These Monday devotionals are meant to be a way to motivate and encourage you to start your week of well. We live in a messed up broken world and need to be ready day in and day out to stand against what the Devil has in store for us. It is a constant battle that we must face. Since we are going to battle on a regular basis I thought it would be good to take a look at a well known passage of scripture to see what the apostle Paul tells us we should wear into battle. We are going to take a few weeks to look at this passage. Let’s start with the first few verses.
(As always I got these verses from Bible Gateway. Super helpful site. You should check it out.)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
In chapters 5 and 6 Paul spends time explaining how different relationships are supposed to work. Wives and husbands, children and parents, servants and masters. After explaining the way these relationships are supposed to happen in such a way that would glorify God he says FINALLY, be strong in the Lord. Don’t rely on you to make these relationships work. Don’t just rely on you to be a good husband to your wife or wife to your husband. Don’t rely on you to be a good son or daughter or dad or mom. Don’t rely on you to be a good worker or boss. Rely and trust in the strength of the Lord. His power and his might. Don’t rely on just you to get through this week. Be strong, take courage, trust in his power and strength.
Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God. Not just some. Not just what is easy, not just what is more comfortable. Put it all on. Armor was never meant to be stylish or comfortable, it was made so you wouldn’t die! Put it all on, because the war you are fighting isn’t just against flesh and blood but against things darker and more powerful. Things that can not only hurt you physically but mentally and spiritually. The armor Paul is going to describe doesn’t just protect your flesh and bones but your soul. Put it on.
Put it all on so that not only will you withstand what the enemy (see Monday and all the nonsense that can come with it.) will throw at you but stand firm. That you will be guarded in what is good. You will not retreat. You will not surrender. You will not hide or cower in fear, but you will stand up to the struggles, and tasks, and issues, that are coming your way. Monday has a lot of those things. Monday will throw a lot at you. Trust in the strength of the God who is much bigger and stronger than you are and put on all of the armor he has provided for you. We are going to war, be ready.
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