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.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
As a tactical Christian, we are focused on winning the war. In order to win, though, we have to be prepared for battle each and every day. Vince Lombardi espoused that “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing.” He went on to say, “You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
When we get up each morning we should get fully dressed in our armor, putting on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of readiness, shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. When any one of these things is missing, we are vulnerable to the enemy. These are also critical when it comes to our ability to stand our ground. That said, we are setting ourselves up for failure if we aren’t fully prepared.
Being a person of truth is essential. We all know that a little lie leads to a bigger lie, and a bigger lie, and an even bigger lie. Even if we’ve done something wrong, it’s better to be truthful and confess than to get caught later.
Romans 3:10 states, “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;” So what are we to do? Our righteousness comes from Christ alone. It is He who protects our hearts, and we must rely on Him. It is through confession of our sins, asking for forgiveness, that we are able to go on.
We must be ready to move. Our readiness comes from the gospel of peace; a peace that passes all understanding. Fear can cause us to freeze or take flight, but the peace of God gives us the courage to move. When we see an opportunity to show God’s love to others, we must not hesitate. Our deeds are evidence of our faith.
Our faith provides a shield that protects us from the arrows of Satan. Our faith in God is what keeps us going long-term, instead of thinking about what we are currently facing. Relying on our faith is a habit we must form. Never forget that God is the one who is in control!
The helmet of salvation protects our mind, where Satan works. We are tempted constantly, but it is the hope we have in our salvation that keeps us from succumbing to these temptations.
Last, but not least, is the sword of the Spirit; the word of God. Every day, we must be reading our Bible, studying and preparing to be on both defense and offense. We must be able to share the gospel with others, as well as fighting off the lies of Satan. It is amazing how many times we hear someone say that a passage they read that morning was useful later in the day
As you rise, going about your morning routine, be sure to think about putting on your armor as you prepare to do battle. Without it, you are in danger!