I wanted to share these passages out of the mirror. I especially love what it says in Ephesians 6:14 but it’s all so good!
Ephesians 6:14 Take your position: you have the truth (of who you are in Christ) wrapped around your hips like a soldier’s belt, holding the complete body armor together. (Know that your loins are protected from all manner of lust, gluttony and sexual sins.) Righteousness covers your heart like a bulletproof breastplate.
6:15 You wear your eagerness and passion to communicate the good news like soldier’s shoes. Announce peace; the battle has already been fought and won! (Isa 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation. Picture the body language of the messengers returning from the battlefield with the glad tidings of victory!)
6:16 It is most important to engage your faith as a man-size shield that covers your whole person and empowers you to extinguish the flame in every arrow of contradiction that you might face. The only visible part of you is your faith! (The word, 1means a door-size shield. To co-believe with God protects your whole person, body, soul and spirit. See 2 Cor 5:7)
6:17 Pondering redemption realities is your headgear that protects your mind; inspired thoughts give voice to God’s word—this is your spiritual sword.
6:18 Prayer is an ongoing conversation; praying in the spirit includes every form of prayer, whether it be a prayer of request or a prayer of thanksgiving, or worship or interceding for all to realize their saintly innocence. Oh, and remember, you do not have to do all the talking! Always be attentive to the voice of the Spirit. (Prayer is so much more than a one-way conversation.)