Ephesians Day 30: Daily Armour.
“Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (6:11)
The armour of God is one of those cool sections of the Bible that really stands out to people. Most people can point to this bit in Ephesians even if they couldn’t tell you much about the rest of the book. As a boy and young man I used to love the idea of getting to put on armour, but behind the glamorous façade this passage points to a challenging unseen reality.
There’s a spiritual reality behind the physical world that we can see and touch. We face spiritual opposition. Paul talks about the ‘powers of this dark world’ and ‘the spiritual forces of evil’. We don’t need to be dismayed or freaked out, or get too fanatical about precise identifications, but we’re talking about the devil and his followers. Basically anyone who opposes God. They are spirits and their opposition to us is spiritual.
If we have spiritual opposition we need a spiritual defence. God has graciously given us a special set of armour specially for this purpose. He does not leave us defenceless. Instead He’s given us everything we need. Boots, belt and breastplate, helmet, sword and shield. We’re to be equipped like a Roman soldier, fully protected and formidable.
Notice how we’re to ‘put on the full armour of God’ (6:11). How can we serve effectively if we’re not equipped? Just like a soldier would be useless if he walked onto the battlefield without armour or weapons, so we’ll be ineffective as Christians if we walk about without the armour of God and the sword of the Spirit (6:17).
So put on the full armour of God, don’t miss a single item. Get into the habit of putting it on every day, praying this over yourself regularly. That’s what my wife and I do for each other every day before we leave the house, and we’ve benefitted so much. It guards our minds, protects our hearts, bolsters our faith, holds us firm and helps us to remember and use God’s truth in the situations that we face. I’d encourage the same routine for you so that you can enjoy the same benefits.
Don’t leave yourself unprotected – take your stand today for God with the armour He has provided.
To take away: Ask God today to show you what each piece of armour looks like practically. As you pray through these items, ask Him to show you how each one can transform your daily experience as a man or woman of God.
This is the penultimate post in a 31-day walk through Ephesians. I’d love for you to join me in exploring this amazing book of the Bible for the rest of the month of May. Every day you’ll find a new post with fresh encouragement from God’s word. I hope this series blesses you, and if it does, please share it with others. Thank you.