Daily Reading & Prayer
Ephesians 5:15-6:24Colossians 1:1-23Ephesians 6:13, "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.”
Legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant famously said, "Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships." It's exciting to make the winning reception or score the come-from-behind touchdown. But, if you aren't equally prepared to defend your own goal line, you can still lose the game. The same is true in the Christian life. Spiritual highs are exciting, but the lows can be devastating if you aren't prepared for the attack.The proper equipment is essential to standing strong against the onslaught of our biggest opponent. Successful Christ-followers understand that a winning defense can only happen when they put on the full armor of God. Only then can we hold the line against an enemy bent on our failure and defeat. The uniform — the armor of God — consists of the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes fitted to spread the gospel of peace, the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Bible. Each part, equally important, provides the protection we need to stand strong. We are protected because we know Who we belong to and Who has our back.So, don't be blindsided! Put on your full armor and be prepared for the opposition — when you do, the ultimate victory that lies ahead. Just picture yourself dancing in the end zone when you secure yet another win through Christ!
Thank You, God, for the ultimate uniform made mine through Christ. Help me to put on the full armor every day so that I can hold the line no matter what challenge I face. In Jesus’ name, Amen.