I'm Yours Lord
I've made my Spiritual Armor personal for me as Paul did with the Roman soldier.
I start with the helmet of salvation. There was a point in time I made a profession of faith in Jesus. I have been saved. I have not reached perfection so I am being saved. At the end of my life on this earth I will be saved. My daddy had mules on the farm when I was young. They had blinders while plowing in the field to keep them from getting distracted so they could do what they were supposed to be doing. My helmet of salvation acts as stubborn mule blinders for me to keep me focused and to keep my eyes on Jesus and not the things Satan wants me to see. It also protects my mind from wandering astray with thoughts that could lead to sinful actions. The helmet is a reminder to keep my tongue in check and to limit what my ears hear. We have to stay focused to live a godly lifestyle.
I next put on the breastplate of righteousness. My heart needs protecting too. It is my physical lifeline. It can provide compassion for many and strength to stand strong for others as well. It is my desire to be His servant. I am not to simply have head knowledge of God and His Word but to have a heart that is serving and welcoming to those in need of Jesus. When I retired I selected a retirement mission statement that simply says Retired to Serve.
I now put on the Belt of Truth. It, like the Roman Soldiers belt, holds everything together. It reminds me that I must be a man of integrity in all my dealings even when I am wronged.
My feet are shod with the Gospel of Peace. Our feet get us from place to place and for me they get me to many that need the Gospel. I meet two men most days for the sunrise. I meet two men for breakfast most Tuesdays. I work closely with six 20 something year olds. I've been accused of being a Barnabas. I want to be a Barnabas and a goldy example with these with whom I have contact each week. We all need more of Jesus in our lives.
Now comes the Shield of Faith. Satan is after those of us that believe in Jesus with doubts and frailties and many temptations. We understand that germs are everywhere and without an immunity we are vulnerable to all types of diseases. My shield is like the Boy in the Bubble who had no immunity. I need the shield all the way around me 24/7 for protection from the temptations of the evil one.
I hold in my hand and in my head and heart the Sword of the Spirit. God's Word keeps me on track and it reminds me of God's standards when I have imperfect thoughts and failures. I also seek to allow the Holy Spirit to control my sword so I don't strike someone and hurt them that causes them to stumble or turn away from God.
Prayer is my most powerful weapon for both defense and offense. I pray daily for those individuals with whom I have contact daily or weekly. I pray that I can be a positive witness and share my faith so they too will have a relationship with Jesus for eternity.
I have added one additional weapon into my arsenal. Nehemiah said "The joy of the Lord is my strength". I have no strength on my own to enter battles against Satan unless I have the Lord throughout my whole being. He is my joy in all I do. He is my strength.
My seven year old grandson Bailey left on his four-wheeler one day and was gone for a very long time. When he finally arrived home without his four-wheeler that would not start he was asked whey it took him so long to get home. He said, "It was the grasshoppers. They distracted me." We should be careful about the grasshoppers in our lives. I had a prayer group leader that once said if the devil can't get you busy sinning he would surely get you busy. If you are like me it is easy, even in retirement, to get busy and distracted. Let's put on the Full Armor of God and not get distracted from all that really matters.
Lord, I pray for the full armor for each of these men today as we go into this world that is so confused and empty. Help us meet all people with your standards and Salvation each and every day.