One thing the Lord brought to my attention recently, is the fact that the armor of God, described in Ephesians chapter 6, has been proven. It is a necessity for armor to be proven, before you go into battle, as we see in 1st Samuel, when David tries on Saul’s armor. It didn’t fit him, he wasn’t comfortable in it, and so he wisely took it off to fight Goliath. Instead, he relied on the spiritual armor he had proven, and found faithful: the armor of God. And he defeated the giant.
When Christ became a man, He proved the armor for us. It fits us, because it fits Him. When you don’t know which piece goes where, look at Jesus. See how He put it on, and how He used it. Fully God, fully man, Jesus perfectly walked the line between human weakness, and spiritual strength.
Christianity is the only religion in which God became a man. No other faith claims that their deity can sympathize with humanity, but the Bible says that “We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16.
We need to practice trusting Christ on a regular basis, that way when the time for battle comes, we know exactly Who to go to.
You’ll have lots of opportunity to practice, because growing up in a Christian family and having high standards can be surprisingly hard. I’m constantly tempted to trust in my own works to earn salvation, instead of looking to Christ as the only Way to the Father. Don’t be condemned or discouraged, hypocrisy has been represented as an almost unforgivable sin, but it is simply a sin, the wages of which are death (Romans 6:23), and Jesus died for it just like he died for sins like lying, stealing, cheating, and such.
Don’t be weary in well doing (2nd Thessalonians 3:13), keep loving your family, practicing contentment, physical and emotional purity, pressing into Christ when things get rough, and serving others. It’s all worth it, and as Paul puts it: it is “but for a moment” (2nd Corinthians 4:17), and “In the twinkling of an eye…we shall be changed.” (1st Corinthians 15:52.)