I find it interesting that in this whole description of the armor of God, Paul does not call us to fight, but simply, to stand. We are often so busy thinking of how we are going to battle the enemy, while Paul reminds us that the battle is the Lord's, not ours. Our job is simply to put on the armor.
Interestingly, much of the armor is defensive in nature: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the shoes of the gospel of peace. Only the sword of the Spirit is an offensive weapon. For maximum protection, we need to put on the whole armor of God, not just the parts that we want or like.
In the beginning of Ephesians 1, Paul tells us that we have every spiritual blessing in Christ. This collection of armor not only protects us but it blesses us as well. Truth, righteousness, faith, salvation, peace, His Word...all these are treasures that not only bless us but help us to stand firm when the enemy tries to knock us down. When we know His truth, we cannot be deceived by Satan's lies. When we have His righteousness, we do not need to cower in fear. We can stand strong, firmly rooted and confident that the Lord will fight for us. We need only stand and be silent. (Ex. 14:14)
As you dress each day, do you also put on your spiritual armor? Just as none of us would ever consider going out without a jacket on a cold day or shoes, it is curious why we would venture out into a battlefield with nothing to protect us. We live in a spiritual world, not merely a physical one. Putting on the armor is an act of faith, acknowledging that we are not just living on this earth but are citizens of a heavenly one.
Starting today, spend a few moments putting on your armor, perhaps even as you put on various items of clothing. As you buckle your belt, pray that the Lord will gird you with his truth as well. As you put on your shoes, ask that He would send you out as a messenger of His gospel of peace.
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