We all spend time getting dressed in the morning. Some people take an astronomical amount of time making sure everything is in order, and making sure they look and smell good. The hair has to be just right, clothes are properly in place, makeup is flawless…they’re ready. All this is natural, and I’m not trying to take away from the experience of looking nice, but how much time do you spend getting spiritually dressed each day? Have you given God any time? Have you prayed? Have you sought His instructions for what he wants you to do today? If you walk out of the house without having an encounter with God, you’re setting yourself up for a bad day no matter how good you may look.
We spend so much time getting dressed in the natural, that we’re completely naked spiritually. In particular, you may look nice and smell nice, but you’re getting beat up by the devil because you forgot to put on your armor. You can leave the house looking like a perfect 10, but by the time you get home, you look like you’ve been hit by a truck. Looking good served you know purpose if you’ve been beat up by the devil. In today’s world, you cannot afford to walk out of your house without your spiritual armor on. Yes, you still have to get physically dressed, but I rather have you spend the majority of your time getting dressed in the things of God. It will help you to deal differently with people, your circumstances, your job, your friends, your family, and even the devil. Getting dressed spiritually does not always stop bad days, crazy people, unpleasant circumstances, or the devil from attacking you, but it does limit the effect it will have on you.
There is a number of spiritual armor that you must clothe yourself with and “put on” on a daily basis. You don’t just wake up and your clothes “jump” on your body. You have to make a conscious decision to put them on, and the same principle works for your spiritual clothes as well. You can’t get upset with God when things don’t go right if you never even put on the armor that He left for you to wear. Even after you clothe yourself and you’re well into your day, depending on your environment, you may have to excuse yourself to a quiet place to “freshen up.” Just like women go to the “powder room” to make sure they still look decent, you, too, will have to excuse yourself to get in the presence of the Lord and refuel yourself. You can’t function properly with just one or two pieces of armor…you must clothe yourself with ALL of it.
- Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:14 NIV).
- Directive: Put on Christ (also see Galatians 3:27)
- Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him (Colossians 3:10 NLT).
- Directive: Put on your “new” nature
- Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3:14 NLT).
- Directive: Put on love (this is the most important piece of armor)
- But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:8 NIV).
- Directive: Put on faith and love as your armor and salvation as your helmet
- Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere (Ephesians 6:11-18 NLT).
- Directive: Put on the belt of truth; the body armor of righteousness; the helmet of salvation; the shoes of peace; hold up the shield of faith; and lift up the sword of the Spirit.
- Prayer is not a piece of armor that you literally “put on,” but communication with God is essential in day to day activities.
I know you’re probably thinking, “Wow! That’s a lot to put on”; and it may be, but I guarantee you that you will be much better off with your spiritual armor on than what you picked to wear for the day. However long it takes to get ready spiritually outweighs your normal time in front of the mirror. Don’t expect the power of God to cover you if you won’t take the time to get charged up.
God didn’t tell you to get dressed spiritually and leave you armor if He felt that you didn’t need it. You are facing enemies every day, and you need to be prepared for the battle. Adding in some extra time to your morning will not kill you. You may have to go to bed earlier and get up a little earlier, but you’ll be glad that you did. If life has been kicking your butt and you’re tired of seeing bad days, this is the change that you need. You can’t lose when you’re equipped with the things of God and covered with His presence. So get suited up and take on your day.