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Ann Farabee: Let’s armor up

Anybody in a battle out there? Not only are we facing personal battles, but there are many happenings in our country and in our world that can be quite concerning.

Ephesians 6:12 says that our battles are against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Yes, supernatural power is needed and we have it- through God’s armor around us and the Holy Spirit who lives within us.

I would like to encourage you to begin making sure you put on your armor of God each day — as soon as your feet hit the floor, during your devotional time, in difficult situations — whenever you can. It will be worth the minute it takes.

Here are the steps I take from Ephesians 6:10-18 that help me to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. It is easy to do and can be even more simplified if you want your children to learn to armor up each day, as well. Children can learn it quickly and it will help them to better understand God’s Protection in their daily lives. It is such a great way to get focused and prepared for your day. It has been a life changer for me.

• Helmet of Salvation: I am putting on my helmet of salvation. (Yes, actually take both hands and place that imaginary helmet over your head.) Thank You for my salvation. Be in my mind and thoughts today. Protect me.

• Breastplate of Righteousness: I am putting on my breastplate of righteousness. (Use both arms and move them as if you are putting on a jacket. Then, hold it tightly against your chest as you pray.) Help me live in righteousness today. Make me into Your likeness. Guard my heart. Protect me.

• Belt of Truth: I am putting on my belt of truth. (Use your hands and imagine the belt going around your waist. Hold on to it as you pray.) Lead me in truth. Protect me from forces of evil. Thank You for Your truth that sets me free.

• Shoes of Peace: I am putting on my shoes of peace. (Pretend to place the shoes on one at a time as you pray.) I pray for peace through the Holy Spirit in my life as I walk through my day. Lead me to anyone that needs to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Help me to share that news.

• Shield of Faith: I am picking up my shield of faith. (Reach out for the shield and picture yourself holding it in your hand as you pray.) Lord, help me to fight off temptations, fears, and doubts – those fiery darts that may come my way. I claim victory through Jesus Christ.

• Sword of the Spirit: I am picking up my sword of the Spirit- Your Word. (Pretend you are picking up your Bible in the other hand and hold it up as you pray.) Help me to use Your Word to guide my day. Keep it on my heart.

One helmet, one breastplate, one belt, one pair of shoes, one shield, one sword. Priceless. Enjoy life being armored up. I do.

If you would like a printable copy of the ‘Armor of God’ for yourself or for your children, please email me at annfarabee@gmail.com

Ann Farabee, writer, teacher, and speaker, has taught in Kannapolis City Schools and Mooresville Schools. Contact her at annfarabee@gmail.com

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