I would like to pursue the topic on the armor of God for I myself need to be daily reminded by what it really means to be donned in full battle gear, especially when we do find ourselves in the heat of the battle. Are we prepared to go out to the battlefield? Or what if we suddenly find ourselves helplessly plunged into the midst of it? Are we vulnerable or impenetrable?
I’ve found the answer to that during a recent crisis in our family. After one whole week of fever, cough, and colds, Tim was finally able to go back to school for a full week. After that, he was down with the severe cough again and this time, it was worse. He was really struggling. I had to take care of him myself because my husband left for the fasting house to offer three days prayer with fasting. You can’t imagine the wrestlings I went through as I, an ailing person myself, rallied all my strength and faith to storm heaven for my son’s healing.
Why do we need the armor? To withstand the devil and to stand.
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. (Eph. 6:13)
A close look at the whole armor:
Truth Righteousness Gospel of peace Faith Salvation Word of God
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph. 6: 11-17)
It is very important to be protected by the truth. God’s truth. We learn the truth from the Bible and from the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13)
It is important to be established in the truth, for Satan is in the business of twisting it, using all manners of deception – new philosophies and strange teachings, false doctrines – to dissuade Christians from the truth and away from God.
We guard our hearts from everything that defiles for “God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness” (1 Thess. 4:7). When Satan sees that we are compromising holiness in our lives, he takes the opportunity and swoops down to devour his prey: tempting and pushing his victim deeper to do that which is unrighteous and unholy.
Gospel of Peace
Why shod our feet with the Gospel of peace? I think this is symbolical. Isaiah 52:7 comes to mind: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation…” When we go and preach the Gospel of salvation to all men, near (our neighbours, friends, colleagues) or far, the enemy is threatened, defeated, while we become victorious doing the will of God.
Faith and the Word of God
These two were what held me in the heat of the battle as I wrestled against the havoc the devil wreaked in our family the past days: my husband was away fasting, I was ill while I took care of my sick son, and all the emotional, mental and spiritual upheavals that came with the fight. I could have easily unravelled (I was on the verge!) and lost it and poured out my complaints against heaven, giving in to the devil’s desire. The weariness and weakness were so overpowering I wanted to question God. But I did not. In the day of evil, my faith and God’s Word which I hold closely to my heart, held me together. They came through for me and I was able to stand.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Ps. 119:11)
I also prayed back to the Lord His own Word, as I, like Jacob, wrestled for His blessing.
This is what prods us to stand against the devil, for we want to protect our salvation with our very lives until we see our Lord again.
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