with the belt of truth.
I think that means that we live lives with integrity,
so we are not weak, double minded people.
But I believe it is more than that.
I think it is God's truth, not human wisdom that Paul is talking about.
God's truth is embodied in the One who said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life".
At our core, at our center. it's about Jesus.
He is truth.
And He is our greatest strength and protection from the evil one.
At the Name of Jesus, every knee will bow, in Heaven, and earth and under the earth.
Make Jesus the focus of your life.
Next time the Breastplate of Righteousness.
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.
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.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.