ROOTED - Wednesday, June 29, 2022


The Whole Armor of God

 

In our look at spiritual warfare, we’re looking at the “armor” that Paul describes.

 

Ephesians 6:10–18 ESV

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints  

 

Reflection

Twice in this passage, Paul instructs us to put on the WHOLE armor of God. The word “whole” means every piece, not just grabbing the one piece that you feel particularly comfortable with.  Leaving one piece of this spiritual armor unused leaves us vulnerable. Knowing how to incorporate each piece of this armor requires practice, testing, and proficiency. In other words, - spiritual maturity. Weak, shallow Christians – “Sunday Christians”, won’t have the ability to resist spiritual attacks effectively. Also, note that Paul defines the possessor of our armor – “of God” – “the whole armor of God.” All of these tools are given to us by God, as we stand before Him, in Christ. All that we are, and all that we have are because of Christ. There is nothing of ourselves that we have apart from Christ that can earn us salvation or forgiveness, but even as we stand against Satan. In our strength, we cannot resist Satan. It is only in Christ, His righteousness, His Word, and His victory over death, sin, and Satan, that we have hope and faith.

 

Prayer

Father, prepare our hearts, our minds, and our faith for battle. Strengthen us to stand firm. Forgive us our weakness and sin. Help me to learn what it means to be, “Of God, I am, in Christ.” And in that is our victory, over sin, Satan and death. Amen.