In a previous post, A Soldier in God’s Army – Getting Dressed for Battle, I spoke on the importance of putting on the full armor of God that Paul referred to in the book of Ephesians.

We saw that we have been enlisted as soldiers in the army of my God when we trusted JESUS CHRIST as our Savior. Soldiers are well trained in combat; they carry all kinds of offensive, as well as defensive equipment, and are taught to be vigilant, alert, and aware. You see, armor truly is not an accessory but a necessity.  In order to value and utilize the armor we have been given, we must first recognize that we are in a battle.

All Christians are waging war against the enemy, regardless of whether they are experiencing rough or smooth times.  You always have an enemy that wants to see you defeated.

Ephesians 6:11-12 tells us to put on the full armor of God, so that [we] can take [our] stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. So, while the devil may have power…we have the power and authority of Jesus Christ at work in us by His Holy Spirit.

 

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What and What Not to Wear to Battle

Several years ago, I watched a program called What Not to Wear, a makeover reality television series that featured participants nominated by friends, co-workers, or relatives who needed a fashion makeover.  These women had the option of choosing to obey the fashion advice given to them by the show’s hosts.

Dressing for spiritual warfare may sound silly, but in reality it is what Christians need to do if they are going to survive the temptations and bumps in the road. It is important because all of us are engaged in a spiritual battle. But in this spiritual war, there’s both offensive and defensive equipment that we need to wear. With our weapons we fight the enemy. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

And we are protected from him by our armor. These verses in the book of Ephesians reveal the weapons and armor of our spiritual warfare.  Paul drew a powerful comparison between a soldier’s armor and the spiritual armor of God. We need everything that Paul referred to in his letter and we cannot forsake to choose some of the equipment and not the others.

When dressing for spiritual warfare, there are six basic items listed in Ephesians 6. These include:

  • Put On the Belt of Truth – The belt represents truth. A belt was the first piece of equipment put on, and it secures all the other pieces of our armor. Knowing God’s truth will defeat Satan’s lies and deception every time.
  • Put On the Breastplate of Righteousness – Without righteousness, we leave ourselves open to Satan’s attacks. One of Satan’s favorite attacks is on our hearts, which in turn, attacks everything else. Isaiah 59:2 says that “your iniquities have separated you from your God.” Iniquity is the opposite of righteousness, so when we give in to sin without repenting, we are removing our breastplate and leaving ourselves open to more of Satan’s attacks.

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  • Put On the Shoes of Peace (Spiritual Footwear) – Shoes might not be the most exciting piece of armor, but ladies we know we all like a nice pair of shoes. The word “preparation,” denoting readiness, reminds us that we are to be eager to spread the gospel of peace. We must be ready to announce the good news of God’s Kingdom, and do our part in helping fulfill the Great Commission of telling all the world.
  • Take Up the Shield of Faith (Shields Up!) – Our faith in in God’s power and love shields us against attacks in the form of setbacks, insults, and temptation. The shield of faith is not just for personal protection. If we join our shields—that is, strengthen each other with our faith, building up and serving as we are able—we will be able to take on any challenge.
  • Take the Helmet of Salvation – This protects our minds from doubting God’s saving work for us. We can receive tremendous hope and comfort by focusing on the incredible sacrifice Jesus Christ gave to save us. This hope protects our minds from the discouragement and despair in this world.
  • Take the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) – This is a weapon of offense against Satan. When tempted, we must rely on the fact that God is with us, and He wants us to go on the offense fighting back. Remember how Jesus used the Word of God to defeat Satan in Matthew 4:1-10?   Woman-with-sword-of-the-spirit

All of these items are needed to fight off the enemy. Likewise, we mustn’t forget to train. We prepare and train daily by praying. Paul stresses the importance of possessing these things: truth, righteousness, faith, the Word of God, salvation and peace. Yet, we must also do all these things as we pray without ceasing. If we pray relentlessly and bare these fruits in our life, the enemy will be fighting an ever losing battle. I encourage you to think about what Paul wrote and some of the things that you may be lacking or forgetting to carry with you at all times. Perhaps you need more peace. I know I could always use more faith and we all need to be living righteously. Keep fighting by remaining strong in Christ. Lastly, remember that the armor of God is not an accessory, it is a necessity!

Stay Blessed!

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green