I had no idea how to do this correctly so I figure some of you may be in the same spot!
Making the Sign of the Cross and Confessing Your Total trust in the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost!
1. Shape your hand as above and touch our forehead
While saying, "In the name of the Father"
2. Then touch your heart
While saying, "and the Son"
3. Then touch your left shoulder
Saying "And the Holy Ghost"
4. Then your right shoulder
The Thumb, Index and Middle fingers represent the Trinity and The Ring finger and the Pinky folded down represent Jesus Son of Man and Son of God
*Note; The Sign of the Cross is used by 1.6 Billion Roman Catholics and Eastern Catholics worldwide for 2000 years! I know of few non-Catholics who utilize this symbolic gesture and there are 600,000 million of us for 400 years! I've taken a look at it, studied it and as for me any gesture of faith that further equips me in the Lord - I want it. For me its a marvellous device. It also makes me feel a part of something larger than me. I'm not a renegade soldier of the Cross but part of His Holy Royal Army!
FYI The Western Catholics go from the left shoulder to the right and the Eastern catholics go from the right to the left, (I always use my right hand - either way!
You've just put on The Whole Armor of God!
Spiritual Armor is not the same as Physical Armor. You might say that the shoes of peace take us everywhere we go! We are children led by the Holy Spirit. This armor has been prepared and tempered by the Lord for each individual.
For example it's not a literal shield, but faith that protects the issues of our heart. Its not literally a helmet, but the anointing of the Lord and revelation that protects us from lies and distortions. It's not a sword that we wield, it is the Word of God. In most cases its God's living rhema to us and through us that has the power to do real damage to anything evil and do miracles to anything born of God and so forth.
Our continual trust in the goodness and righteousness given to us by the Lord is our breastplate! Just say, "I am the righteousness of God in Christ!" 10 times a day right along with the Sign of The Cross!
The Sign of the Cross goes back to the earliest days of the Church.
It is a tool of faith just like a key is used to start the car.
Going through the motion in the physical sets your mind and heart in a certain direction and the confession of "In the name of The Father ans the Son and The Holy Ghost" places you into a location and position of strength.
It can be used and said by you all day long. I've seen baseball players of all ages cross themselves before going to bat. I've seen Olympic athletes dedicate their performance in their sport to the Lord before and after the event.
The issue for all of us is to keep Jesus central and supreme in our daily activities and to give all glory to Him for anything we may accomplish and to surrender any difficulty or conflict to Him before we try to deal with it in our own strength.
There are all kinds of hand gestures that people use every day. Why not employ one that says "I love and trust Jesus" included along with a friendly fist pump or handshake, a wave of hello or good-bye instead of other mean and sordid gestures.
Start each day and activity with a hardy, humble, cheerful, passionate, "In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost!". Facing trouble or conflict? Insert the Sign of the Cross as a way of saying, "Lord, I commit this to you and depend on you for assistance!
We are Warriors of the Cross, We are Emissaries of The Gospel of God's Grace and Goodness and Mercy. It is the Cross that guarantees Victories small and great! To wear the Armor well, make sure to put it on by going through the physical and verbal Sign of the Cross several times throughout the day.
"In the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit! AMEN