Posture matters! Just as our physical posture determines the overall effectiveness of our workout, our spiritual posture (heart, soul, & mind) determines the overall joy and effectiveness of our daily lives.
As a LifeGroup, Holy Barre began 2020 with a study and focus on the Armor of God. We had no idea what battles that year would provide. But together, we encouraged each other to ‘be strong in the Lord and in His might power.’
While the year may be new, the battles remain the same. And regardless of your circumstances, the Armor of God is free and available! Below you’ll find a brief devotional, supporting scripture, and a one-minute video about each piece of armor.
Let’s move forward armed and empowered, standing firm and burning bright in a posture of His power!
Armor of God
Paul is very clear about spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6. While we may all have varying views on what this ‘war’ might look like and represent in our own lives, we can’t deny the lies, struggles, and shame we battle each day. Nor can we ignore the bigger visible battles in our communities and nation.
The good news is this: our Father has equipped us to overcome and live in His freedom. Ultimately, God has won, Jesus overcame, we live by the Spirit, and our eternity is with Him!
Isaiah 30:15 states, ‘Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me.’ So as Priscilla Shirer states in her study, let’s ‘believe and receive first, then utilize what you’ve been given.’
My prayer is that as you dive deeper into the Armor of God and Holy Barre as a whole, something fierce, beautiful and wild is awakened in you! May God empower you with His strength, life, love, and beauty!
Belt of Truth
For a soldier, the belt was the stabilizer of the body and every other piece of armor. And in barre, your core serves the same purpose for your body. Just think of the stability and balance provided to our souls when we have the belt of Truth wrapped tightly around our waist and our core fully engaged in the Word and its Light!
‘And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ John 8:32. Truth brings freedom, strength, and endurance! When our physical core is weak, our physical posture is poor. When our spiritual core is strong and engaged, our spiritual posture supplies our heart, soul, strength, mind, and relationships with truth and light to overcome darkness. Ladies, engage your core!
Breastplate of Righteousness
‘While the lifestyle of a woman girded in the belt of Truth affirms God’s standard, a woman who puts on the breastplate of righteousness aligns her life to it.’ – Priscilla Shirer.
Righteousness is living out His Truth! When we chose to act against His direction, we leave our heart exposed to the enemy and His lies. So by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, we are guarding our heart! ‘Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life.’ – Proverbs 4:23
Now God is perfectly righteous, we are not. But practice makes perfect, right? As we move forward, equipped with His truth and the rest of His armor, we can be confident in our choices and actions and fight the battle protected and empowered!
Gospel of Peace
Stand firm in peace! The enemy loves to disrupt our peace and break down our joy. The gospel is founded on His love and peace, just as our feet must be founded on secure, solid ground.
Ironically, true peace can be best revealed in the midst of battle, among chaos and commotion. The gospel is based on our having a peace beyond understanding – having peace with God establishes our relationship with Him so we can experience the peace of God.
The word ‘shalom’ refers to an overall, deeply entrenched sense of harmony, health, and wholeness in the midst of chaos. Not sure about you, but just the idea of shalom makes me sigh deeply with a slow ‘yesssssss’.
So let’s step forward with the gospel of peace wrapped tightly around our feet because our Mighty King is our firm foundation!
Shield of Faith
If faith is believing in something we cannot see, then I’m super grateful the shield is the largest piece of armor!
Pete Briscoe describes Christian faith as a mystery. ‘What is a mystery? According to Scripture, a mystery is something formerly hidden in God from all human eyes, but now revealed through Christ, and made understandable to His people by the Holy Spirit.’ So once again, He equips us for battle!
With our shield of faith held high, we can act like God is telling the truth! The beauty of our shields is the more the merrier and stronger. In seasons of doubt and struggling faith, we need our sisters’ shields to protect us. In seasons of big belief and full faith, we need to grab the hands of our sisters, link shields, and move forward.
Keep your shield up because no matter what, OUR GOD IS BIGGER!
Helmet of Salvation
Our mind is a battlefield – don’t leave it exposed! The helmet of salvation provides comprehensive coverage and protection. We put on our salvation, our free gift, and grab hold of all the life-giving benefits of truth, grace, and faith.
‘Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves.’ – Isaiah 30:15
Our salvation occurs the moment we ask the Jesus to be our Lord and Savior. But we daily walk in salvation when we apply it to restore, protect, and shield us from daily attacks of the enemy. Our battle plan of salvation is to identify, confess, and dismantle these lies and replace our thoughts with truth, knowing our true identity is in Christ alone!
Sword of the Spirit/Word
The Word of God is an alive and active weapon! Hebrews 4:12 clearly states its power – For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, like a two-mouthed sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet. It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.
Did you notice the sword is the only offensive piece of the Armor of God? The sword can directly be used to fight when the Spirit empowers us through His Word. Some describe this is RHEMA, a specific word which the Holy Spirit puts in our hearts and minds for a specific time and purpose. The key is the listen to Him and align your strategy to His Word before we take any action.
Raise your swords, Ladies! Keep His Word held high – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!
Finally . . . pray with power. The Mighty King and Commander wants you. He desires to specifically hear your heart and listen to your soul. Don’t hold back your emotions – whisper, shout, laugh, cry. My relationship with God and my role as His warrior was transformed in a dark season when I authentically yelled in anger at Him. Our God can take it, Ladies. His power is made perfect in our weakness. When in doubt, pray. When in praise, pray. Just pray in His power!