God's Armor--Are You Wearing It?
By Joy Knepp
September 1, 2010
Well, I guess by the time you read this, the school bells will be ringing again! I sure don't know where the summer has gone! But I'm trying to remember that I can ruin today by being sad that yesterday is gone.
So, we have to count every day as the blessing it is and enjoy it to the fullest!
As I've been praying about what to write this time, I feel God has taken me to Eph. 6:10-18, where Paul wrote:
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 (human beings), 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; -Ephesians 6:10-18
Wow, when we start getting a hold of this passage it almost blows our minds!
When I get done shopping for the family, everything I've bought is to benefit the family. Well, I admit, too often I splurge on something that really wasn't necessary! But, not so with Jesus, He only "bought" the necessities and then when His "shopping" was done, everything we could possibly need was "in the cart". Then He said, "It is finished!"
So, with that in mind, let's look at some things that are included.
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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." Eph. 6:11-12.
WOW, He has even provided an armour for us!
- A waist belt truth: that which is true, the fact or facts, a fixed or established principle.
- A breastplate righteous: doing right, virtuous, behaving justly.
- Our feet are shod peace: freedom from strife of any kind, condition of quiet, order and security.
- A shield faith: belief without proof, reliance, loyalty, complete trust in God.
- A helmet salvation: a saving, being saved.
- A sword: the word of God: the Bible
Think about an armour for a moment, and when you have a mental picture of it, think, will an armour do us any good if we hang it up so it doesn't get scratched or worn? And then, when the devil comes with his wiles, we are "naked" and without the defense that God has ever so lovingly, through the death of His precious Son, provided for us! We have to get this truth totally settled in our mind, that it is NOT God's responsibility to fight the devil for us- remember, He said, "It is finished!"
I said all of that to say this; who wants marriages to fail? Yes, we all know that it is the devil that is out to wreck homes and so we must commit to wearing this AWESOME armour of God and beat the devil at his own game! Do not hestitate to recognize the devil when something comes between you and your husband, and call it what it REALLY IS, "...for we wrestle not against flesh and blood..."! And Eph. 6:20 says, "...that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." The word bold means; daring, brave, courageous, without fear.
Again I say, God didn't give us the armour so we would hang it somewhere to collect dust, He meant for us to get it on and USE it! He gets great pleasure out of watching His children wear it and "...stand against the wiles of the devil"! I have told my husband that I refuse to get up in the morning until I have the whole armour on, although I admit, having a sinful nature, if I'm not very careful, the first thing I know, the devil is coming at me and I have forgotten to put it on! So, we will strive to grow and learn until God calls us home and we hear the welcome words, "...well done, thou good and faithful servant"!
God be with you till we meet again!
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