Can a soldier go into battle with only a part of their armor? No, of course not! If they did they would be vulnerable to attack, injury and death.
I am reminded of the film “Enemy at the Gates” where the Russian Army had plenty of soldiers, but not enough weapons to arm them. They sent soldiers out in pairs, one with a gun and the other with some bullets. Not a terribly effective way to fight a war!
Now consider the same situation for yourself as a Christian. Do you believe you are fully armored with all of the armor of God?
We are instructed to in Ephesians 6:13 “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.”
Not just a few pieces. Not just a sword without any protective coverings. Not just a shield for defense, because then we could not fight back. No, we are to take the WHOLE armor of God and to stand firm in it.
The armor of God is not physical either, because the war we are fighting is not a physical war. We are waging war in the Spirit, and so we need the spiritual armor of God if we are to fight and win. It is by using the various parts of the armor of God that we can defeat the attacks of the devil and the temptations that come against us to tear us away from Christ.
This spiritual war is being played out in the hearts and minds of Christians. Much of the battle is fought by setting our minds on the things of the Spirit and not the flesh. It is in the mind that the devil attacks by sowing seeds of doubt, condemnation, guilt, lies, and half-truths.
But when we learn how to use the weapons of the whole armor of God to capture our thoughts and to put to death the deeds of the flesh by the power of the Spirit, we overcome and can stand stronger in Christ. We learn how to walk in the Spirit at all times so that our mind is stayed on the Spirit and not the flesh.
Call to action:
Learn what the pieces of armor are and how to clothe yourself in each piece. Seek the truth, find out how God’s righteousness works in you, walk in the gospel of peace, keep salvation at the forefront of your mind, pray constantly, stand behind the shield of faith when attacked, and fill yourself with the word of God so the Spirit can fight for you.
Ephesians 6:10-11 NASB “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
My challenge for you is to read Ephesians 1-3 this weekend to find out what you have been given by God through Jesus. Knowing - Who God is, Who you are, and how to walk with the Spirit’s help, will help us to put on the armor and to stand as warriors.
Have yourself an awesome day!
Thank you Pastor Mona for the devo It really help me and Ilove it I put on the full armer of GOD every morning. And I ask Jesus to guide me to walk in the truth and obeying all that my Lord and saviour to walk with me in this day All I want is to praise and obey my Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Have a great day May GOD always continue to guide you and be with you.
Yes has His fully armor ovver me but if I dont listen or do my own way its my fault.He will not force me.At times I can really resit temtation beeing so strong but saying NO to the evil one...but its so easy also to fall...the flesh is soI ve listen to so many lies weak but God is so strong.I didnt know there was parts of the armor.Its true that sin take us away from GOD.I have listen to so many lies...I have to be careful before I felt so guilty but now aint.Yes I have to be with the Spirit of God and listen to His voice so I can be strong.Last night Pastor Mona it did me good to talk to you thanks it encouraged me.I am called to listen to God voice I did last night and it felt good,I will continue to pray and seek God in hisWord.Life can be a struggle alone its a bummer.
I am happy we are doing this study together ,to know how to fight well against the enemy .we need to protect our minds ,first battleground
Thank you Pastor Mona for this devo. We need to be reminded how to put the armor of God. Sometimes we forget Love to read those devotion cause they are helping me to understand some time what I don't understand. I am still learning to fight the good fight with Jesus God. Have a great day. Love you ❤️.