When I hear tools, I think of my husband and his ability to fix most anything. Some guys aren’t like this, they’ll hire it out to have someone else fix it. I’m okay with tools but not the best. Some women are excellent and can be better than men. One thing for sure, when there are tools involved it is a sure sign that something needs work or fixing.
If you go into my husband’s garage he will have ever known tool you can imagine. Our date nights consist of Sears or Menard’s and we inevitably will go through the tool aisles. And, I think to myself, “How many more tools do you need?” Well, he’s says to me, “How many black shoes do you need?”
In our home, collecting lots of tools has been a positive thing. We are sure to have the tool for the job, we can borrow tools to those that don’t have them, and we know which ones work better then others. This can be looked at in the same way for Spiritual Tools that we need in our lives.
I view Spiritual Tools equally the same as traditional tools; some will have many, some will have very few, some will be able to fix the problem, and some will have to outsource and ask for help. Today, I want to share what I believe are the necessities to have in your Spiritual Tool Kit.
A good Spiritual Tool Kit consists of the following:
- Bible – of course your choice of whatever version suits your fancy. My personal favorite is the Life Application Bible – New International Version. I love so many versions. A parallel bible is good too because it will have three or four versions in one book.
- Devotional – I have had many through the years. My favorite most recently is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
- Pen and Paper – journaling has been a part of my life to help me get things out of my mind, out in black and white to see if they have any merit worth working on. Many times, it’s simply a “dumping” time.
- Other books – I’m a lover of books and will have several I am reading at the same time. I know, I know, some of you think that is crazy and others are right with me! The current book I’m reading is Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer.
- Prayer Cards – a.k.a. recipe cards – they are a must in my tool kits. Prayer has been the lifeline to God and keeping my sanity when worry takes over. I say, “When worry comes it must be turned to prayer.” I have a prayer card for each person in my family and the specific requests I turn up to God.
- Coffee Mug – if you are like me, I must have coffee when I’m using all my tools. And, it cannot be a tea cup size, it must be a large coffee mug!
- Armor of God – As Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us, we must PUT ON the armor of God. I am a very visual learner and when I put on my armor this is what it consists of:
- Belt of truth – I was taught that back in Biblical days the belt was like a girdle. I don’t like any girdles – but I imagine a full body girdle. Picture, it now – squeezing yourself into one – I’m screaming with you!
- Shoes of peace – this cannot be your flip flops. I visualize mud boots. I need them because sometimes life gets deep in doodoo and I need to remain peaceful.
- Robe of righteousness – mine is like a Batman cape, swishing and swirling so it can cover my back and front. Or a breastplate of righteousness will work too. This is like the breastplate a knight in shining armor would wear.
- Shield of faith – this is a large, oversized shield like the warriors of old would use to protect themselves during battle.
- Helmet of salvation – a full faced motorcycle helmet is what I envision – covers everything.
- Sword of the Word – the sword is a long, heavy metal sword, one that is nearly six feet long. Yet, being imaginary I can lift it with no trouble at all.
- Boxing Gloves – yes, this is my last item in my tool kit. I need them to go into the ring with the enemy so I can fight him off when he attacks. POW, BAM, You’re out of here!