“For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand.”
Okay, self! Lezdodis.
Everyday is a struggle between choosing God and choosing something else entirely. It is your job, therefore, to die to yourself everyday in your walk with God, and to take up your cross.
So! Having put down and left behind everything that hinders you, you may now take up the cross.
Remember: you cannot take up the cross if you are carrying something else. Let go of pride, let go of unbelief, let go of doubt, insecurity, hatred, unforgiveness, and everything that is not of the Holy Spirit.
Let them go. Imagine them as boxes or luggage that you are carrying. Put them down one by one.
Lay them all down.
The cross is now before you. Having let go of pride, you may now carry it. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to lift it. Because only the full admission that you can do nothing APART FROM CHRIST is what makes Him give you the strength to carry it.
So, do you have your cross with you? Good? Okay. You may now put on your armor.
“Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist…”
Clickety-clack. The belt of truth goes first.
“…by putting on the breastplate of righteousness…”
The breastplate of righteousness goes above your heart. The heart, which must remain pure and untainted.
But what is it to be righteous? Remember, self: no one is righteous. Only God is righteous.
Therefore, this breastplate must go above the heart – because the heart is where your emotions are, and should be constantly checked for any impure desires. Also, it is in your heart where the Holy Spirit convicts you, where He warns you of wrong, where he reminds you to do your best to be righteous.
“…by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace…”
Okay, KJV translates ‘fitting’ as ‘shod’ – which means ‘wearing shoes’. So, in other words, self: wear shoes because you’re going to be going places in order to spread the Gospel. Don’t take it literally, though. This doesn’t mean God’ll be sending you to Japan, or America, etc. – to spread the Good News.
“…and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
AWESOMESAUCE, SELF! You got a shield! Instead of a normal shield though, this shield has to be 360 degrees and should cover you from every angle.
The enemy can’t touch you now. You are protected. You are secure. So, self, make sure your shield is constantly shined and polished and checked for holes – because the enemy’s fiery arrows are flying, even as you type this.
“And take the helmet of salvation…”
The hypothesis I have is that Salvation is the helmet because the helmet protects the head – which is where the seeds of the enemy are sown. Therefore, you must wear the helmet of salvation as a constant reminder that you. Are. Saved.
That means that you are set apart. You are predestined, chosen.
And you have the cross as a burden. If the thought that you are saved is always on your mind, then you will always answer to God first before anyone else.
“…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
^THIS. YOU HAS A SWOARD. HULMIGAASSSS. Su awesuhm.
You can now use it to slay every scheme of the enemy.
Tell yourself, then:
WHOM SHALL YOU FEAR?
“With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints.” (Ephesians 6:13-18 NET)