“Oh God, thou knowest my foolishness, and my sins are not hid from thee.” Psalms 69:5
It’s a new day. I get up, spend my time with the Lord, and then rush off to greet the busy day. Reading God’s Word has helped me to place my focus on the Lord and I’m sure this will be a great day.
Then, like a stubborn child I refuse to allow the Lord to dress me in His peace and grace. Instead, I choose to dress myself. This selfishness looks good with this impatience. How about a little of this irritability? I think it looks really great with this frustration.
So off I go. Instead of being clothed in grace and peace, I’ve clothed myself in the enemy’s garments and set off to make a total mess of my day.
Has this ever happened to you? Do you go from a wonderful devotional time with the Lord into arguments and fighting?
Well, I do. I’m always amazed at the change in my heart from my quiet time chair to the kitchen. Somehow I manage to put on the wrong clothes more often than not. Foolish, that’s what I am, just a foolish child.
Most of us are familiar with the verses from Ephesians 6: 10-18:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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.
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. 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 saints.”
We’ve used a poster for years to help us remember how to dress ourselves in the morning. How many of us actually take time to do this every morning — or even each time before we head into battle?
The fact is, we are in a battle and need to wear our armor daily.
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