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How to Have a Healthy Hope and a Happy Heart as Halloween Hastens: Truth 5

When my daughter was two, she brought an important lesson to life for me. We were walking in our neighborhood in October, and she was noticing the creepy decorations on people’s porches. She would turn to me, wild eyed, and stiffly say “I’m not scared”. Her expression and her body language said otherwise. Day after day, until those decorations came down, she illustrated the fact that people sometimes present a front that is different than what they are feeling, or who they are on the inside.

Since then I’ve had many interactions with people where I realized that what they were presenting to my eyes and ears was not what I was perceiving with my heart and spirit. And I will admit there have been times when I was reticent to reveal my true self. Haven’t we all been on both sides of this equation? And this brings me to the fifth, and final truth in this series.

How to Have a Healthy Hope and a Happy Heart as Halloween Hastens: Truth 5

The Halloween season reminds us to look beyond the disguises that people wear.

Today is the day for disguises

Today is the day that highlights this truth like no other. We will see people in obvious costumes all around us. We will look at them and know that they have altered their appearance and are playing a character which is not who they really are. We will perceive children beneath their disguises and people we love behind their masks. We will treat them for who we know they are, not for who they present themselves to be today. And oh, what a picture of discernment that we can hold onto for the rest of the year!

It is obvious on Halloween, but next week it won’t be so easy. When our loved ones look like themselves, and hide behind everyday facades, it takes more effort to notice. But it is more crucial than ever that we look through the disguises and into the hearts that lie beneath. What types of costumes might we see on Halloween which mirror those we see in daily life? (Shameless plug for tomorrow’s post on this very topic – I sure hope you’ll join in!)

Halloween disguises: How to have a healthy hope and a happy heart as Halloween hastens: truth 5
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Disguises are obvious on Halloween

There is no time like Halloween to reflect on costumes and disguises. When I see the costumes today, and easily look through them to see a cherished person underneath, I am going to fill my tank of resolve to see through the facades I see all year. Any time I get an opportunity to improve my interactions with other people for God’s glory, I want to lean in.

This Halloween, may you have a healthy hope and a happy heart in light of Who God is and who He has created you to be. On a personal note, this has been my first Halloween season as a blogger, and I realize this series may have been counterintuitive to many of my readers. I cannot thank you enough for reading and engaging and for being so gracious with my point of view. You all are amazing! God is continually blessing me through you.

Click here to read the Introduction to this series.

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Is your Attitude Appropriate for a Dress Code which Requires Full Armor?

This morning, I caught sight of my granddaughter dressed up in an angel costume. Her dress was sparkling white, and her halo was positioned just right, but something was amiss. She was throwing a fit. Her scowling face was buried in her hands. She wore the outfit, and was cute as could be, but fell short of angelic. Her attitude was the problem.

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The Attitude makes the Outfit
Is your Outfit Appropriate for a Dress Code which requires Full Armor? The Attitude Beneath…

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.”

Ephesians 6:11-13 (emphasis mine)

Wow! This has been an eye-opening series! Thank you all for coming along for the ride.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

Proverbs 27:17

I sincerely want to thank everyone who took part by commenting and discussing the dress code which makes up the full armor of God. Hopefully we grew together. I know I learned from you!

  • Fellowship: a friendly relationship marked by ready communication and mutual understanding
  • Conversation: an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue
  • Collaboration: the work and activity of a number of persons who individually contribute toward the efficiency of the whole

To conclude this series, I want to appreciate and highlight a few reader comments. which expanded my perception and comprehension of the Full Armor of God.

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I pretty much owe the premise of this wrap-up post to input from my incredible sister-in-Christ over at God Still Speaks. She pointed out how grateful she is to have a casual dress code for work, as she is self-employed. She is comfortable before she puts on the full armor of God. She prompted me to think about how important it is to have a proper foundation.

What do we wear under our armor? Our attitudes and motives! If we don’t allow God to be the Master of those, how can we expect His outerwear to be comfortable? My granddaughter drove the point home today, displaying what a bad attitude does to a shiny outfit. It dulls the whole thing!

I had to increase my full armor gratitude meter when Betty Draper from Wise Hearted reminded me that we didn’t pay a single cent for this outfit. Jesus paid it all! We’re protected by a breastplate of righteousness and a helmet of salvation which we could never purchase for ourselves. We could work our whole lives to earn just these two pieces and we’d still fall vastly short. What a gift – free to us, but so costly to our Savior!

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Gary Fultz noted that God’s full armor always fits. What an incredibly miraculous truth, right? Sometimes our faith is puny, and sometimes it goes through seasons of growth. But our shields are always sufficient. Oh, and the truth onto which we latch can be so shortsighted, but our belts always buckle well around our waists. Do you know why? Because it is based on the perfection of Jesus – the size of His merit, not ours.

Looking ahead with resolve, Hope, from Patiently Hopeful, called her armor a precious gift and said she wanted to be mindful to wear it constantly. It made me ponder my cell phone. I don’t go anywhere without it, not even to the other room. You have probably developed the same habit. Why? Because it has everything we need – our shopping and to-do lists, the time, the weather, Google, our maps and GPS, our step-counters…

But are those things more important than our armor? If we don’t go anywhere without our phones, how much more should we make sure to always have our feet fitted with readiness to share the gospel and our swords, which are the words of God?

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If you are not connected with the above bloggers, I highly recommend a visit to their sites. You will be encouraged and strengthened in your walk with God through what they have to say. Prayerfully, you are already gleaning from their insights, as I have shared what I’ve learned from their pearls of wisdom.

How is your battle-preparedness right now? Is your Belt of Truth securely buckled? Is your Breastplate of Righteousness in place? Are your Feet Fitted with Readiness to share the Gospel? Have you taken up your Shield of Faith? Have you accepted your Helmet of Salvation? Do you have the Sword of the Spirit ready in hand? Have you assumed a Posture of Prayer? Is it all resting on an Attitude which has been grounded and founded upon Christ Jesus? Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor?

Thanks again for journeying through this series with me on Monday nights! It is always such a blessing to me when you all visit the back porch. I appreciate the fellowship, conversation and collaboration with you. Whether you are just stopping by for the first time or you have been a regular for months, you are valued and always welcome!

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You’re an Influencer! How to Use Your Reach in 2 Worthy Ways (Jesus and Jeans)

Do you know you are an influencer? You are! I am too. We each have our areas of strength, but we all should know how to use our reach in at least two broad and influential ways – earthly and eternal. I’ve subtitled my two areas of influence for today “Jesus and Jeans”.

I heard, on the radio, that the word ‘influencer’ was relatively unused until a decade ago, and recently it has become regular vernacular. The reporter noted that, not only is the term ‘influencer’ a well-understood concept, but it is actually a top career aspiration for many of today’s youth. I haven’t vetted the information, but as far as my personal experience, it lines up. Had you heard or used the word before the past few years?

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As often happens to me when I’m alone in the car, the continued radio dialogue faded from my concentration and my own thoughts took over. Would I want to be an influencer? If I could, in what area of life would I want people to follow my influence? Well, that’s easy! I’d want them to follow me as I follow Jesus.

Influencer for Eternal Things

Hmm… that would come with a lot of responsibility. I would want to step up my game. If I were a full-time Christian influencer, I’d do more study, have more open conversations, and be more genuine as Jesus takes my old and broken ugliness and replaces it with His perfect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.

But wait, I thought. I am an influencer. At least on the tiny scale that is my sphere of… {what is it?} influence! I have a sphere of influence. It starts with my family and extends out from there.

You all are in my sphere of influence. And I am in yours. We are all influencers.

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We may not get paid the way the word might imply today, but people are watching. And copying. Are we leading them to the Rock of our salvation? I felt Jesus nudging that now is always the appropriate time to step our integrity. We need to live like the influencers we are!

My sphere of influence starts with my family. Am I influencing them in a beneficial way? Honestly, I’ve been influenced by them quite a bit. They are each unique and gifted and have strengths which encourage me.

I told you I was in the car and alone with my thoughts, so please don’t fault me for the rabbit trail I’m about to recount. This is how my brain works. All those neurons, playing hot-potato with my thoughts, began to buzz about how I had been influenced to purchase the pants I was wearing.

Influencer for Earthly Things

Comfort isn’t as important as Heavenly things, but good friends pass along good news, good ideas, and good experiences. By so doing, we add value to each other’s lives.

I looked down (just for a minute, then eyes back on the road) .My daughters have had a huge influence on my sense of fashion. My favorite jeans, which I was wearing, were a recommendation from them.

Jeans for every body: You're an Influencer! How to Use Your Reach in 2 worthy Ways (Jesus and Jeans)
Jeans for every body! LuLaRoe Boyfriend Jeans
(These are models, not my daughters)

My three girls have several pairs of these pants. I’d often heard them talk about how amazing they are, but to be honest, I hadn’t really paid too much attention. That is, until my youngest had a growing pile of denim on her floor which caught my eye.

She said she was getting rid of it all because she only wanted to wear her LuLaRoe jeans. LuLaRoe? I thought they made clothes out of soft t-shirt material. I wasn’t aware they carried denim.

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I am not a LuLaRoe Rep, nor will I make any money from orders sparked by my post. This is simply a sincere product review and recommendation.

Her eyes widened and reiterated the message, “This is what we’ve been trying to tell you!” (Influencers cannot be afraid of repeating the truth they are attempting to perpetuate. It doesn’t always get through on the first try!) “Ok”, she had my attention now. “Show me!”

She threw me a pair and I put them on. Oh, my goodness – they were like butter! So soft! And breathable and bendable and wow – they fit me perfectly! I looked at her sideways and she read my mind. “No, you can’t have them.” I secretly ran the odds of whether she’d notice if I turned the tables and started wearing clothes out of her closet the way she did mine?

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Ignore my novice modeling skills… it’s about the jeans! LuLaRoe Skinny Jeans

It never came to that because my birthday was just a couple of weeks later and my girls got me my own pair of LuLaRoe jeans. They were the same style as the ones I’d tried on in my daughter’s room. A good, versatile, starting pair. I’m not going to lie. I’ve got my own pile of donation denim on my floor now. I don’t want to wear any of my other jeans either.

My husband’s cousin is our dealer – I mean, our LuLaRoe rep. I texted her and told her how much I loved my birthday present and thanked her for supplying the girls. I asked what other styles and colors of jeans they carried. Her answer blew my mind!

There are so many options! I ordered another pair, boyfriend style cut, right then and there. I’m living with a tight budget at the moment, but I am already brainstorming ways to earn extra cash so I can purchase another color or two.

Boyfriend Cut Jeans: You're an Influencer! You're an Influencer! How to Use Your Reach in 2 worthy Ways (Jesus and Jeans)
Photo Credit: My oldest daughter My second pair of LuLaRoe jeans – Boyfriend Cut. Baggie or belted, rolled up or down – so, so comfy!

My daughters influenced me to try on a pair of jeans and, to use a popular phrase, the experience sparked joy. The jeans are next-level wonderful. And the kindness that my girls showed in their persistence to get me to try something they’d found to be good, and believed would benefit me, really touched me too.

I spend a lot of time on my blog writing about things which, to me, are of first importance. Where you go when you die will determine the bliss or misery of your eternity and I cannot – will not – overlook that. But I also want to have a positive influence on your life right now, if I can.

So from my daughters, to and through me, to you, if you’re looking for a new pair of jeans that are comfy enough to sleep in, check out LuLaRoe. My husband’s cousin – her name is Janell – has even given me permission to give you her email address.

Lularoejanellfears@gmail.com

She can be a personal advisor and shopper for you, helping to determine your needs and finding your perfect pair. She is so nice, and helpful, and not pushy at all!

These jeans are for women, but guys, Janell can be your secret weapon for getting a great gift for your gal! The jeans I wanted were not in her inventory, so while she went cyber-hunting for them, I made dinner and did some writing. That time was precious, and the freedom was fantastic!

This has gotten long. I wanted to tell you a story, but I am going to end this here and give you time to contact Janell about replacing your worn-out or wrong-sized jeans. I’ll tell you that story next Friday.

Thanks, sincerely, for letting me be an influencer today. I will never be – don’t even want to be – an influencer, in the trendy-but-apparently-here-to-stay sense of the word, but I do hope to add value and benefit for your life, for both earthly and eternal things. For me, today, it’s Jesus and jeans (and Janell!). Who or what do you want others to know? How will you get the word out?

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9
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Is your Posture Appropriate for a Dress Code which Requires Full Armor?

I awoke abruptly before dawn this morning. I felt burdened. In my grogginess, I asked God why. He didn’t hesitate to answer. Yesterday was full of irritation. And you know what I did? I complained. I made my displeasure known. You know what I didn’t do? Pray. I didn’t choose to see the good. I wallowed. God ran the reel of my yesterday behind my still-closed eyes, and I repented. I can do better. And this is the post queued up for writing today. I think God is chuckling.

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Complain, complain!
Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor? The Posture of Prayer…

“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. “

Ephesians 6:11-13

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Ephesians 6:18

My friends, last week when we discussed the offensive weapon in our full armor, the Sword of the Spirit, we realized that we don’t have to go out looking for evil. We have been told to stand our ground. This is territory Jesus has already taken. The enemy wants us to forget that small detail, so he comes looking for us. He comes like he’s large and in charge, telling lies and seeking to catch us off guard.

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Stand firm…

Have you ever been caught off guard by something? I have! It is most likely to happen when I have very little to do. Is it the same for you? On the days when my schedule is back-to-back booked, I am alert and efficient, and my head is in the game. But on those days when I have one small meeting or errand in a block of free time, I am likely to be late, or to miss it all together. Why? Because I get distracted.

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Caught off-guard

Our enemy is strategic. He might leave us alone for awhile, sitting with our armor on, not paying attention. But just when we start to sit back on our laurels, he comes at us and knocks us off balance. I think that is what happened to me yesterday. I wasn’t postured for victory.

God wants to keep us focused, so he gives us something to do in our downtime. He tells us to pray. And, as is God’s way, He wastes nothing. Prayer sounds mild but let me tell you something. When we pray, all of Heaven rallies to attention.

When we work, we work. But when we pray, God works, and all of Heaven works with Him.

God commands the myriads of angels. What do you think Satan fears more, your piety or your prayers? He’d much rather meet us armed and arrogant than to find us in a posture of prayer.

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Prayer and Praise

It turns out this last command isn’t just a pastime suggestion after all. It is the crux of our mission! We need to be suited up in God’s full armor, so the enemy can’t stop us from praying.

The posture of prayer is a stance of the heart. We can kneel, stand, bow or look up. We can pray while we’re driving the car, walking the dog, or bathing the kids. But pray, we must!

  • How? in the Spirit
  • When? on all occasions
  • What? with all kinds of prayers and requests
  • How often? always keep on praying
  • For whom? for all the Lord’s people
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Prayer and Petition

We might have a moment of reprieve, but the battle is fierce somewhere. It might be with our kids, our leaders, or our brothers and sisters around the world. Wherever it is, God sees it. And our prayers relieve it. Stay alert, check your posture, and keep praying!

How is your battle-preparedness right now? Is your Belt of Truth securely buckled? Is your Breastplate of Righteousness in place? Are your Feet Fitted with Readiness to share the Gospel? Have you taken up your Shield of Faith? Have you accepted your Helmet of Salvation? Do you have the Sword of the Spirit ready in hand? Have you assumed a posture of prayer? Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor?

Next up: The Wrap Up!

If you’d like to read the Introduction for this series, click here.

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Is your Sword Appropriate for a Dress Code which Requires Full Armor?

Here we are at Post 7 in the Full Armor series and finally, we come to an offensive weapon. God commanded us to take up 6 measures of defense before giving us our only 1 for offense. And, as it turns out, this offense is all His. He has already weighed it, waged it, and won. We have no reason to be picking fights with evil. Our part is simply to remind the enemy that he has been defeated. And to do that, we need our sword.

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Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor? The Sword of the Spirit…

“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.”

Ephesians 6:11-13

Stand firm then…
Take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:17b

Have you ever dealt with a tropical centipede? These are the things nightmares are made of! I’m not sure if they bite or sting, or both, but it hurts! You do not want to antagonize one.

Hawaiian Centipede: Is your Sword Appropriate for a Dress Code which Requires Full Armor?
Tropical Centipede: Do not touch!

These creepers are almost impossible to squish. I’ve tried flushing them, or putting them through the garbage disposal, only to find them crawling out back out of the drains, banged up and angry. The best way to kill them is to cut them in half. And even then, both halves will run away, unaware they have been doomed. If you contain them in a receptacle together, the halves will turn on each other and the centipede will effectively kill itself.

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What does this have to do with the full armor in God’s dress code for us? Well, our enemy is wily, and our own attempts at besting him simply aggravate him and motivate him to come at us again. He wants to get into our heads and make us feel inferior, when we actually have the upper hand.

“…because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

1 John 4:4b

If we ever need reminding, the English language has helped by wrapping the strategy into the weapon. Sword. We use the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. We remind Satan of what the Bible says about His defeat – how Jesus laid down His life and purchased our pardon with His blood. In His resurrection, Jesus sealed the fate of His vanquished foe. With God’s word, we cut the devil down and leave him with nowhere to turn but on himself, the same way we deal with the centipede.

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We train by sharpening our knowledge of God’s word. Under the protection of our helmet of salvation, we commit scripture to memory and hone our ability to communicate it effectively. We do not head out swinging at random, but we use our sword with precision, as prompted by the Spirit of God.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12
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God’s word declares victory for those who have accepted its authority. It claims our freedom from the law of sin and death. With it, we remind our enemy where he stands in relation to our Commander. The sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, is insurmountable.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death… in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

Romans 8:1,2,4

How is your battle-preparedness right now? Is your Belt of Truth securely buckled? Is your Breastplate of Righteousness in place? Are your Feet Fitted with Readiness to share the Gospel? Have you taken up your Shield of Faith? Have you accepted your Helmet of Salvation? Is your Sword in hand? Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor?

Next up: The Posture of Prayer!

If you’d like to read the Introduction for this series, click here.

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Is your Helmet Appropriate for a Dress Code which Requires Full Armor?

How many helmets can you name? Motorcycle helmets, football helmets, welding helmets… there are so many! Danger and helmets go together. The first concern of defense is to ‘protect your head’. Why is this the case?

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Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor? The Helmet of Salvation…

“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.”

Ephesians 6:11-13

Stand firm then…
Take the helmet of salvation…”

Ephesians 6:17a

Have you heard the saying “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? Well, if your head ain’t right, ain’t nothin’ right. Your brain is central command for your heart, lungs, and every function upon which you rely for life. It is no coincidence that God equates your salvation to a helmet in His dress code of full armor.

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Helmets protect our brains. They encapsulate our ability to think, which is absolutely vital when chaos erupts. When the enemy mounts a surprise attack, we need to be able to process the situation and plan a wise response.

Helmets also guard our faces. Think of how vital our ears, eyes, noses and mouths are! They determine what we hear, how we see, the formation of our words and our intake of oxygen.

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Consider this simple, but poignant definition of salvation:

Salvation: noun
the saving from danger or evil; deliverance, rescue

Merriam Webster

The truth of the Gospel is that we are separated, cast away from God by our sin. The death and resurrection of Jesus made it possible for us to be rescued, reconciled to God, but we have to make a choice. Salvation is something we must choose to accept. “Take the helmet of salvation…”

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.”

Titus 2:11

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…”

Romans 1:16a

Salvation as a helmet is a beautiful picture, is it not? God provides it as a covering and we choose to stand firmly under it. It covers our minds and our ability to live and converse in Godly manner.

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Our enemy has a weapon of choice, falsehood. He hurls deceit, misinformation, half-truths, fake news, and lies. The helmet of salvation keeps our minds stayed on what God says is true. It protects our ability to communicate, which – spoiler alert – is necessary for us to be effective with the one piece of offensive armor we are commanded to wear. We will talk about that next week.

How is your battle-preparedness right now? Is your Belt of Truth securely buckled? Is your Breastplate of Righteousness in place? Are your Feet Fitted with Readiness to share the Gospel? Have you taken up your Shield of Faith? Have you accepted your Helmet of Salvation? Is your outfit appropriate for a dress code which requires full armor?

Next up: The Sword of the Spirit!

If you’d like to read the Introduction for this series, click here.