Ephesians 6:11 (NASB) Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
After the third time it popped loose, I knew I left something out. As a young man, I had put together a project, tightened all the bolts and made sure it was secure, but as the project began to move around, the bolts came lose. I tightened them up again and again. Today's scripture instructs us to put on the full armor of God. Then and only then will we be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. After tightening the project for the third time, it occurred to me that I left out some very important parts—small parts, but oh so important. I left out the lock washers… small circular rings that were bent in such a way as to hold the nuts in place. That's how it is with the armor of God. If we forget to put even the smallest piece on, our armor will come lose and be open to attack. Even if we try to tighten it ourselves against the schemes of the devil, if we don't have all the armor on and have it on tight, we will fall to his schemes. When was the last time you checked to make sure all your armor was on before going into battle... even the smallest piece?
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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