“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” (Ephesians 6:13, NIV).
It would be nice if life was easy. But it isn't. It is a hard-fought war. I will lose the many battles along the way unless I rely on the Lord's strength and power. With His strength I can stand against the storms. I can stand against the hardships. I can face the giants with His hand in mine. I can be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10). No weapon formed against me will prosper if I stand strong in Him (Isaiah 54:17).
With the armor of God fully in place, I stand strong. When I know His truth—when I live His righteousness—when I am ready at any moment to share His message of sacrificial love and new life in Him—when I live my faith and believe in Him without wavering—when my salvation in Him claims and directs every aspect of my life—when the knowledge of His Word gives me the power to discern good and evil and to address right and wrong—then I am prepared to stand strong. Putting on His armor is living my life completely surrendered to God. When I surrender and stop warring against what He wishes to accomplish in my life, I discover His armor to stand against the enemy who wants to convince me that God does not love me, and I will not make it.
I choose to surrender and put on His armor. I will hold unswervingly to the hope I profess, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). Against all foes, large or small, I will say that nothing shall make me afraid. I will stand rock-solid with His armor in place. Having surrendered all that I am—having done all that I can—leaning and relying on Him—trusting and believing in Him, I will stand against any enemy in this life. No weapon—no word spoken—no evil plan—no divisive action that comes against me will prosper. It will not injure and it will not take ground. I stand secure in the armor He has wrought.
Today I choose once more to stand strong. Today I choose Him. Today I again overcome.