It’s audio devo day! Today in our overcoming fear series we talk about one of the most important strategies for living in victory above this foe. Be immensely blessed as you listen here:
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“You are her [children] if you do what is right and do not give way to fear” (1 Peter 3:6, NIV).
Don’t give way to fear. Don’t be afraid. How we need this encouragement! In fact, the Bible gives it to us 365 times, once for every day of the year. There’s a good reason we need to be constantly reminded to stand firm against fear. It’s the enemy’s favorite weapon against us. Every day of our lives, he works arduously in both blatant and subtle ways, attempting to trap us in fear.
You know, dear one, we don’t have to take it. Father God has given us everything we need for victorious living. He imparts this message to us once again: “Don’t give way to fear.” He provides this command to empower us continually. Through His very words, He is supernaturally enabling us to conquer in our daily battles. And along with the command, He also lays out very practical instructions for living this way. In His Word, we find the “How To’s” He has written down for us.
Here’s one of the essential ones: “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” (Ephesians 6:10-11, NIV). You can be strong, my friend. It says so here. But not in your own strength. Your own is severely limited. Instead, find your strength in God. In His presence, in relationship with Him, draw on His mighty power. It’s infinite. It’s for you. And it’s more than enough for the battles you are facing right now.
He also reminds us here to put on His armor. Specifically, all of it. He wants none of you uncovered. Armor is a spiritual layer that covers every vulnerable part of you with protection. It’s the opposite of being naked. It’s the opposite of being exposed. What Adam and Eve lost, Jesus bought with His blood: full coverage for you. In Him, you are completely covered. Completely shielded. Completely sealed in. Completely protected.
Here’s something to think about. Do you realize that every piece of armor that this Ephesians passage describes (6:13-17) is an aspect of His personal presence? The belt of truth – HE is your Truth. The breastplate of righteousness. HE is your righteousness. The gospel of peace for your feet – HE is your peace. The helmet of salvation – HE is your salvation. Do you see the pattern?
Dressing yourself in His armor means dressing yourself with His presence. This is why Romans 13:12 calls it “the armor of light.” Jesus’ presence emanates so much light that heaven needs no sun. God is actually inviting us to wear His light, to wear His glorious presence. Two verses later, this same passage of Romans tells us, “…Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ…” (v. 14, NIV). He invites us lovingly, clothe yourself with My armor of light. Clothe yourself with Me.
Every day, He wants you and me to activate this priceless gift He purchased for us. So go ahead. Slip on the most glorious robe you have ever sported: Jesus Himself. Put Him on. Array yourself with His light. Garb yourself with His righteousness, peace, and salvation. Wear Him everywhere you walk today.
This is how we do it. This is how we take our stand against the enemy. This is how we live unafraid. In His presence, fear cannot stay. So enrobe yourself in His closeness right now, dear one. Suit up with that armor of light. My friend, this is how we overcome.
Do you regularly put on the armor of God? If so, what are your observations of how this affects your day?