What is it to me...
It is the putting on of God's promises and wisdom,
it is the wearing of His protection,
it is the strengthening reminder that He will never leave His children and that we can face and do all things through Christ who *is* our strength,
It is hope and rest, when I am weary
It is life and breath, when the world sucks it from me
It is the steely reminder to fix my eyes like flint upon God my Father
and it means I'm ready to "make a defense" for the hope within me.
Its weight helps me do so with assured, steadfast confidence, but it also reminds me of the weight of the cross, and humbles me to be gentle and respectful in how I answer those who are seeking to understand why I stand covered in the full armor of God.
Ephesians 6:10 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.