this is one of those passages that just makes perfect sense:
the belt of truth – making God’s truth the center of your being.
the breastplate of righteousness – the absolute protection of doing the right thing.
feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace – walking in peace with God and with the people around you.
the shield of faith – God’s impregnable aegis against the enemy’s attacks.
the helmet of salvation – God’s grace protecting our thoughts and minds at present and our souls for all eternity.
the sword of the spirit-God’s word cutting throught the ambiguities of a relativistic culture.
be alert and pray – constant radio contact with the One who can protect, heal, love, and save for all eternity.
this all makes so much sense, but it isn’t always easily put into practice. how many days do i walk out the door without putting on any armor? how alert am i really? do i pray in the spirit on all occasions? not really. what would happen if i did…if we did? i know some of the struggles of this life wouldn’t have the effects they do now. maybe perspectives on all sorts of things would change. maybe we would be able to focus a little more on the things that matter in this world, namely the things that aren’t of this world. maybe we wouldn’t be so easily wounded. maybe we would defeat the enemy when we see him at work. maybe…