Armour up: From intentional choice to ingrained habit

Recently, my two-year-old nephew came over for a short stay while my sister delivered her second child. It was a fun time of bonding, except that each morning started with us chasing him to brush his teeth and change out of his wet diaper.

Brushing our teeth has become a morning and evening habit for all of us, but when it comes to the little one, it is a challenge, and if we are not careful, he gets his way, especially when “later” is an excuse for procrastination and “forgot” is usually the end result. Yet, we all know that if he doesn’t brush his teeth, he will have dental issues later on.

When we look at our spiritual habits, do we intentionally choose to put on the full armour of God and let that be a habit over time? As we read today’s passage on the armour of God, how many pieces of the armour do you have on now? Are you like my little nephew who says “later” and “I forgot” until we are hurt badly by the world?

The armour of God has seven pieces: the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of readiness from the Gospel of Peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit, and prayer. To dress up in it every day takes an intentional effort, unless it becomes part of us and part of our daily lives.

Ephesians 6:13 says, Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Just as the COVID-19 situation has made wearing a mask part of our gear when we step out of our houses, so is the armor of God important in this day so that we are able to stand firm.

When people ask, “Where is God during this time of COVID-19?” as they see virus clusters in churches and observe riots around the world, are you shaken? Do doubts creep in? Are you avoiding a response? How can we intentionally choose to be in the armour of God so that it becomes our habit to live daily in God’s word?

May we armour up today with these:

  • Belt of truth – Our identity is in Christ and as John 8:31-32 says, when we abide in God’s word, we are truly His disciples and we will know the Truth and the Truth will set us free. Truth is the belt that holds the armour together.
  • Breastplate of righteousness – In His righteousness, and as the breastplate protects our heart, so does righteousness protect our hearts from the world’s sinful enticement.
  • Shoes of readiness from the Gospel Peace – When we let the doubt of the world shake us, we fall easily. Therefore, we need to have a firm foundation in the Gospel, to have the peace of knowing we are secure in what Christ has done for us.
  • Shield of faith – When we trust in God’s power and protection, we remember that God works all things for good, and that we can extinguish the arrows this world throws at us.
  • Helmet of salvation – The helmet protects our head, where a blow could prove fatal. Without salvation there is no victory.
  • Sword of the Spirit – The word of God. Christ used Scripture to defeat Satan when He was tempted in the desert.
  • Prayer – We are called to pray at all times. In prayer we show our reliance upon God.

Let’s think about how we can put on our full armour daily, moving from intentional choice to ingrained habit.

Dns Justina Ng