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How do you “put on” the armor of God?


Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Ephesians 6:10-13
            Putting on the armor is not a literally statement but a spiritual one.  To put on the armor would mean to surround yourself through prayer and Bible encouragement.  To focus your mind and heart on God’s power and His working in the world around you. 
            The battle, as these verses indicate, is not physical, but a battle of dark spiritual forces.  Physical armor would do no good because spiritual enemies creep into our mind, heart and spirit and throw us off through doubt, fear and misconception.  The armor must be full and complete, surrounding every part of your body so you can move into enemy territory confident of God’s protection.