When we wake up each day we get ready and get dressed for the day. How many of us who claim to know Jesus dress ourselves spiritually? The first thing we need to put on is 'the whole armor of God' that is mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-18. I will put it here for you to read.
"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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around 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."
If you have children at home you could pray with them to keep the armor of God on and teach them how it helps to quench the fiery darts Satan will throw at us daily through various situations in our life. The younger the child the better to imprint it in on their brain. Satan is out to get our kids and we have authority in Jesus name and can pray them into their spiritual armor.
Colossians 1:12-14 says" Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
So just like we dress with our earthly garments in the morning we need to also clothe ourselves with spiritual garments to be ready to meet the challenges each day holds.
Put off ugliness, hatred, jealously,bitterness, anger, rage, evil speaking, boasting, gossip, lying, stealing, cheating, sexual immorality, lust, greed, worry, fear, fighting, coveting and sensuality.
These things need to be placed in the 'rag pile'. Do not send them to the 'thrift store' for others but get rid of them entirely. A child of God should not be 'clothing' themselves with these horrible items. If you have trouble in any area God can help you be delivered from it if I only will call out to Him.
Ephesians 4:22-24 says "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." Isaiah 64:6 says "All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away."
Today if you hear and obey the voice of the Lord seek to be 'clothed' in his holy garments and live for Him.
PRAYER: Father God I desire to put on good things in my life that draw me closer to you. Help me as I seek to put off the things in my life which do not bring glory to you. Help me to put them in a rag pile and never pick the up again. In Jesus name. Amen.