Pssst – You there, come here a minute. I want to look you over and make sure you are dressed appropriately for the day. Let’s see:
Belt of Lies – Everyone is out to get you. Everyone is looking out for themselves and you will pay if you don’t be careful. Quick now, fasten the belt on.
Breastplate of Anger – You are #1 and don’t forget it. No one has a right to take advantage of you. Make yourself happy – life is short.
Shoes Stumbling in Fear – You do have much to be afraid of. What if something happened to your children? Your spouse? You? What if you get sick? What if you say something stupid at the meeting today? Put these shoes on. Hurry now. With these shoes you can confidently be
deceived (ahem) confidently believe you can control your life – your destiny and all those around you.
Shield of Works – Protect yourself at all costs. Self preservation is the key. If you need to use hurtful words or keep replaying the hurt someone caused you over and over in your head, but all means – go for it. You need to not forget – or else they might do it again.
Helmet of Deception – I don’t like the word deception. I prefer to call it the Helmet of Unending Joy and Bliss. Go ahead – put it on. When you doubt yourself, remember your helmet, and keep striving for wealth, fame and power.
Sword of the World – Lots of noise is a good thing. TV, social media, mindless google searching, music. It doesn’t really matter what medium is used – the key is over indulgence. If you use those in moderation, it could just lead to stillness in your day. Don’t think. Keep busy. Coast.
Looking good my man. You say you are a God follower? No problem! Doesn’t bother me a bit. As long as you are all suited up in
my (ahem) I mean – as long as you are suited up in such self focused armor, you are ready for your day. Don’t worry about a thing. Enjoy your day. Toodle-oo
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.