Ephesians 6:10-17 exhorts us to be strong in the Lord because we face a struggle against the spiritual forces of evil in our world. These forces are personal, created beings who manipulate, use, and attack God's people. Our God is sovereign over all and is not threatened, but he permits their activities in this age for his wise purposes. Living in this age, we are exhorted to be strong by relying upon the Lord so that we may win the victory of being faithful to Jesus until the end. The armor is ours in salvation and we are called to make use of it. For example, the righteousness of Jesus is ours as a gift, but we are also called to live righteous lives. Reread the passage this week and do two things. First, give thanks that these traits are gifts given to us by God through the work of Jesus. Secondly, consider one area where you may need to clean up your armor. Write this need on a card and place it where you will see it each day. Consider a specific goal, pray daily for this area of growth, and then take steps to grow whether in truth, righteousness, sharing the gospel, trusting the work of Jesus, or knowing the Word of God.