Many people are familiar with the saying, “Put on the full armor of God.” It’s often a vague statement which is thrown around without much thought given to just how frequently this analogy is referenced in the Bible.
For those who recognize the phrase, but need a refresher, as to what the “full armor” entails read the following:
…Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour 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 armour 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Eph: 6:10-17
Each piece of the armor specifies function, and if you relate form and function it’s clear how vital each item is in relation to each attributing part.
For example a sword cannot hold itself in place while sheathed; it needs a belt to hold it in place. Nor can you as easily defend yourself with only a sword.
However, spiritual battle and battles in life whether a sickness, loss of a loved one, or job stresses can cause dents and chinks in our armor. These damages cause us to become vulnerable to the enemy and his destructive ways.
No matter how limited or ready you feel for the storms of life, the armor of God must readily be repaired and fastened firmly.
For instance if you feel lacking in readiness, and quick to falter in fear, shape your readiness with the Word of God. Read your Bible, find a mentor, finding support from God in those places will help repair your damaged armor.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.