Armor of God Workout
Strength training is one of my favorite ways to workout. But I know that if I don’t guard my heart carefully while I’m working out, the weight I’m lifting can become an idol instead of an instrument. This past year I’ve been humbled through some health challenges to learn this exact truth firsthand. After a really long love of strength training, I realized how much of an idol it had become for me. I measured myself by the weight I was lifting instead of measuring myself by God’s love. This doesn’t necessarily mean I have to stop lifting weights, but it does mean I need to put my armor on, even when I’m in the gym.
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The armor of God is one of the most physically applicable passages of the Bible for me personally. Having spent 18 years in the military, and several years in Law Enforcement, I have spent many days and nights wearing armor to protect myself. Each piece of body armor has a different purpose, and I know that I always felt “naked” when I wasn’t fully dressed for the fight.
I also realized that if I felt that way physically, that there was a huge message that mirrored this same feeling spiritually. God gives us specific pieces of armor to wear to protect us from the enemy. He is very diligent and specific in the reason for each piece of armor. Are you properly dressed for the battle? Read the verses with me below and join me for this challenging, yet rewarding 23 minute workout.
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 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.19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassadorin chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (New International Version)
During this workout you will get a chance to move alongside me as we lift weights together and walk through the armor of God.
This workout consists of:
Squats – 45 sec
Shoulder Press – 45 sec
Deadlifts – 45 sec
Upright Rows – 45 sec
Curtsey Lunge – 45 sec
Lateral Raise – 45 sec
50 Mountain Climbers + Plank hold while reading scripture
Repeat for 3 rounds
Have fun and move in love. Like, comment, and share if you enjoy!
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Kristen Ekiss is a wife, adoptive mama, Navy Veteran, speaker + coach. She gracefully merges her Biblical counseling training and 15 years of health and fitness experience to teach women how to grow a stronger faith, raise a stronger family, and build a stronger body.