Ephesians 6:10-19 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16 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. 17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,” NASU
Now, as promised, let’s take a look at the Full Armor of God or as we might describe it, the Armor of the Believer which is given by God and administered by the Holy Spirit. I trust that the Lord has begun to stir your heart as you see the warfare and that you have been provided “weapons” to defeat the enemy in your life!
- Girdle of Truth.
Jesus is our Truth! No, Jesus is the Truth! This is an unmistakable declaration of Scripture as seen in John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” NKJV
It is very important that you grasp the fact that this is a loin covering. Why is that important? The Loins – – Reproductive organs and organs that dispel waste. As you appropriate truth you also dispel waste [falsehood, lies, deceit, deception, etc.] out of your life. You appropriate truth to be ready to reproduce yourself in God and bring others into the Kingdom and Family of God!
Therefore, I appeal to you to invite Jesus to become your “Covering of Truth”. Allow Him to be what He is – THE TRUTH! To cover your life so that you can eliminate all spiritual waste and be ready to reproduce the Life of God!
- The Breastplate of Righteousness.
We find in Deuteronomy 12:23 – “…the blood is the life…” KJV This is true naturally and spiritually. We have our vital spiritual vital organs covered with the Righteousness of God.
This is not struggling for Righteousness through any form of “legalism”. It is resting in the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. He covers us! So, I urge you to invite Jesus to become your “Covering of Righteousness”. My prayer daily is, “Lord you gave me as a free gift, righteousness. This righteousness is through the Blood of Jesus. So, Lord I ask you to BE MY RIGHTEOUSNESS today and every day!”
- The Gospel of Peace.
This is speaking of our “Spiritual Walk”. Jesus lives on the inside in the innermost part of our being. He lives in our heart of hearts and dwells in the part of us that makes us, us! He is ready to enable us to walk after the spirit rather than after the flesh. He is ready to adjust our walk to conform to His image and desire for our lives. We can begin living a “Directed Life” in Jesus!
The good news is that when you have on this armor you are Never caught off guard and unprepared! Jesus is Never unprepared! This is not a pump yourself up or a crash course in positive thinking it is resting in the Righteousness, Peace, and Joy of the Holy Spirit! It is being “Clothed in Jesus!”
- The Shield of Faith.
I would suggest that this could be viewed as a door shaped shield in our lives. Why do I say that? Who is the door biblically speaking? Jesus! And I find the words of Paul in Galatians 2 to be most comforting and encouraging where he says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” KJV
The New American Standard and the New King James render it faith in whereas the King James Version has it the faith of. It really doesn’t matter to me which, you prefer because both identify the foundation and basis of our faith to be JESUS!
This piece of armor has a specific purpose. It is to quench or dispel the fiery darts or flaming arrows of the enemy. This armor protects us from the schemes, devices, and strategies of the devil to bring us down and mortally wound us, spiritually. What are some of those arrows or darts?
- Your sins are not really forgiven is a thought that the enemy likes to continually attempt to plant in our thinking.
- You are not really filled with the Spirit.
- You will never receive healing because of your past, your present, or some failure on your part.
- You will never prosper and will always struggle because God doesn’t really care about your well-being or situation.
- You will never be a winner before God or a conqueror in this life because you are only human fighting supernatural foes.
The Bible counters all those darts:
- I am saved for I have believed on Him – – [John 3:16]
- I am filled for I have repented and been baptized – – [Acts 2:28]
- I will be well. God does want me healed. He is my healer – – [Exodus 15:26; 1 Peter 2:24]
- I will live in biblical prosperity. God does want me to prosper in the same proportion and depth that my soul prospers – – [3 John 2]
- I will be a conqueror because God says that I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ my Lord – – [Romans 8:37]
You have a choice to make! You can lift up the Shield of Faith and stop the fiery darts or flaming arrows of the enemy or allow them to come without any resistance.
Lest I weary you I will stop there and allow you time to digest this portion of our view of the Elements of Victory in Christ and this present spiritual warfare that we are engaged in.
So, until tomorrow it is my prayer that God watch over you and guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus! Blessings to you!