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Ephesians 6: 10 – 17 - Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty strength. Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies. This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world. For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground. So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God’s approval as your breastplate. Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace. In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies.
Christians are to put on the armour of God for we are in a spiritual battle at all times. Let's look briefly at each piece!
It talks about the belt or girdle of truth or sincerity. If we are not sincere in our faith we may fall.
The breast plate of righteousness is talking about the righteousness we claim from Christ dying for our sins. It is important to keep short accounts with God, when we sin we need to say sorry fast and turn from our sin otherwise we cannot rely on Christ’s righteousness as our breast plate. Any sin drives a wedge between us and God and leaves Satan a space to get a foothold in our lives.
On our feet should be the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Are you renowned as a peace maker? Does peace follow you? Do you forgive easily and let go of wrongs?
The shield of faith is essential, satan continually attacks our faith and our thought life. We need to stand strong in our faith,resist the devil and he will flee.
The helmet of salvation covers our mind and protects it. Rest in Gods salvation, we did not earn it He gave it to us freely because He loves us.
The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, is a brilliant way of standing up to the devil. Quote scripture at Him, He will run so fast. That is what Christ did when He was led to the dessert for 40 days and nights to be tempted. Of course to quote scripture you have to know it so if you don’t know lots make sure its a goal to learn some handy ones such as: He who is in you, is greater than he who is in the world! Nothing can separate us from the love of God and there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus! Isn’t that the best news for the Christian?