BY: JASON PAYNE
E-MAIL ADDRESS: Jason@lifeassembly.com
BIBLE TEXT: Ephesians 6:11: “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.”
Something that my family and I really enjoy is boating. We all really love the water and being out on the lake. My kids were pretty much water babies when they were little and still are today. They love to swim and they love to tube. But as many of you know, before you get out on the lake there is a lot of preparation that must be done. You have to make sure the battery is charged on the boat, gas is in the tank, that there’s ice is in the cooler, that plenty of air is in the trailer tires, and most importantly that you have plenty of sunscreen!
There is one thing that I have found to be true: most people do not apply sunscreen to their skin properly. You know why? Because most of us don’t read directions or we just ignore them and choose to do it our way. See, most people don’t apply sunscreen until after they have already been exposed to the sun. But the directions specifically tell you to PUT IT ON 30 MINUTES PRIOR to exposure to the sun for it to work like it is designed to. It is the same with our spiritual battle. God has given us specific directions to follow to protect us from the enemy and his schemes. If I leave my house everyday without putting on the full armor of God I might as well expect to get burned by the devil. I have to read, I have to pray, I have to be prepared for what is coming my way. Also, just like with sunscreen, if I miss a spot putting it on then guess what? I’m gonna get burned! I can’t have any holes in my armor, no weaknesses in my defense because if I do the enemy will find it. (1 Peter 5:8 NLT) Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. The bottom line is if we don’t PUT ON OUR SONSCREEN (Armor of God) we might as well expect to get ambushed, beat down, and burned up by the devil.
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father,
As I armor up today, protect me from the fiery darts of the devil. Protect me from any deception or distractions that the enemy may try to use for his advantage. Guard my heart and my mind. Give me spiritual ears to hear and eyes to see all the traps and tricks that may come my way. Direct my steps and lead me down the right path as I meditate on your Truth and walk in your Spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Christy, for 19 years. We have 2 amazing children: Elijah and Kayla. I am the facilities manager at Life Assembly and just received my Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Counseling. I enjoy doing missionary work, playing basketball, boating, watching Alabama football, and eating hot donuts!