My friend has an acronym for everything, being a retired soldier, so I asked, “Okay… what does P.M.A. stand for?”


Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”  ESV

“How are you?”  My friend’s grin spread out like Tennessee.
“I’m blessed, but it’s been a rough go lately.”  I replied.
“P.M.A.!  You’ve got to have it.”
My friend has an acronym for everything, being a retired soldier, so I asked, “Okay… what does P.M.A. stand for?”
“Positive mental attitude.  There’s only one person who can decide whether or not you are, or are not, going to have a good day, and that’s you.  You can keep a positive mental attitude in every single situation in life.  No person can take that away except for you by deciding to let a person or situation get to you.   Life is too short to not enjoy every single day.  Too easy!”

Negative thinking never yields positive life results.  God gives us all the equipment we need to have a P.M.A., in fact, it’s his very own armor he gives to us to freely use.  The detailed list is found in Ephesians six, but the abbreviated list of his armor is as follows:  His truth, righteousness (literally the state of ‘right-ness’), gospel of peace that gives us his peace, faith, salvation, and his word (found in the Bible). 
So how do we put it to use?

We’re in a battle, and negativity is an attack on us.  It says awareness of this battle by being alert and persevering is crucial.  Dress up and get that armor on daily.  It also says to pray in the Spirit.  This is breathing/praying in the mind, heart, and will of God through his Holy Spirit breathing into your mind, heart, and will.  One step that is sorely trampled underfoot is praying for your fellow saints in battle.  We all need a healthy P.M.A., and God gives us his supernatural armor for that.