The armor of God

Just like soldiers have to be ready for war with equipment and training, we have to be constantly armed and ready for spiritual warfare. Though our battles may be long and difficult, God did not leave us to fend for ourselves. He has already won the war through Christ Jesus. There is a war out there for your heart, spirit, and peace. Your priceless heart is so valuable, and God has given us all that we need to fight our battles. In Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul tells us of the armor which is given to us by God and through His Word. The battles that we fight are not of flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (v. 12). We are told that we must take up the WHOLE (complete, and not lacking) armor of God in order to be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm (v. 13). Each day we must put on the whole armor of God to be able to stand against the schemes of the devil (v. 10).

ARMOR OF GOD:

14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,18 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, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (V. 6:14-20) ESV

In Ephesians 6:19-20, the Apostle Paul asks God to help him in opening his mouth boldly to proclaim the Gospel, for which he is an ambassador in chains. Paul expresses that declaring God’s truth is absolutely the right thing to do, and keeping quiet would not be honorable. To me, this is a shocking response considering he had already been imprisoned for spreading God’s Word. How amazing is that? He calls himself an ‘ambassador in chains’. He had already been imprisoned for being an ambassador of God and his Word, yet he asks God to help him have the words to boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel (v. 19).

We are called to use the tools that God has given us in order to survive the attacks of the enemy and to use the tools against the tactics that the enemy throws against us. God is so good that even though the war is already won, he has given us the WHOLE armor of God, everything we need to fight the battles that come our way. I absolutely love this and it just makes my heart gush because it shows me just a glimpse of how much we are loved. God has prepared us and given us all we need for a VICTORY THAT IS ALREADY OURS. Death is defeated, we are offered eternal life through Jesus, AND though our lives may be tough to handle in our time on this earth – we are given all we need to fight the battles that God has already won for us. We don’t need to go through the motions, we don’t need to fear, and we certainly don’t need to feel defeated. We are to pray at all times, keep alert, and persevere (v. 18).

Paul ends this letter beautifully,

23 Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible. (Ephesians 6:23-24) (ESV).

PRAYER

God, help me to always remember that I lack nothing in loving and knowing you. You have given me all I need to persevere, I lack nothing in your presence. I pray that you would guide me in your ways, and help me keep my armor on. You have prepared me to fight the battles I face in my time on this earth, and you have already claimed my victory in advance. I want to thank you for your goodness, your grace, and your love. All of which I do not fully comprehend, yet you overflow my heart with your peace and you are beside me through all circumstances and situations that I have faced, and will face. Help me to always remember that I am an ambassador for Christ, and I ought to boldly proclaim my faith and your good Works throughout my life. Help me have the confidence and perseverance that I need to keep my faith in you, God. You never fail me and you never will. Thank you for dying on the cross for me, and for never forsaking me. Amen.”

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