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August 30, 2017, 10:06 AM

The Armor of God

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God…” (Ephesians 6:10-13a).

God does not propose to send His soldiers into battle without their battle equipment. As we noted last Sunday, Jesus said, “But stay . . . until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Likewise, as a wise spiritual counselor, Paul closes his letter to the Ephesians, “You must wear the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist evil in its day of power” (6:13, Phillips).

Evil has its days of power. When Satan cannot defeat us in one way, he attacks from half a dozen other directions. It is in those moments that we need the whole armor. And it is whole because it is God’s kind of armor. When we turn to God and ask for his supernatural covering, he fully supplies for our need. He supplies and clothes us with everything we need for “life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Just consider some of the battle gear He invites us to put on as we face our enemy:

There is no spiritual defense more powerful than truth. When the Holy Spirit assures me that I have the facts on my side, I can withstand almost any assault.  And what a tremendous bulwark is righteousness! When under the leadership of the Spirit my attitude is right and my actions have been fair, I can boldly say to any enemy, “Do your worst. Take your best shot.” It may seem a strange contradiction that peace should be one of the Christian’s instruments of war. But it is. Many a victory has been won for God by refusing to fight when the issues were purely personal. This is God’s victory that comes to the mighty meek. Above all God gives me the shield of faith and the sword of Spirit, which is the word of God. When my faith in God is firm and when it is firmly planted in his Holy Word I do not fear what man or devil may do.

Here is the whole armor of God and putting it on is simply giving myself completely over to God. Having done this, my life is entirely filled and surrounded with Him. I am at no point exposed to danger when His all-powerful presence stands between me and my enemy. With Martin Luther my divinely defended spirit sings: A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing.

Let us join together in prayer: O Lord, now that you have renewed us and your mercies to us, restrain us from the sins into which we are most prone to fall and urge us on to the duties we are most averse to perform. Protect us from evil and equip us for faithful battle. Guide and govern us, O Lord, and let us be yours and only yours forever. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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