As I began my day today, I read Ephesians 6:10-18.
10Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with his mighty strength!
11 Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary.
12 For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.
13 So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing.
14 Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate,
15 and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom.
16 Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One.
17 And take the helmet of deliverance; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God;
18 as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God's people. (Eph 6:10-18 CJB)
My heart was encouraged, strengthened, and inspired! This translation is from the Complete Jewish Bible. I like to read whatever passage I'm reading in (usually) three different translations. I read the CJB, the New American Standard, and the King James Version. It is helpful to compare the different words chosen to communicate what the translators felt the writers meant by the original Greek words they used. CJB was simply refreshing today.
I must "use", "take up" what God provides. He provides exactly what I need!
"Truth" is paramount. If I am not honest to the core about who I am, what I am, and who God is, I will get nowhere with the Creator of the universe. I have had so much "truth" proclaimed to me, I have no excuse. I must walk in what I understand. It's easy to put off what I already know I must do, and be in a search for "deeper truth" in an effort to avoid the obvious correct path right in front of me. So, I remind myself, take the next step, do the next duty, take on the day's duties with delight in your heart that you are following in the footsteps of your Savior!
I must put on or sink into "righteousness" [defined: the "state of him who is as he ought to be... the condition acceptable to God..."] The Bible teaches me I am acceptable to God as I choose to live in a trusting relationship with Christ. So, I "sink into" that reality with every bit of my mind and heart and strength.
Be "ready"... ever remembering the Gospel of Christ!
I love the picture of trust being a shield. Truth in full color, and the The Word is where I find out about all of this and am "delivered" as I abide in the presence of God, talking (praying) to Him throughout the day.
The only way to truly live!