PI Girls, in life we go through seasons of dryness and barrenness, and then we go through seasons of abundance, overflow and fruitfulness. Regardless of what season of life we’re in, we need to clothe ourselves with godliness and righteousness. It is so important to put on the helmet of salvation, to wear the belt of truth, the shield of faith, holding the sword of the Spirit, wearing the shoes of peace and wearing the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6).
In the days we live in, there is darkness, temptation and a lot of distractions. The busyness of life can drown out God’s voice and keep it hard for us to be close to the Lord. I have been getting a lot of emails and messages from PI Girls saying, “I feel distant from God” or “I can’t hear God’s voice as clearly.” These seasons can come and go, but usually this indicates that we don’t have our armor on and/or we choose to walk a different path than God’s path. God gives us free will, but He is gracious and He also instructs us to draw near to Him (James 4), to clothe ourselves with the Word of God (Romans 13:14) and to put on the full armor of God to withstand the devil’s schemes. We need to be alert, clear-minded and watching in prayer.
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. (Ephesians 6:10-17)
God’s Word is so powerful and is like a protective garment over us. When we walk in faith, it is like a shield surrounding us and protecting us from the enemy’s fiery darts. The Word is also known as the “living water” (John 4:10) that can quench those fiery darts, trials, temptations or attacks from the enemy. This is all figurative, but there is a battle for our attention, time, talent, treasure and our lives—the question is who will we serve and live for? I want to be geared up and ready to serve the ultimate commander and chief, Jesus Christ, and to honor our Father in heaven, amen? In order to do that, we all need to clothe our minds and hearts with the truth.
PI Girls, how can we step out in the world that opposes God without reading God’s Word or hearing the protective truth for our minds before the day begins? When we do take time to read a devotion, a scripture, and to pray before school or work, this gives us a reminder of WHO we are living for. We are not living for ourselves or building our own empire or our name—no, we are Kingdom builders! We are working unto the Lord Jesus Christ! We are advancing the Kingdom of heaven by sharing the GOOD NEWS that people don’t have to live in darkness, hopeless or fear!
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God… (Ephesians 2:8)
God gave us a free gift—His son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so we can live in eternity after this life ends (John 3). We are so privileged to know this and to have been born again. Many people are walking around in the darkness, blind to the truth, and need to hear this. That is why we need to be prepared to give an answer and be ready to share as the servants of Christ. Think of yourself in the army of the Lord! We are the body of Christ and we all need to wear our battle gear!
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)
Imagine going to the front lines of a war and not having clothing or weapons on, or being prepared. That would be foolish, and we would be an easy target for the opposing army. That is the same way it is spiritually—when we are not wearing God’s Word and it is not fresh in our minds, we can easily fall into the flesh and/or human nature and operate out of carnality (worldliness) rather than through the spirit.
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. (Galatians 5:17)
So just like when you get ready for school in the morning and you clothe yourself with a garment, think of reading the scriptures as wearing God’s Word, and clothing your mind and heart with the truth.
PI Girls, do you read the Word daily? Do you now understand the importance of clothing yourself with Christ? Comment below!