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GAVE US HIS... ARMOUR
We read about the armour the Lord gave us in Ephesians 6.
Let's begin in verse 10, where we read: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might."
So we see our strength lies in the Lord. We don't do things in our own strength, we do it in His.
Verse 11 tells us to, "Put on the full armor of God..."
Why do we need to do that?
We find the answer in that same verse: "...so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil."
The Lord gave us His armour so we can take our stand against the devil's schemes. With His armour covering us from head to toe we are able to resist the devil and not give in when he comes to tempt us.
In verse 12 we read: "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."
Unfortunately we tend to forget this.
When someone comes against us in word or deed, we need to remember the devil uses people to attack people. We must remind ourselves that even though it is a human being attacking us in some way that the attack was instigated by the devil.
We need to fight against him, not against each other, for the Lord instructed us to love one another. We are even to love those who hate us and consider us their enemies.
So we need to take up the full armour of God. When we wear His armour we are able to stand our ground, firm in our faith.
Now we get to the armour the Lord gave us:
On our heads we wear the helmet of salvation. We protect our thoughts by believing God when He says that everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved. We know we have called on His Name, so we are saved and no one can take us out of the hand of God, not even the devil.
We cover our breast with the breastplate of righteousness. We believe Jesus, Who knew no sin, was made to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). Since the breastplate covers our heart, I believe we protect our heart by believing Jesus is our righteousness.
For our waist we have the belt of truth. The Word says Jesus Himself was full of truth (John 1:14). And Jesus prayed the Father to sanctify us with the truth, and then He defined that truth as the Word of God (John 17:16). And since Jesus is the Word made flesh that means we simply believe the Word. That way we always know we believe truth and when we obey that truth, we know we are walking in truth. And when we have the truth of God, Satan will not be able to trick us with lies and deception.
On our feet we wear the shoes of readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. We have peace with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus, but not everyone knows this. We are to be the Lord's witnesses and tell people about this wonderful peace with God they too can have through faith in Jesus and we have to teach them to observe all the commands Jesus gave us (Matthew 28).
In our one hand we take up the shield of faith. Faith comes from hearing the Word of Christ, so we need to hear or read or study the Word every single day. When we know what the Word says about any given situation, and we believe that truth, Satan will not be able to lead us astray. With our shield of faith we will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows he fires our way.
Finally we take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. It is the weapon the Lord gave us so we can fight the good fight of faith. We are to use His Word the same way Jesus used it when Satan came to tempt Him - letting it come out of our mouths.
In His great love for us the Lord gave us His armour to protect us against the attacks from Satan and to help us fend off his flaming arrows and to fight against him with the Word.
Let us use what God gave us!