I was reading a story recently about a man who was feeling depressed. He was in a sales job that he wasn’t cut out for, and it was not going well for him. He got more and more dejected, until a day came that he just sat in his cubicle and did nothing all day because he had lost all motivation. Then God gave him a glimpse of the spiritual realm. He saw an enemy spirit sitting on the desk, giving off a visible cloud of negativity that was filling the atmosphere around him.
After that revelation, God gave him a strategy. He started writing a book that had been on his heart to author for some time. He was so excited about this project, that he found himself newly invigorated. During every break and at lunchtime, he grabbed those extra minutes to work on it. He began experiencing wonderful creative success in an area he was passionate about. This in turn brought up his energy for other areas of his life, including work.
Soon, God gave him another glimpse into the spiritual realm. He saw that he had developed a bright layer of light all around him. The enemy spirit was still there giving off negativity, but it could not longer reach him. The layer of light encompassed him completely, working as an impenetrable, glowing shield. The lethargy and discouragement that had been dragging him down was noticeably gone from his soul. Although God did not call him to stay at that job permanently, he did find the strength needed to complete his season there with newfound enthusiasm.
As I was pondering this story, Holy Spirit was speaking to my heart about that layer of light he saw. What that man described is what Scripture refers to as our “armor of light” (Rom. 13:12). Jesus is the Light of the World. He calls us to “put Him on,” just as you would pull on an item of clothing; or in this case, a piece of armor (v. 14). To put on the Lord Jesus Christ is to put on His light. We can literally clothe ourselves in the layer of light that our brother saw on himself. Following the lead of His Spirit, we can suit up with heavenly radiance. When we do that, the enemy’s strategies against us fall flat!
Putting on the armor of light might look like a prayer where you specifically dress yourself with each piece described in Ephesians 6:14-17. As the above story illustrates, taking specific steps of obedience to the Lord’s leading can also help us to activate His armor. Taking a praise break to exalt God with all of our hearts is another way to step into that protective layer of light. Speaking and declaring His Word out loud is yet another.
I hear Him saying to us, “Shields up!” I believe He wants to teach us the functionality of the spiritual armor He has given us. This protective layer He has made available to us is real, and it works. Let’s ask Him today to train us, both in awareness of its reality, and in our use of it.
Do you actively put on the armor of God at the beginning of your day?