A couple of folks took up my challenge to write a devotional based on their Bible study and Christian walk. Here’s an inspiring word from Laurie Thorn…
Putting On The Armor of God
I struggled for many years, unbeknownst to me, with a scriptural misconception. When faced with challenges, I would, as Ephesians 6:10 told me, “Put on the whole armor of God…” The interesting thing is that I would “put it on,” but then fail to remember that it was there protecting me. I would forget I was wearing it, and allow the flaming arrows of my past, and the ones of the present, to penetrate it. It wasn’t until I finally, truly, gave my painful past to God that I saw that I didn’t need to “put it on.” This was because when I first declared that Jesus was my Lord, I put on “The whole armor of God” as described in detail in Ephesians 6:10-20, and I wear it All The Time! This realization came after REALLY giving my painful past to God. I learned that up to that point I might have prayed to be rid of these hurts, but I had not truly relinquished it all to Him! Only My husband and close friends know the very clear vision God gave me. It is Me, standing on a hilltop, arms akimbo, legs planted firmly on the ground, clothed fully in the armor described in Ephesians 6, shield in one hand, sword in the other, hair and a cape blowing in the breeze, with the biggest smile on my face! The only extra addition is a cape! Wonder Woman circa 1945. I still have my moments, but my past no longer defines who I am. My Heavenly Father does!