Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil's schemes.
Each day when I leave the house, I give myself a little pat-down.
Bulge in the right pocket — that means I've got my wallet. Lump in the left-hand pocket. That's my house keys. Need those. Bump in the top pocket. I've got my pen. Bump in the back pocket; that's my comb. Lumps, bumps and bulges everywhere. I need all those things, so I can do my daily work. Yet, necessary as all those are, we should take other things along.
The Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Ephesians that we should "Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil's schemes." Paul was not shut away from the world. He was teaching and preaching Christ right in the middle of the great cities of his time. Life could be tough then, and it can be tough now. Real people have real problems. We face daily opposition. A few verses later, Paul uses the armour of a Roman soldier as an example of how we should gird ourselves for each day.
There are enough problems and challenges to fill every day. Yet, with our minds turned to God at the start of each day, fortified with God's word, we will have all the armour we need for the daily battle.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we think so much in life is necessary, when, in Your eyes, it is not. Help us see that the one thing we should never leave home without is true faith in you, and remembering our calling to be your disciples. Amen.