We continue on today with our study on the “Whole Armor of God.”
We stand against more than just opposing worldviews, diverse religions, and foreign nations. Our battle is deeper than that. We are facing nothing less than literal armies of evil on a battlefield we cannot see. Even so, we are utterly commanded to stand boldly and continually upon the power of His might, fully prepared and protected in the armor of God! Verse 13 continues the admonition, reiterating it, in fact!
“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.”
Even though our enemy is far more powerful than you or I, and even though we cannot see them or what they do just outside out our perception continually, if we rely on our Lord and the tools He has given us, we will withstand the enemy’s attacks today, tomorrow, and every time they rear their ugly heads around us! You see, we are continually at war with our opponents. We are always in the midst of battle, even if we don’t realize it. Thus, we are to take up the whole armor of God, friends. And we are to do so continually, diligently, ever ready and always on the offensive against principalities, powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places, for our true enemies, let us never forget, are not flesh and blood!
What now does that armor consist of? Let’s look at verse 14:
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”
Looking at the first part, we see that Paul starts with the belt, saying for us to be “girt with truth.” Truth is actually more precious than anything, and the pursuit of truth is not only worthwhile, but it is immensely difficult. Winston Churchill said, “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” Today’s world is confused almost beyond recognition. The world around us doesn’t seem to know what truth is. Subjective morality? Fake news? Alternative facts? We don’t even know what bathroom to use any more! Who are we to trust when every perspective has a stake in the game? Friend, there is only one truth that each of us need hold on to that will put all others in their place. That truth of course is God’s fulfilment of His promises with His Messiah, and we have that truth in the Word!
Looking now to the breastplate of righteousness? What is the most vulnerable thing on the body? The heart! Spiritually speaking, the same holds! Before all other things, we have to guard our heart, our most important stewardship, our testimony or witness. We must guard the priority of our walk with the Lord against all threats. That’s why we must rely on the breastplate of righteousness, not our righteousness but His, to protect us from falling to the enemy.
Paul continues in verse 15:
“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
We take our shoes for granted around here in the south. I can’t do it because I have feet that are as tender as wet tissue paper, but I know many who can walk barefooted all day long. Even so, we all know the pain of stepping barefooted on thorns or stickers. Or, if you are a parent walking through a dark room, legos. In any event, shoes, or boots, these things provide us a measure of protection against traps, entanglements, and obstructions. Furthermore, Paul instructs the believer to prepare themselves with the gospel of peace. No matter what traps may arise, you can be prepared to combat them with the gospel in your heart.
The Message continues next time…
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