Putting on the Full Armor of God
Daily Bible Reading – Song of Songs 1-4; Ephesians 6
Today’s Key Passage – Ephesians 6:10-18
Can you imagine a medieval knight jousting without wearing his suit of armor? Can you imagine a football player trying to play a game without pads? Can you imagine a hockey goalie trying to play a game without protective gear? Each of these scenarios sounds fairly ridiculous. In each case, it is essential to the health and success of the person involved to use the “armor” that is available. Likewise, as we walk the Christian life, it is essential for us to use the “armor” that is available to us – the armor of God. In today’s key passage, the apostle Paul describes the armor that we have available as we go into battle against the powers of evil in this world. Today, we will look at the armor that each of us has available:
The belt of truth – Satan often tries to attack us with lies, and sometimes we can all be fooled into thinking that these lies are true. When we have the truth of God’s Word to guide us, we can realize the difference between the lies and the truth and can remain strong.
The breastplate of righteousness – The enemy often tries to attack our hearts, but the righteousness that comes from God protects our hearts from these attacks. God has made us righteous not by our own actions but by the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. In this righteousness, we are guaranteed God’s approval.
The shoes of readiness – Satan wants us to believe that spreading the Gospel is too hard. He wants us to think we are not good enough to talk to other people about Christ. He wants us to think we do not know enough, or that we do not have the right personality. The shoes of readiness that God provides gives us the motivation to spread the Gospel to others.
The shield of faith – We are often attacked by “the flaming arrows of the evil one”. (Vs. 16) These arrows can take the form of doubts, persecution, and temptations. Without a shield, these arrows would sink into our flesh and kill us. Fortunately, we have the shield of our faith in God. We know His promises for us, and we know that He never leaves us or forsakes us. This shield of our faith allows us to see past our current circumstances to an eternal reward.
The helmet of salvation – The enemy will try to attack our minds. He will try to make us doubt God, and he will try to make us doubt ourselves. The helmet of salvation protects our minds from these attacks, and shows us that despite his lies, we are truly saved by God’s unfailing grace through faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The sword of the Word of God – All of the other pieces of armor are defensive in nature, but the sword is an offensive weapon. By learning and knowing God’s Word, we can use this “sword” to defeat temptations. We can use this “sword” to attack the forces of evil. We can use this “sword” to gain victory.
Do not underestimate the power of the evil forces in this world. When we turn to God for salvation, we become an enemy to Satan and his forces. If we are making a difference for God, we are guaranteed to face attacks by these forces. Be sure to put on the full armor of God each day so you will be prepared for these attacks, and rely on God’s power to help you through any situation.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.