Suiting Up

by John Tilton on June 10, 2024


“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.”
Ephesians 6:13-18


In sports, and specifically football, it’s called “suiting up,” where you would put on your shoulder pads, hip pads, knee pads and helmet in order to protect you when you come into contact with players on the opposing team.  The point being that it wouldn’t be if, but when and how often you would come in contact with an opposing player and therefore protect yourself.  It’s all about protection in sports.  However, in suiting up with the full armor of God; it goes further in suiting up to protect you, to shield you, to instill truth and righteousness which are your spiritual powers, and also to arm you to take on the enemy in victory.  As we are armored by God, we are ready to face the world and life, and all that comes from being in the world but not of the world.  In all sports, endeavors, and activities; we know that preparation, equipping, and training are the keys to success.  How more so with the full armor of God, that in all situations we can call on and stand on the attributes of His armor.


My desire is to remember and be diligent to suit up each day with God’s word, prayer and an ongoing invitation to the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, teach, help, and encourage me in God’s will and ways.  I want to protect myself for the hits that will come.  More so, I want to suit up with the gifts God gives me to win the game and the race.  When I suit up with the armor of God, I want people to clearly see that I am on God’s team and that I can be an example running on the field of life for His plan and purpose.


Lord, I praise you and thank you for your Word that feeds me, teaches me, reminds me, and armors me to do your will and be in your will; that I will win the race set before me, in this world but not of this world.


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