Armor Of God-Day 1
I am so excited to be back here at Messy Life Praying Life to share with you what the Lord has been showing and teaching me. For the next few days, we will be digging deeper into Ephesians 6 and the armor of God. This may be a familiar passage to you, but I am praying that the Lord will reveal another level of truth and application for your life. So grab your coffee, get cozy, and let’s break bread together!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all of the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6: 10-18
Before we begin to look at the individual pieces of armor, we cannot overlook the command to be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. We are told who we are fighting; the struggle is a spiritual battle that cannot be fought with physical weapons. Although we do the physical acts of reading God’s word, praying, and engaging in this battle, it is through the Holy Spirit and His indwelling power that we can stand firm, stand strong, and stand our ground!
We are commanded twice to put on the FULL armor of God. We do not have the option of choosing which piece we wear for each battle we have. It is wearing all of the armor of God that allows us to stand and fight. Each piece is designed for a specific purpose. Each piece will protect different parts of our lives and even those we love.
There is intentionality and strong purpose in these commands. Paul, the writer of Ephesians, was chained to a Roman guard as he penned these words. He was up close and personally invested in the strength and importance of armor. He saw the need for both the physical and spiritual armor he wrote about.
Questions to Ponder:
How does knowing that the battles we are called to fight are not against people, but the evil one change your perspective on battles you’ve had in the past?
Can you see how those battles were waged not only in the physical realm, but also in the spiritual realm?
How does this change the way you see those difficult people in your life?