Are you a clothes horse? The kind of person who loves planning out an outfit for the day the night before, right down to your accessories? Or are you the kind of person that reaches in your closet and whatever your hand lands on is what you’re going to wear?
My grandmother, Nanny, was a sassy dresser. Her outfits would coordinate down to her shoes and handbag. In fact, shoes and handbags were her weakness. She always looked like a class act, as if she stepped out of a magazine. As she grew older, she developed Alzheimer’s Disease. Unfortunately, that disease causes you to do some unusual things that are completely out of character. We received a call from her care facility one time to tell us she had come down the hallway looking sassy with coordinating jewelry and shoes; however, she had failed to put on pants. Nanny would have died if she knew it. She always dressed to the nines as they say.
Many of us without Alzheimer’s Disease walk out of our house without being completely dressed ourselves, and we pay dearly for it. Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us what we must wear every day for our own good.
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. 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 saints.
When we walk out our door each day, we are going to face some stuff, and not all of it is good [John 10:10]. Notice, Paul didn’t say if evil comes but he said when. We live in an evil world. All you have to do is pick up a newspaper or turn on the six o’clock news to know it’s true. God has provided a way for us to be overcomers of evil, but we have to do what He says [John 16:33, Romans 8:37].
Before you head out the door today, don’t just pause in front of the mirror to check your reflection. Pause before the Word to make sure you didn’t forget to dress properly for your day.