Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Armor Of God

       I love how you never stop learning things from the Bible. No matter how many times you read it, there is always something new to be found. It is an inexhaustible source of truth.
I just finished reading the book of Ephesians. In chapter six, Paul talks about putting on the armor of God. Most of us are familiar with this passage, but I’d like you to read it again.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 

This is not a physical battle. We are not fighting against flesh and blood. It is a battle against deadly spirits, demons. It is a war against our sinful nature. It is a fight for life.
        Armor is made to protect us. The plates of metal are designed to cover our body and protect us from the blows of the enemy. Paul says in the beginning of the chapter that this is a spiritual battle, so obviously literal armor isn't going to help us. So what does he mean by telling us to put on the armor of God?

        Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

        God is our only hope of protection. His truth and righteousness will cover us. He will enable us to walk in peace and assurance. Our faith in Him will stand against the doubt and condemnation we receive from those of the world. He, our salvation, will keep us from death. And with the word of God, we can defend ourselves against our enemies.
       All of these are gifts, which He offers to us freely. All we must do is ask. Pray to Me, and I will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3). These things are essential to the Christian life. Without them, we cannot survive in this world of darkness.
       So pray. Ask God for strength, to equip you for this battle. Put on the full armor of God and fight for what you believe in.

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