What am I going to wear today?
Some days it seems an easy choice
but some days I can not make up my mind.
I lose my ability to decide.
What is that about?
What shoes, go with this?
Do I wear earrings?
What is the temperature?
Does this match?
Did I wear this already?
Really? So much time wasted on such a silly thing.
Am I the only one that goes through this time waster?
Our culture, at least where I live,
insists that we cover ourselves
Depending on where you live,
you know what is acceptable and not acceptable
The Bible gives us a different list of what to wear
Is where you can get the list of what you need
for everyday wear and formal wear.
You get your outfit once,
put it on once
and leave it on day and night.
You may be thinking,
"This looks expensive"
Guess what! Someone else has actually purchased it for you.
You may be thinking,
"This looks uncomfortable"
At first it may take some getting use to,
but the longer you wear it, the more comfortable it becomes.
So, lets take a look at the pieces needed for your perfect outfit
Everyone needs a belt...
not just any belt, but the "belt of truth", verse 14
This belt helps the wearer to know and be comfortable
with the truth that
God is God,
and Jesus is His Son
who came, lived, died and rose again
so that we may have a relationship with Our Abba Father.
Without the "belt of truth",
the rest of your outfit
will not fit properly,
could fall off,
and worse of all it will not function as it was intended,
leaving you improperly attired.
Everyone needs a vest...
not just any vest, but the "breastplate of righteousness" verse 14
Its a vest to protect your heart from injury that this world can throw at you.
It is stain resistant when worn appropriately,
and it goes with everything.
It give you the ability to do the right thing
and follow God's way of living.
Everyone needs a good pair of shoes...
not just any pair of shoes, but "Good News shoes" verse 15
These shoes last forever and are so comfortable.
You will never want to wear anything else
on your feet once you have put these on.
You can even sleep in these "Good News shoes".
You will find yourself getting stronger and
able to walk peacefully as you walk on uneven paths.
These shoes show off their Maker,
His detail work
and His love for those that wear them.
Everyone needs protective outerwear...
not just any piece of outerwear, but the "shield of faith" verse 16
This outerwear has the ability to stop anything that
might cause damage to your outfit and to you personally.
You will definitely find that you want this "on hand" at all times.
It will help keep you on alert to possible things that can harm you.
Believing in The Maker and His work,
no matter what anyone says,
is part of its beauty.
It protects and it represents!
Everyone needs a hat...
not just any hat, but the "helmet of salvation" verse 17
You can not buy this in any store.
You can not replicate it or get away with a knock-off.
They only way to get one of these is as a gift from The Maker Himself.
His son, does all the work.
Custom making each hat for its recipient.
Although the materials have been bought and paid for,
it is up to The Maker and His Son when you receive yours.
Sometimes He works super fast, and sometimes it takes years.
But one thing is for sure,
when you receive your hat
it is a perfect fit
and no matter what hair style you wear
or even if you receive it as a child and you still have growing to do,
You never have to replace it.
It fits forever and ever.
Everyone needs care and share instructions...
not just any instructions, but the "sword of the Spirit" verse 17
When you receive your outfit
it is imperative you check to make sure you get this as well.
Without this the outfit becomes useless.
They just become like any other belt, vest, shoes, outerwear or hat.
The instructions for caring and sharing
is the book, God's Word,
that teaches you how to care for what you wear
and it also teaches you how to share with others
how they can acquire their own.
Now I must warn you....
Once you put this on, if you choose to take any or all of it off...
You will feel
pain, loneliness, fear, anxiety, anger, overwhelmed, helpless and more.
For it is this set of things, given by The Maker,
that not only set you apart from the world
but also protects you from those that are against you.
So, for your own safety
NEVER TAKE IT OFF!!!!
Ephesians 6:10-18 from The Message paraphrase
God(The Maker) is strong, and He wants you strong.
So take everything the Master (The Maker) has set out for you,
well-made weapons of the best material.
And put them to use so you will be able to stand up
to everything the Devil throws your way.
This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from
and forget about in a couple of hours.
This is for keeps,
a life-or-death fight to the finish
against the Devil and all his angels.
You're up against far more than you can handle on your own.
Take all the help you can get,
every weapon God has issued,
so that when it's all over but the shouting
you'll still be on your feet.
Truth, (Your belt)
Righteousness, (Your vest)
Peace, (Your shoes)
Faith, (Your outerwear)
and Salvation (Your hat)
are more than words.
Learn how to apply them (to wear them well).
You'll need them throughout your life.
God's word (Your care and share instructions)
is an indispensable weapon.
In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.
Pray hard and long.
Pray for your brothers and sisters.
Keep your eyes open.
Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Isn't it cute!!!!