I have a 49cc Honda moped, which I use to get around town, go to work or visit family on warm days. Its top speed is 35--40 miles per hour. In my state, it’s required by law to wear a helmet when riding a moped. Last summer while I was riding back and forth to work, I made excuses as to why I don’t need to wear a helmet. I am embarrassed to admit that for a few weeks I was riding the moped without a helmet. It’s not that I didn’t have a helmet; in fact, I had three helmets. It’s just that I didn’t put one on. One time, while driving back home on a wonderful sunny day, a police officer actually followed me home and gave me a ticket!
Well, the ticket I received wasn't because I didn’t have a helmet: I got a ticket because I wasn’t wearing a helmet. Of course, it’s much better to simply get a ticket than to end up with an accidental head injury. Since that time, I make sure I always put on my helmet- every single time I ride my moped. I wonder how many believers do the same with the whole armor of God. We have it; we just don’t wear it. As a result of not wearing our spiritual armor, we aren't walking in the victory that Jesus bought for us with His precious blood.
Every day we are getting spiritual tickets, essentially, we are battling against spiritual attacks. We are unable to stand up to the wiles of the devil, unable to withstand the evil day, unable to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one, and constantly being hurt and harassed by the enemy. Our problem is not that we don’t have the armor of God; our problem is that we just aren't using it.
Don’t just store God’s armor in your head; you need to “dress” your mind and actions with it!