Get equipped for the daily battles

Ephesians 6:13-17 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Put on your armor

#1 The Belt of Truth

A soldier is only ready for battle when he is girded with his belt. A Roman soldier’s belt was made of metal and thick heavy leather and was the carrying place for his sword. It also had a protective piece that hung down in the front. His belt held all other pieces of his armor together. To be fitted with his belt, meant he was ready to face action.

Truth is the belt that holds the believers’ armor together as well. Ultimate Truth can be found in God’s Word and in the person of Jesus Christ. (John 14:6) We must know this Truth in order to protect ourselves against our flesh, the world, and the Father of Lies. Truth grounds us and reminds us of our identity in Christ.

How to Use the Belt of Truth

Start your day in the Word.
How you start your day is vital to winning the daily battles that you will inevitably face.  Before anyone else wakes up, set aside at least 10 minutes to begin your day in the Word. It is important that you are able to immerse yourself in scripture without distraction.

End your day in the Word.
In a quiet place before you lay down, dedicate 20 minutes to studying the word. The ESV study Bible is widely considered the best, and it is also the most affordable of the study Bibles.

#2 The Breastplate of Righteousness

The Roman soldier was always equipped with a breastplate. This piece of armor protected his vital organs in the heat of the battle – when he wasn’t quick enough to take up his shield. The breastplate was for the quick and unexpected advances of the enemy.

As believers, we have no righteousness apart from that which has been given us by Christ. Our breastplate is His righteousness. His righteousness will never fail. Though we have no righteousness of our own, we must still, by His power, chose to do right. Living a right life, rooted in God’s Word is powerful in protecting our heart, killing our flesh, and defeating the enemy.

How to Use the Breastplate of Righteousness

Identify righteous activities in your life that strengthen you.
This may be as simple being kind and helpful to others.

Identify unrighteous activities in your life that weaken you.
For each of us, this is going to be unique. Be cautious of watching movies and TV shows that are not aligned with Jesus’s teachings. By intentionally exposing yourself to immoral behavior you are allowing Satan to weaken the walls that Christ is building around you.

#3 Sandals with the Gospel of Peace

Roman soldier’s feet were fitted with sandals called caligae. These sandals were made to help protect soldier’s feet during their long marches into battle. They had extremely thick soles and wrapped perfectly around their ankles in a way that protected against blistering. Caligae also had spikes on the bottom to help them stand firm as they traveled. This helped them have a firm foundation.

Believers also have a firm foundation in the Gospel. As believers, we have peace in knowing we are secure in what Jesus has done for us.

How to Use the Gospel of Peace

Preach the Gospel to yourself daily.
Remind yourself of the hope you have in Jesus Christ. Because of His sacrifice and your belief in Him, you shall not perish but have eternal life. Do not wait until the hardship to remind yourself of this. Build your foundation on a daily reminder of this hope, and you will be able to get through anything.

Share your testimonies with others.
The easiest and most effective way to share the Gospel with others is to tell your story of how Jesus changed your life.

Be a living example.
The way you walk through life will be seen by many. When you carry yourself with the fruit of the spirt, people will stop and notice.

#4 The Shield of Faith

The Roman soldier’s shield was a complex piece of armor. The shield, also called a scutum, was a soldier’s primary defensive weapon. It was made of impenetrable wood, leather, canvas, and metal and could be doused in water to extinguish the fiery arrows of the enemy.

Faith is the shield of the believer. Trusting in God’s power and protection is imperative in remaining steadfast. When the battle rages, we must remember that God works all things for good. He is always true to His promises.

How to Use the Shield of Faith

Take time to remember the promises of God.
When fiery darts try to impact your heart, extinguish them with reminders of God’s goodness over your circumstance. Here are some of His promises…

He will never forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).
He will meet all your needs (Phil 4:19).
Call on Him and He will answer (Psalm 50:10).
He will make your path straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

A soldier’s shield was strongest when linked with another.
Band together with other believers in the fight of faith. The best way to band together is through the closeness of a small group. This is how the church began in the first century, and this is where the strongest bonds are made today.

Recount God’s past victories in your life.
Make a list of all the ways God has come through for you in the past. Whenever your faith waivers, recite this list and remember in detail how God made a way.

#5 Helmet of Salvation

The Soldier’s head is one of his most vulnerable areas. Without his helmet, one blow to the head would prove fatal. His helmet covered his entire head, facial area, and between the eyes. His armor would prove useless if he wasn’t equipped with his helmet.

The believer’s helmet of salvation is the most crucial piece of armor for the Christian. Without the indwelling Holy Spirit that enters a believer at the moment of salvation, all other armor is useless. Salvation empowers believers to fight. It protects us in our weaknesses. Without salvation, there is no victory.

How to Use the Helmet of Salvation

Stand on the conviction of your salvation.
When you know without a doubt that you are going to heaven because of what Christ did on the cross, not even death can defeat you. We will all face extremely dark times. In these times, our salvation will light the way and carry us home.

Placing your thoughts on things above by listening to sermons via podcast.
Be intentional about feeding your mind with spiritual food throughout the day. Load up your podcast with sermons from the greatest preachers in the world. Play those podcasts every single day on the way to and from work.

#6 The Sword of the Spirit

All other pieces of the soldier’s arsenal are defensive weapons, but not his sword. The sword, a gladius, was a deadly weapon. In the hands of a skilled warrior, he could pierce through even the strongest armor.

Our sword is the Word of God and the example of Jesus. Every other piece of armor protects us against attacks. With God’s Word, we are truly able to fight and defeat all enemies. Christ used Scripture to defeat Satan when He was tempted in the desert. We must do the same.

How to Use the Sword of the Spirit

Arm yourself.
Be intentional about reading scripture. Find a time that you can dedicate to reading and studying the word of God where you are free of distractions.

When attacked, fight back with the Word of God.
When Satan attacked Christ in the desert he told him, “No….for it is written…” Use Christ’s example when Satan tries to come after you.

When beaten down, immerse yourself in the Bible.
Even those with great faith are going to have days when they feel like they are barely hanging on. On these days, ten minutes of time in the Word is just not enough. Take a sick day and immerse yourself in His Word for the entire day. Read, study, pray, and repeat.

#7 Prayer

In prayer, we show our reliance upon God to act and move. Our entire armor is rooted in His strength. Without His presence, we are powerless in the fight. We must fight on our knees. The One who has won the war is with us in the battle. We will see a victory when we fight in His power.

How to Use Prayer

Pray when your eyes open every morning.
Before you do anything else, go straight into prayer. Start every day asking God for the wisdom to make good decisions, the discipline to stay true to His word, and the vision to hear His voice for direction.

Pray impulsively throughout the day.
Sometimes we can get caught up in saying the same prayer over and over again. This can lead us to be in autopilot when we are speaking to our Father. You can break through the repetition by impulsively praying throughout the day. Pray for the people you encounter. Pray for the people you read about. Pray for the wonders and beauty of God’s creations.

Have a conversation with God on your knees before you go to sleep.
There is just something powerful about getting on your knees to honor the King of Kings. The creator of it all is omnipresent and available to talk to you at all times. Tell Him what you are thankful for and talk with Him about whatever is on your mind.

Although the war has been won, the daily battle must be fought. Thankfully, we know with every fight we face, that we have the armor and weapons to help us defeat the enemy.

It is not just the Good News it is the Great News!

God Wins! (Revelation is a book of hope) It is Gods final warning; he doesn’t want one of his children to perish. The shepherd leaves the 99 to rescue the one lost sheep. (Matthew 18:12-14). So much so that he gave His only son. But he also gave us Free Will. He wants those that want to spend eternity with Him. God won’t force us to do that, but he will guide us if we stay in relationship, repent, and turn from our sins and love the lord Jesus.

This is what God told us, James 4:8 “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” But we must take the first action! Do not be Lukewarm. This was the warning to the 7th church in Revelation.

God’s word is your weapon and training is the key. Knowing the bible is not enough. Even the demons know the bible and they shudder. James 2:19. You need to surrender your life to God and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior. You need to abide in His every word and be obedient to it. If you do these things, the Holy Spirit will be with you and provide the contentment you so much long for.

How can you expect to win the biggest battle of your life without any training? Would you expect to be a great soldier or great at a sport, a job, raising a family or just about any other worldly thing without effort and training? Then why would expect you to overcome evil that surrounds us daily without knowledge and training? It takes effort!

Do you think you can do this without training in the word of God? Without being in a daily relationship with him, or without doing what he has asked you to do? You can’t! Evil will creep into your life, mostly in very subtle ways. This is why God gave us the tools to defeat evil. The rest is up to us.

We all know Evil is out there; we’ve all seen it. I’ve seen it through drug addiction, alcoholism, at work, in boardrooms, in families, and in neighborhoods. It is in every aspect of our lives. But, guess what? So is God’s Love.  The good news is, God is more powerful. God is in every aspect of our lives. If we draw near to him, invite him into our lives, and understand the word, only then we can live according to it.

If we stay in a daily relationship with him, he will give us the strength we need. If not, we will stray! Evil counts on us straying. If we just stay in relationship with God and in the word, we will have His protection from the evil around us. It is His promise to us.

How do we stay ready for the daily battle?

Read the training manual! Gods words to us, the Bible….

B- Basic

I- Instructions

B- Before

L- Leaving

E- Earth