Good morning! Prior to my arrival at my current church, I pastored for eight years at a church in Lexington, Kentucky. I look back on those times and those people with great fondness. One of the members (I’ll call her Linda, for that is her name) had a love for the Lord that just energized her. Every Sunday morning, when I would see her, she told me, “Bro. Matt, I’ve put your armor on.” In other words, she prayed for me and went through all the pieces of the armor of God for me. Why? Because she knew that preaching the Word and the Christian life in general engages in spiritual warfare.
In other words, it’s a fight!
As the verse for the day shows us, the lines of battle are not against the things of this world ultimately. No, the battle is in the heavenlies. As a result, the verse prior, we are called to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). That’s right–Satan works to execute his plan against God’s people and all of God’s creation. This armor helps us to stand firm and understand Satan’s schemes.
The armor contains six pieces, each with a different function:
- Belt of truth: Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) so we need to put the hem of our garment in our belt so we are walking in truth and not tripping on falsehood.
- Breastplate of righteousness: The breastplate protects the vital organs in battle. For the Christian, this protects him from the accusations that Satan hurls his way and secures the heart.
- Shoes for your feet: These shoes ready one for the obstacles that Satan puts in the Christian’s path as they advance into Satan’s territory.
- Shield of faith: The shield extinguishes the darts of doubt and fear that Satan hurls the Christian’s way.
- Helmet of salvation: God protects the mind of the believer from the false doctrines that harm the Christian.
- Sword of the Spirit: This sword is the Word of God, the Christian’s only offensive weapon whose power leads Christians to holiness and ensures Satan’s inability to overcome.
Don’t forget prayer:
… praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak (Ephesians 6:18-20).
We are called to fight! Let’s engage in the warfare rightly, with Christ as our champion!