Conflict. It’s a part of life, it is unavoidable. Conflict comes in many different ways throughout every type of relationship. But who are we fighting? In the verse below we are called to battle. It is explained to us that the battle is not against flesh and blood , but that it is a spiritual battle. It is very hard to keep that in mind in the midst of conflict. Sometimes in moments of conflict we start to look for escapes and would rather hide in the shadows but God instructs us to Put on our Armor. Regardless of the circumstances we need to gear up, prepare for the battle and stand firm on God’s words and promises. I encourage you and myself, when we wake up in the morning before we step out of bed let’s go through this verse and physically make the motions like we are putting on the armor of God, step by step.
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 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. Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)
*Comments Challenge* Tell me what your favorite piece of armor is and why.