Psalm 26:1 VINDICATE ME, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; I have [expectantly] trusted in, leaned on, and relied on the Lord without wavering and I shall not slide. (Amp)
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.
12 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.
How often the struggles we face are "feelings" based and not something that have neither face nor feet?
13 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.
Interesting... "when the day of evil comes" not "if" but "when" We are promised that we "will fear no evil because you are with me" not that we will side step "the evil day".
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
Truth and Guarding the Heart with Righteousness are the first things to set in place for stability and integrity.
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Then we can "walk the talk" with the Prince of Peace.
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Not only do we steady ourselves from within, we are to be prepared on the outside. Being on the defensive with an active faith to quench the fiery arrows that are surely heading our direction.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Protection of our mind and taking the offensive sword of the Spirit is a crucial part of the whole warfare stance. It takes all the parts to be able to stand against the evil day.
Walking in integrity, means dressing well in "God's armor" not ours.
Our lives are hid with Christ in God!
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