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Here in the Midwest, we are experiencing some very cold temperatures. The weather forecasters report the actual temperature, and also what the temperature feels like. Our local meteorologist refers to this wind chill factor as the real feel.

Now I ask you, is that really necessary? I have to admit I'm getting a little weary of hearing both temperatures every time a report is given. I mean, what do we expect? It's Iowa. It's January. It's cold. And, yes, if the wind is blowing, it's even colder. Do I really need to know how much colder it's going to feel?

I don't know. Maybe it's useful information to other people. But the bottom line is that if it's below zero, it's cold! And that means we're going to have to bundle up with a thick coat, hat, gloves, thick socks, boots, and even some long underwear if we're going to be out for very long. We have to wear the appropriate clothing if we expect to face the elements.

Layers of Protection

In spring, the cold will melt into spring and we'll gladly shed the layers of protection for short sleeves and flip-flops.

It's the same with our spiritual protection. Planet Earth can be a stark place for a Christian to stay spiritually warm. But reports of just how cold it is doesn't help as much as knowing how to protect ourselves from that cold.

Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” It goes on to tell us what our specific protective coverings should be. They are the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit, and prayer. This outfit will protect us from the elements of darkness, and on the day of the Lord's return, we will be able to shed the scars of spiritual battles and leave them on the outside of the gate as we enter into the glory of the Lord unarmed and unafraid.

Until then, bundle up!

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