Ephesians 6:14-20 – “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” NKJV
The morning began a bit later than usual and things have a vastly different appearance when that happens. The quietness and solitude are not so quiet and there are many of God’s creatures scurrying about. I sense things astir in the spiritual realm. I have and am enjoying my coffee, bible reading, and conversation with the Lord. Today, He told me to “Get Dressed…”
I was praying for this country and the state she is in and what we can and should do to right the ship. He let me ramble for a while and heard my rants, fears, concerns, and complaints, and then finally when I took a breath I heard in my spirit, “Get dressed to go out to Battle. Get dressed to take a stand and not be moved. Get ready for the battle after the battle. Be prepared not just for the battle but for the war.” That stopped me in my tracks and caused me to think for a while and after about an hour I came inside to the computer.
We are to stand “wrapped” in truth, God’s truth. His truth is the truth that shall make us free! This is the truth that leads us to life! This is the truth is impeachable and impeccable! The Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Righteous!
Wrapped in that truth is step one! Then, we are to have on the breastplate of righteousness. Our hearts must be covered with righteousness, not ours but His. Our righteousness is but filthy rags, but His righteousness is whiter than the driven snow. It is pure without human imperfections. We are to seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness!
That’s when things happen, not before! Take the shield of faith. We must exhibit faith, trust, and confidence settled assurance in Him, His word, His will, and His way. We are to walk in Total Confidence in Him and His promises, walking without wavering. We must not be double-minded but steadfast in our confidence.
We are to take the helmet of salvation. It is most interesting that salvation would be a helmet (head covering) but that is because we must get our minds right, our thoughts right. We are to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. As a man thinks in his heart so is he. We are to take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. We must immerse ourselves in God’s word and become so saturated with that word that if you cut us, we would bleed the word. So, we are ready always to give an answer to every man for the reason of the hope that is within us.
Finally, we are to Pray, which is a vital portion of this attire. We are to pray Always! Praying with ALL prayer and supplication in the spirit – watching with perseverance for all the saints and then we can Stand and Stand Boldy. It is then we can become unmovable, steadfast. Dressed up and ready to go to war and ready to go home if the need is but Unmovable! Prepared for Battle!
For us to see revival, renewal, and restoration come to this world we must fight the good fight of faith. We must continue to pray for our leaders and our land. We must continue to be clothed with God’s prescribed attire for battle and we must use the weapons of our warfare, which are mighty through God to the pulling down strongholds. The battle is before us, and the Lord is with us the only questions are – – Will we endure to the end? Will we after having done all to stand, stand? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!
May the rich and bountiful blessing of the LORD be upon you as go through your day and may the Lord of Hosts grant you peace and wisdom to do all that you have been commissioned to do on this beautiful day He has made!