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Have you ever been a rock climber? I haven’t, I don’t have the courage for such activity, not even the simulated indoor rock climbs. However, I know stout-hearted people who take on the challenge of such climbing. A lot of gear is required to climb rocks. And they will tell you that foolhardy is the climber who starts out without the necessary equipment.

No, I won’t ever be what we think of as a rock climber—but every day, as a Christian, I do go into battle on rocky terrain. As I study Scripture, I learn that to survive in the great controversy between good and evil. I need to put on armor, the necessary equipment that God has lovingly provided for my protection.

Ephesians 6:14-17, lists what the Christian needs to wear for battle. Eugene H. Peterson describes this war in his paraphrase, The Message. “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 his angels.” Indeed, this is war!

I’ve found that the best way for me to put on my gear day by day (in fact, my husband and I do this together every morning) is to ask God to dress me, starting with my feet and finishing with my head. 
  • Sturdy footwear that will carry me with the gospel of peace—I come to God, a repentant sinner, joyfully starting each day, with His word.
  • The belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness—which is  trusting Jesus as my Savior to guide me through the land mines and the bullets of the enemy.
  • The shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit—what could I do without Jesus and the Holy Spirit to go the before me? Jesus is my shield, and the Spirit’s sword rightly divides the word of truth that keeps me from defecting into the enemy’s camp.
  • Protect my thinking with the helmet of salvation—as I serve my General Jesus, giving Him my loyalty, my mind will be fortified to receive the reward: a crown, that He will place on my head for being one of His faithful troops.
No, I’ll never be a valid rock climber but I’m surely climbing the rocky mount of Battle Hill. Soon the enemy, the Devil, will be defeated by The victor Jesus! I’m blessed that The Holy Spirit recruited me to join this Christian army. May I be a ready soldier by gearing up daily with His armor. Soon the victorious parade will enter the Holy City, a place of peace, no more war.

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By Betty Kossick. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the THE MESSAGE ®.

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