Sometimes what we call spiritual armor is really just a kind of religious numbness we hope will shield us from being hurt again. But instead of protecting, it insulates us from truth and love, and actually attracts more offense and wounding.
“Put on the whole armor of God.” The language used in Ephesians 6 means to sink into your armor like you’re wrapping yourself in a blanket, or putting on your most comfortable clothes. Your armor isn’t some weird religious concept or ritual, it’s a description of God’s presence in your life, a manifestation of his grace. It protects you from the enemy’s lies, empowers you to be who God sees you as, equips you to accomplish your heart’s desires, and envelops you in his love.
Wear your armor well today.
“Finally, my brothers and sisters, strengthen yourself in the Lord, and receive his power and ability. Stand your ground. Wrap yourself in the belt of his truth, and protect your heart with the breastplate of God’s righteousness. For shoes, step into the peace that comes from all Jesus has done, and you’ll be ready for anything. The faith you’ve received from God is your shield to stop the fiery arrows of the enemy. Wear his salvation as a helmet over your mind, and wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, by praying in his Spirit for everyone and everything” (Ephesians 6:10, 14–18, paraphrase).