While I’ve been aware of the “Armor of God” for as long as I can remember, I’ve never truly focused on what it means.

Our Abba has given us His tools, as we head out each day to live for Him, yet I don’t bother to grab them on my way out the door.

I’ve decided for the next few weeks/months, I’m going to memorize the armor-containing passages. During this week of insomnia, the first verse has really hit home.

Ephesians 610

I’ve needed His strength each step of this week. Those times I have failed to actively seek Him have found me tired, grumpy, and weak.

10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

19-20 And don’t forget to pray for me. Pray that I’ll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out.

Ephesians 6:10 The Message

Won’t you join me in accepting God’s gracious gifts, and using them for His glory?