Armor of God

by on March 25, 2016

Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
How is the armor worn? How is it used? When is it used? Why use it at all?
When one trusts the Lord Jesus to save him from sin and it’s punishment, and repents, he begins to wear the helmet of salvation. For by grace he has been saved through faith, and that not of himself it is a gift of God.

He begins to use the shield of faith trusting the Lord Jesus Christ to save him. When he acts on what he reads in the Bible, he uses the shield of faith. When he is made fun of for following Christ, looses friends, or family shuns him, or other loses are incurred, and he stays faithful to Christ, his shield of faith is used and strengthened.

He is given the breastplate of righteousness; the righteousness of Christ. As people know he is a Christian he has an even greater incentive to live a righteous life, and follow Christ because unsaved people are watching his behavior. They may be thinking, “Is this person really saved? Is he really a different person than he used to be?”

He is given the belt of truth. He is believing the truth for the first time. He is trusting that Jesus Christ is saving him from sin. As he reads the Bible, and acts on it, he cinches up his belt.

Acting on what the Bible says also sharpens his sword of the spirit. He does things because of what the Lord Jesus Christ shows him in His Word, the Bible.

As he shares the Gospel with others, his sword is sharpened. The Holy Spirit brings to his mind what he has read in the Bible. Bible verses he has memorized come to his mind to speak as he preaches the Gospel to friends, family members, and total strangers. He preaches it one to one and maybe even to groups of people.

His feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace are firmly planted in God’s Word.

The more he reads the Bible, prays, obeys what he reads and shares the Gospel the better his armor fits, the firmer his grip on the shield of faith, and the sharper his sword becomes. Soon he is wearing it ALL and using it all throughout each day.

Be encouraged, Christian, be faithful, and don’t quit!

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