The Whole Armor!

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

The devil, being fundamentally uncreative, can make nothing.  He can only exploit weaknesses.  His first strategy is to look for where we are hurt or blind and hit us there as hard as he can.  If we are well defended, his next strategy is to sucker us into emphasizing some things at the expense of others.  And so, he goads us to emphasize truth over love or love over truth, faith over obedience, or truth over hope or some other imbalance.  The goal here is to get us to neglect some piece of our armor so that we have the breastplate of righteousness, but not the belt of truth; or the shield of faith, but not the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  If he can snooker us into taking less than the whole armor of God, he’s got us where he wants us.  Today, take the whole armor that God wants to give you, not just the bits you prefer.  He will protect you from the wiles of the enemy.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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