Do you realize here on Planet Earth we are in a battle between good and evil, God and Satan? As a former member of the US Army I know that soldiers do not go into battle wearing blue jeans and a polo shirt but they are dressed in the proper uniform to protect and camouflage them. There are key pieces of equipment that are required to give them a fighting chance in combat. If these things are not worn they risk injury, capture, or death.In our Spiritual battle we require special items to ward off and defeat Satan. In Colossians3:14(NIV) it says 'Therefore as God's chosen people dearly and loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.' Note that word "clothe" referring to getting dressed. So we "dress" in a Christlike fashion but we also "dress" for serious battle against the enemy, Satan, who is prowling around like a roaring lion(See 1 Peter 5:8-10).Ephesians 6:10-17(NIV) says the following '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.'
Now imagine yourself in the morning, "clothing" yourself first them putting on your suit of armor to go out not the world. See where it says your "sword" is the word of God? No soldier would go into battle without his rifle and we believers should not go out into our battleground each day until we are "armed and ready" to take on the enemy. You "arm" yourself by reading your Bible.Are you dressed for battle today? Have you picked up your Bible and read it to help strengthen yourself for the battle that rages on in this world against evil forces? Satan is defeated by using the word of God. Tell him to get behind you(Matthew 16:23) and leave you alone because you are a child of God.PRAYER: Lord Jesus it is my desire to be fully equipped each and every day to face whatever the "world" throws at me. I know in order to be prepared I need to be guided and strengthened by the words found in the Bible. When the enemy tries to get me too busy to spend time with you I will resist him. When the enemy says "it is more important to watch the morning news" I realize I need to fight Him and stand firm. Help me Lord as I want you in my life early in the morning to start my day of battle correctly. In Jesus' name. Amen.