Don’t Leave Home Without It

A couple weeks ago, my phone was acting up. Battery wouldn’t charge and I just couldn’t get it to work. I need my phone for work especially as the hospital uses it to call me when I am on call like this morning. I didn’t take my cell phone to work with me that morning, thinking I would would come back and take it to the store to get it replaced. As I was walking to work that morning, I realized it was the farthest I had been from my cell phone in a long time. It’s been such a habit of taking my phone with me wherever I go that it’s second nature. I wish I had the same feeling about the armor of God.

I need this armor more than I need my cell phone. The helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the sword of the Spirit, the shield of faith, the belt of truth. I am having flashbacks of Bibleman right now. If you don’t know who that is, don’t worry about it too much. He was a fictional superhero who armor sequence, like a Christian Batman, was all about putting on the armor of God.

Every day, we need this protective armor to secure us against the wiles of the devil. It is invaluable, and you can’t just leave it behind. It must be around you, on you and in your hand. It will protect you unlike your cell phone. Your cell phone will respond to your need, while the armor will help guide your feet, your thoughts, and your faith.

Even now as I compose this, I am holding my cell phone. Perhaps that phone can be a reminder that I need the armor of God everywhere I go. I hope today brings you exactly what you need. May God bless you.

Dear God, I am humbled before your majesty this morning. It is no small thing to be granted Your Own Armor to defend me from the wiles of the devil. And unlike Saul’s armor, yours is a perfect fit. Thank you for thinking so much of me as to deserve your personal protection. Please help me to remember it today to bring it with me wherever I go. In Jesus’ holy Name, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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