Scripture – Ephesians 6:13-18 “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the LORD’s people.
Fellow believers in Christ Jesus, we are at war! Our Earth is a spiritual battleground, a war that has been raging for more than 6000 years. Ron Halverson, in his book Prayer Warriors, states that: “Our streets, our neighborhoods, our communities, our states, our country, our world – all are battle zones… The battle to break through the barriers Satan has built around us is not a game. It is part of a war – a battle to the finish.” If I didn’t know that his book was published in 1995, I would think he just wrote it. He has described exactly what we are seeing today – what we are witnessing with our spiritual eyes.
Let’s pray! Gracious Father God, we humble ourselves before You, seeking Your wisdom, Your righteousness, Your acceptance. We know, on our own merit, we are not worthy – therefore we come baring the name of Jesus Christ who bore the pain our iniquity so that we could come before You seeking an everlasting covenant relationship. Today, Father, we need Your Spirit to guide us through our great need for Your armor and the purpose for each piece. For without You we are lost, but with You we are victorious. Seal Your instructions in our minds and hearts. In Jesus precious name, Amen!
In my last blog, we studied Ephesians 6:10-12. In these Scriptures we learned that the events taking place today are bigger than the physical realm, bigger than our day to day physical struggle and worries. The purpose of these Scriptures are to pull our minds away from the physical distractions and bring our focus and efforts into the true battle taking place on Earth. God is calling us into a spiritual battle with everlasting consequences – so how do we prepare, what are we expected to do, where do we begin?
Our first step is to accept and surrender to His great plan for each of us. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. 7Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.” (Proverb 3:5-7) No matter what God has called each of us to do, He calls all of us into a covenant relationship that is renewed daily, moment by moment.
Second, we need God given tools and skills – we need to wield the full armor of God. (Ephesians 6:13-18) We need to put to memory each piece in our set of armor, its purpose and power. In his book Prayer Warrior, Halverson states: “Don’t leave your home without the armor. Don’t go into the world without the armor. Don’t turn on your TV without the armor. Don’t talk without the armor.” God is calling us to make His armor our go to choice for outerwear. A familiar and comforting choice that we know so well.
Third, pray without ceasing. “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1Thessalonians 5:17-18) We are called to pray in all situations, on our knees, in our car, while working – pray always! We need to consult God on ALL things – yes even the small day to day busy work – calling on His power for everything.
As we make the afore mentioned steps part of our daily, moment by moment routine, we are prepared to call upon God to impower the armor, we are prepared to do spiritual warfare. Some may ask why we do battle since Jesus won the battle on Calvary’s cross. Yes Jesus won the battle, the outcome has been determined, Satan has been defeated, with no comeback. The spiritual battle we face today is for lost souls, those entangled in Satan’s snares, those having lost their way, or never finding it in the first place. The spiritual battle is over those of whom are lost and who is saved. “When the enemy shall come in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19) Be assured that God’s children, in full Godly armor, will come up against Satan, without fear and trembling. Know that Satan is powerful, but God is ALL powerful.
Let’s study the purpose for each piece of armor. I like the illustration below but have a few areas I believe need more information.
- The helmet protects our thoughts and understanding concerning the will of God
- The breastplate does not have a back – we are to face our enemy knowing God is with us. He will guide out thoughts, words, and actions.
- The shield protects us from Satan’s fiery darts – not every thought that enters our mind originates with us. The shield blocks his mental assault upon our mind.
- The belt keeps our minds focused on the truth – keeping us on the Godly path to victory.
- The footwear keeps us in a ready state to do God’s will.
- Wielding the sword opens the door in a person’s life to respond to the Holy Spirit, giving them the hope of salvation.
The first 5 pieces of armor keep up in a covenant relationship with God so that we are able to wield the sword for the salvation of souls. I would like to suggest that everyone prayerfully study this illustration, memorizing the pieces and their purpose. Our time is short, God is calling us to be about His business of saving souls. Does God need us to get the message out to the lost? No, He doesn’t, instead He gives us the tools and the privilege to take part in the most importance event in our time – only eclipsed by the gift of Calvary.
Please share my blog with others if you enjoy them and they bring hope and promise to your soul. Until next blog, God be with you and yours. I pray He keeps you in His steadfast love. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Psalms 118:1-29)