I recently faced a big battle with my anxiety. My anxiety level shot through the roof. I couldn’t keep a clear perspective of what was happening. My fears seemed to have taken over. All that I thought or imagined came true in my mind. Those fears were guiding my thoughts instead of the Word. I was in a complete battle and it felt like the enemy was winning.
Today as I look in retrospect, I am reminded of these verses in Ephesians 6. First we are commanded to be strong in the Lord. We can’t be strong in and of ourselves. We need God’s strength to uphold and help us. The 2nd command is to put on the full armor of God! The Lord helped me to see that I face battles with very little armor. This gets me beaten up and bruised by my adversary. We are supposed to be wearing the full armor of God, so we can stand against the schemes of the enemy.
The pieces of the armor are, the belt of truth, breast plate of righteousness, shoes for the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit. Each one makes a collective effort to enable us to stand in a fight we are facing. I’d encourage you to read over Ephesians 6 and see which elements of the armor you might be missing today. Choose to put them and see how God will ready you for battle.