Welcome to part 2 of this series ladies and gents! Topic of the day: armor of God. Wassup. Alrighty, so let’s ride into battle and figure out what these things are! FOR NARNIA!!!
Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. in every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. -Ephesians 6:10-17
For starters, these “elements of clothing” to wear when we ride into badly against the world are not, I repeat NOT of our own doing. Verse 10 says we are to be strengthened by His strength. So fear not fellow weak humans, all of this is via Holy Spirit, via the cross.
Next-why do we need a war-drobe?? We are fighting a battle. We are in a battle against the devil. We are in a battle against the world. We are in a battle against ourselves. The world is full of sin and the devil’s “antics” as verse 11 notes. Everything around us, because of sin entering the world, is “the Devil’s playground” so to speak. The Bible doesn’t say that you might see some rough days, but that you will. James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” It doesn’t say, “if you experience trials”, it says “whenever you experience various trials”. We are going to come up against a variety of things in this life, which is why it is so critical we find our strength in the Lord and don this armor He’s gifted us with.
On to the armor. For starters, we are to stand up against these things. Not roll over and play dead. Not just chill and hope for the best. Not sit and expect God to magic genie just *poof!* take care of it. God will fight for you, but He also gives us the necessary attire to fight ourselves.
“Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist” (v.14)
Truth: real facts about something, sincerity in action, character, and utterance; in accordance with fact, being in accord with fact with fact or reality
-Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” John 14:6
-The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. Psalm 199:160
Truth is action and character. It is what your doing and what is real. We know from scripture Jesus and the word are truth. Now, I don’t know the theological significance of truth being worn like a belt, but based on my knowledge of belts and the Bible, here’s what I’ve come up with: belts are worn around your waist (unless you’re six and they’re a ninja headband). Belts keep your pants up. They keep everything up and together. They are worn at the center of you. Truth keeps us up and together. It holds the rest of what we should be wearing in place. It is the center of who we are. We are rooted in truth. Now, I watch more BBC than the average Texan probably should, and one of those shows is Merlin. In the show, Merlin, the currently young wizard, starts out as teenage King Arthur’s basically lady in waiting. Merlin’s job is to dress Arthur for battle. One of the last things he puts on, besides his helmet and sword pretty much, is the belt. It wraps around the foundational elements (which we’ll talk about in the next post). Also think about any image of someone going into battle you’ve seen, be it a King Arthur Medieval suit of armor sword fight, or a Wyatt Earp Old West quick draw duel kinda thing, think about where their weapon of choice was kept. Easily accessed at their side, strapped to their belt. Truth holds our weapon. So, let’s just ahead jump ahead a little.
“and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.” (v.17)
Our weapon is God’s word.
– All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible is like our Swiss army knife or duct tape for life, it can be used for anything. The Bible literally is God breathed. It’s our marching orders. It’s our book of cheat codes to defeat the devil at his own game. It is our greatest weapon. It is accessed via our belt, the truth, aka Jesus and God’s word. Oh wait! It is God’s word, well that’s convenient.
-This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night, so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. -Joshua 1:8
We need to study this. You can’t use a weapon unless you’re are well versed in how to use it. If someone handed me a sword right now and said go fight, I wouldn’t know what to do, sword wielding’s not exactly something I spend my Saturdays doing. I would need to learn how to use a sword.The Bible is an all-in-one inclusive, how-to manual and weapon in one leather bound package. We need to study the Bible like Joshua 1:8 says.
“righteousness like armor on your chest” (v. 14)
The chest piece of armor protects you, it protects you and your heart. Its the foundational element of the armor. Without this, the rest of the armor is helpful, but not as effective, because you are left more vulnerable. This “matter of the heart” so to speak we will go more in-depth to in the next post. I’ll give you a hint, it starts with “fruit” and ends with “of the Spirit”.
“and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace” (v.15)
Another version of this verse says “put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.”
-I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Jesus overcame the world. He lived a perfect life, he defeated the devil, he defeated sin, he defeated the grave. As Romans 12:12 says, we have a confident hope. The next part of this verse talks about readiness. We need to be ready at all times. We need to be “sandaled”, ready to roll at all times, not attempting to force peace when stuff hits the fan. We need to firmly stand on the Gospel at all times.
-But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you. -2 Timothy 4:5
In the words of Billy Madison, we need to have our boots tied tight, ready to go. We are in a state of war. We need to be ready to share the Gospel and be rooted in the peace that comes from it, because “Though the mountains may move and the hills may shake, My love will not be removed from you and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says your compassionate Lord (Isaiah 54:10).
“In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (v. 16)
The devil will try and hit try and hit ya with everything he can. Its like a big scary game of dodge ball, except we know we win because of what Jesus did on the cross, and God’s equipped us with this knowledge, so faith in it will kill shot anything thrown at you. We’re not just left to bob and weave our way threw life.
-Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. -Hebrews 11:1
We can’t physically see God, so we have faith in what we’ve seen Him doing, what He’s done, and what we know He is capable of doing. It’s our shield when the devil pulls covert missions and we can’t see him coming. Unlike a belt, shoes or a sword-we have less control over a shield. We stick it up to block something, and put faith in it that it will do it’s job. We faith the gospel, we faith God. A shield and a sword paired together are a lethal combination and one that can save your life in a battle. God’s word and faith in it can help us defeat whatever the world throws in our face. We can extinguish any flaming arrow the devil bottle rockets at you.
“Take the helmet of salvation” (v. 17)
You have the free gift of salvation. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13). Take it!
-IF you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10: 9-10
According to doctors and health officials, a helmet is an essential item that can potentially determine the difference in death and life in the event of an accident. A helmet guards your livelihood. It protects your brain-the central organ of which bodily and mental functions derive. Salvation determines life and death. Have it-you live, don’t-you die (John 3:16). Salvation protects how you life live-your bodily and mental functions. With salvation-a new life in Christ, redemption from the crud we get in to-we can go on about fully living the life God intended us to through His son.
Each of these elements are needed. We need to know what they are and be striving to put them on. As you do so, remember who paid for them. This morning at church, the pastor hit on Mark 4:35-41. A comment he made about verse 35 was Jesus basically said they were going to the other side of the lake. They knew the end result of this journey, yet they still feared and questioned Jesus in the midst of the storm. We know how this battle ends, but that doesn’t mean the journey won’t be rocky sometimes. We’ve been equipped to defeat the devil’s antics. We’ve been equipped to take on the world, because Jesus overcame the world.
Not gonna lie to yall, it’s taken me two days and hours longer than usual to actually type of this blog. The website kept stalling my typing and deleting random words. Just this website was acting up though, everything else on the internet was fine. Apparently the devil does not want me to publish how to defeat him. Don’t let him win. Don’t throw in the towel. I know its easier sometimes, but don’t give up. Keep fighting. Remember that the same power that rose Christ from the grave is living in you! Find strength in the power of the gospel and equip yourself with the armor of God.
For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law, but under grace. Romans 6:14