I like to watch the “Red Carpet” of any awards show, why is that? Because I like to see what, or who, they are wearing. One of the commentators will stick a microphone in the face of the celebrity and say “Who are you wearing?” and then a panel of other hosts will discuss whether or not they like it. Matthew 6:27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.”
I guess the way I was raised influenced the way I feel about fashion, of course I want to look decent, good even, but I have never been one that needed more than a pair of shoes to wear for casual and two pair of high-heeled “Spanish Leather” pumps one pair in black the other in red to go with the nearly all black wardrobe of a very few pieces that hang in my closet. Not thumbing my nose at society by any means, it is because growing up in the home of a preacher there was never a lot of money so we had two pair of shoes, one for school and one for church and God help me if I ever asked to wear my Sunday shoes or my church dress to school, it simply was not acceptable. So instead of my lack making me desire to obtain everything I wanted as an adult and could afford it, I just acquired the knowledge that all the “window dressing” was very un-important to whom I was as a person.
I didn’t mean to go on a tangent, this all came about because this morning while reading Ephesians 6:11-17 it occurred to me to ask you this, “What are you wearing today?” What does that scripture say? No, it isn’t a fashion tip from Joan Rivers or any of her minions it is from Paul the Apostle and says, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
That all sounds like a lot to have to put on, doesn’t it? Belts, they say, are a big fashion statement right now but the belt this is speaking of is Truth. You wear truth the way a carpenter wears a tool belt that carries all the things he might need as he is doing repair work on your aging home (yes that statement comes from personal experience going on as I speak) so that he is prepared for whatever he needs to do.
In the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy there is a statement about truth: “Truth is one of the central subjects in philosophy. It is also one of the largest. Truth has been a topic of discussion in its own right for thousands of years.” I can take you to one very real reason to be truthful, sin and liars are compared to murderers in the Bible, Revelation 21:8.
Next item is a Breastplate of Righteousness and I wonder, “How heavy is that?” It isn’t something you can put on by yourself you need the Grace of God so that you can be morally upright without guilt or sin.
Now let’s find some shoes, these shoes are fitted with the Gospel of Peace and makes walking a pleasure! Let’s pick up a shield that is like a bulletproof vest only instead of bullets this vest protects you from anything the devil throws in your direction from all sides.
OK now we need a hat and this one is great, you don’t even have to worry about “hat hair”, it is Salvation and gives you access to your secret weapon, the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word that you keep in your mind ready to speak when you need it.
Jesus used the weapon of the Word in the desert when Satan came to Him trying his best to tempt Him! When tempted to make the stones into bread it was “You can’t live by bread alone but by every Word that comes out of God’s mouth!” When offered honor and glory for the simple act of worshipping Satan, He spoke “We should have no other gods before us!” Finally He was tempted to show off His power by casting Himself off a high building knowing that, and here the devil also quotes scripture from Psalm 91, He was given angels to guard Him…His last statement was “You must not test the Lord your God.” Satan left Him and decided to see if the world Jesus was living in could beat Him down a little more so He could tempt Him again.
This wardrobe of weapons is not hard to wear like when Saul tried to outfit young David with his armor so he could slay the Giant, it is invisible to the naked eye but protects you like nothing else every could! No worries about matching and can be worn for everything whether casual or formal! No shopping required it will be delivered to you immediately upon requests!