...and that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Ephesians 6: 10-18
In other words fam...Be Game Ready! Many athletic competitions are lost because the athletes involved simply were not ready. The same is true for us as Christian we miss a lot of opportunities to reach people or advance the Kingdom of God because we are not ready. As the Apostle Paul describes it this is a game with high stakes...it's a matter of life and death. God has given us the tools and equipment and He has made the proper training available as well...it's up to us to properly apply them. It's time to suit up and get up off of the bench...no more time for bench warming. It's time to get into the game and play to win.
Today's Challenge: Suit up! Put on the whole Armour of God (see Ephesians 6). In other words put on the protective gear that God has provided us, that way you need not be in fear of injury, but you can concentrate on playing this game to win. In addition to gearing up...put ya game face on! No half stepping here...go all out like you are a world class Olympian out to smash some world records and to get the gold. Ya Heard!