by Dr. Charles Stanley
Friday June 25, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
Dressed for the Battle
People today are overwhelmingly "dress conscious." When we wake up, we think about what we have to do that day and then dress accordingly. Thinking about the spiritual battles we will undoubtedly face each day, then, we should likewise be careful to clothe ourselves appropriately - in the full armor of God.
Each morning as you get dressed, say a prayer like this:
Dear Lord, today I put on the helmet of salvation. Protect my mind from the enemy's attack and give me sound thinking.
I put on the breastplate of righteousness. Guard my heart and emotions from assault. And let me be governed, not by my emotions, but rather by the truth of Your Word.
I strap on the belt of truth. Wrap Your Word around me - around the very core of my being. Protect me from error by keeping me in Your truth.
I step into the sandals of peace. Use me to take your peace into the world today, and let me stand firm in the face of the enemy's attack. By anchoring me in Your Word, enable me to keep my footing,.
I take up the shield of faith. Let the attack of the world, the flesh, and the Devil fall flat against this defensive gear.
Finally, I take up the sword of God, Your Word. Put your Word in my heart and mind in a fresh way, so that it is able to pierce the hearts and minds of those I encounter.
Be sure of this: you are stepping into a spiritual warzone today. Are you dressed for battle?
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