There are passages in the Bible that I think for all of us we can read over and over again that never speak to us for years. One of those passages for me has been constantly in my head this week and I literally cannot shake it. I’m sure you’ll be familiar with it as soon as you start to read it too, especially if you grew up in a church at all.
Ephesians 6:13-18- 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 the saints.
How many times in my life have I heard about the armor of God? Too many to count honestly. Was it something I had on a lame t-shirt as a kid, yes. I always understood it to some extent, but it never really made a huge impact on me until I read it again this week. Something was telling me to dissect this passage more than I ever have and to really dwell on it.
The belt of truth buckled around our waist. But why there and why a belt? I usually wear a belt as a means to hold up pants and to pull an outfit all together. So in a spiritual sense, truth ties everything together. Satan hates that we are following God, and he will fight us like crazy because he wants us back on his side. Often times, Satan will fight us with lies and he has ways to make these lies sound like truth. We need God’s truth holding us up so that we can stand firm against the lies of Satan.
As I’ve brought up, our hearts are the seat of our emotions and the innermost part of a person spiritually and scientifically. Our hearts are tricky and prone to hold our insecurities and fears which is why God tells us to guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23) more than we guard anything else. Satan knows our insecurities- often times he’s the one who has put them there. The breastplate literally is just a strong, steady way to protect our hearts. I think the breastplate is one of righteousness because once we come to Christ and acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior, His righteousness is what fills and cleanses our hearts. Jesus is right there in that breastplate protecting the part of us He holds most precious.
God want’s us to be ready to go when He calls us to tell others about Him. We use our feet to move to action. God wants us to move and be ready to serve Him and follow His calling on our lives.
Faith in God will continually protect us. We already know that He has won the ultimate victory, so the battles we may face on this earth we need to trust Him to get us through. Trusting God when we are weak and when we are strong to protect us from the dangers of hurt and the arrows that Satan is throwing at us.
The helmet of salvation is on our heads because it protects us from the doubts that Satan will try to place in our minds about how great and mighty our God is. It keeps out the thoughts that God cannot protect us when we feel at our lowest and our weakest so that we can trust him. When we have our heads on straight, we can live more in our hearts for Christ.
Everything so far is defensive. Most of the armor God wants us to equip ourselves with daily is there to protect us and to prepare us for the war so that we are safe. Aside from God Himself, we are only given one weapon- the sword of the Spirit. This sword is God’s Word that He has given us. Again with our hearts, in the Bible God tells us to hide His word in our hearts. Even our weapon is something we need to actively prepare ourselves with. We need to spend time in the Word. We need to commit as much of it to memory as we can so that we can be ready for battle.
We cannot put on one piece of armor and call it good enough. There are reasons why God has given us so much to prepare with and protect ourselves with. It would be almost a slap in the face to God f we were to say, “I only need this one part of the armor God’s given us, I can handle the rest on my own.” Get out of your pride. God gave us all of this armor and it’s kind of a package deal- you need to put it all on and leave the battle to Him or you will fail. Let Him work through you and use you.
Like in my life verse that this blog is named after, everyday can be filled with moments that you were created for. However you need to prepare yourself so that you are ready when God calls you.