In general I would say I’m a lover, not a fighter. However, if you challenge me on something I’m passionate about I will no doubt battle my heart out!
I’m currently studying the Armor of God with an awesome group of women at my church. We are daily diving in to Priscilla Shirer’s deep insight surrounding Ephesians 6:10-19. God has been speaking to me in a myriad of ways on this topic, so I thought I’d share a couple things that have really stood out to me.
As I’m sure many of you did, I learned about putting on the armor of God as a kid in Sunday school. The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit were all prominently displayed in plastic on whichever child had raised their hand first. We were told that we must “put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” (vs 11). I was cool with that. I had salvation, I knew the Holy Spirit lived in me, so I just had to be truthful, live right, make peace and not neglect my faith. Seemed like being a Christian meant wearing the armor; I couldn’t really separate the two. It also seemed like a lot to live up to.
One of my favorite things about deep Bible study is learning the background or history of scripture. So much of the New Testament is Jesus fulfilling the prophecies and lessons of the Old Testament. But if you haven’t taken the time to research, you wouldn’t know. Priscilla points out that Paul calls Christians to put on this armor because God himself did. Isaiah 59:16-17 records God putting on these very pieces of armor to battle for His people who had fallen to the evil one. Suddenly, I understood this armor in a different light. It’s not just an arbitrary armor of God, it is THE armor OF God! Do you see the difference?
Imagine yourself as a young person during the middle ages, countries always at war for new territories. Surely you would hear stories about battle heroes and perhaps you would dream of someday being like that hero yourself. When the time came for you to go to battle, you would be given armor that would hopefully protect you in the same way it protected that hero. But imagine if that hero came to you and gave you HIS armor. The armor that had seen many battle fields, stood the test of time and won many victories. That armor would be something special! And that is exactly what God has done for us. He’s not calling us just to put on any old armor, He is handing us HIS armor, the very armor He wore into battle for us over and over before Christ came to earth. What a glorious honor! And how overwhelming is His love for us that He doesn’t want us to battle with anything less than His victory-proven armor! It changes my view from something I “need” to do as a good Christian to something I am honored and humbled to do as His daughter. Wearing HIS armor I am ever protected, ever at peace, and can so clearly see truth. These are things I want in my life, not things I feel burdened to have to put on.
Verse 13 says “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.” If I had been writing this verse, I would have written, ‘take up the full armor of God so you can go out there and show them who’s boss!’ But he doesn’t say that. He says “stand firm.” Here you are all gussied up in this incredible victorious armor but all He wants you to do it stand?? That’s right. Because all those pieces of armor you put on are protecting you from every enemy that comes at you. You just need to stand firm in the confidence that that armor will protect you! You stand confidently and you pray (vs 18). You will get battle weary if you’re flailing around, swinging at anything that looks like it may hurt you; and without God’s armor, that’s exactly what you’ll feel like you need to do. But your Father loves you too much for that.
So, tomorrow morning, kneel before your Father in Heaven and allow Him to do you the great honor of bestowing His armor to you, then get up and put it on! You are wearing your Father’s armor now, you can stand in peace.
Eph 6:10 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of HIS might.”
Hi! I'm Dezerai, a woman passionate about living in my purpose, about creating a life on purpose and about challenging you to do the same. I speak, I write, and I hang out with my husky and my handsome husband in the beautiful Napa Valley.