Last week we discussed the importance of preparation when we fight against the strategies of the evil one. Paul encourages us in Ephesians 6 to put on the whole armor of God,
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm” (Ephesians 6:10-13, (NLT). So let’s begin with the
Belt of Truth – a belt is used to hold things in place. Without a foundation of truth in our lives, the motives of everything we do comes into question and trust issues magnify because the uncertainty of our word. Psalm 51:6 records that God desires truth in our inner being and He hates liars according to Proverbs 6:17. So Paul encourages us to buckle truth around our waist. We do this by being sanctified or set apart by the truth of God’s word. John 17:17 says, “Your Word is truth!” Truth has a distinguishing mark in the lives of those that walk in it. The second piece of armor is called
The Breastplate of Righteousness – Righteousness is defined in scripture as right standing with God. When I think about where this piece of armor is placed, I’m reminded of the scripture that tell us to guard our heart. (Proverbs 4:23) The breastplate covers our heart so that an enemy cannot pierce us. And verses 20-22 of that same chapter reminds us to pay attention to the Word of God and keep it in our heart because in the Word there is life and health. So we should guard our hearts by putting on this breastplate of righteousness to keep out anything that would exalt itself against the knowledge of God. (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV) Our third piece is having our
Feet fitted with the preparation of peace – Equipping ourselves with a good pair of shoes will help us navigate rough terrain. The Gospel is the Good News of peace. Peace is not only the absence of chaos, but a calm in the midst of a storm. These shoes bring about the peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:17) and the peace of our Lord, (John 14:27) who is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Going into battle without this piece of armor, can bring stress and anxiety designed for defeat. This weapon grants to us a calm assurance of God’s faithfulness to us in the midst of trouble. And that brings us to the
Shield of Faith – This piece of armor is used specifically to extinguish ALL the fiery darts of the evil one. Without faith in God we are limited to our own human understanding and capabilities and we will fail. Faith in God gives us access to His power for deliverance in every situation. Using the shield of faith we are able to overcome the evil one, that’s why he fights against us. He knows if we pick up our shield of faith and use it, he is defeated! Remember what the weapon of faith does as outlined in, 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NKJV), “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds”. So be mindful that the just will live by faith (Romans 1:17) and may I add, we will be destroyed by the lack of it! (Hebrews 3:12).
Next week, we’ll finish up our discussion about Preparation to Resist Evil.