Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:10 NIV
We are admonished to put on the full armour of God: The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, sandals of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. God is showing us how to protect ourselves from the onslaught of the devil. I need to check that I have all my pieces on. Injury is almost certain if I leave off even one of these essentials elements of the Christian walk.
As a Christian, I need to be careful that I don’t cherry-pick my way through Scripture. Maybe I’m happy with the helmet of salvation but take issue with some of the truths that God has shown me. Maybe I have plenty of faith but I struggle to be a peacemaker with difficult people. God has exhorted me to put on the full armour so that I can become a complete, mature Christian, confident against the attacks of the one who wants to destroy me.