ARMOR OF GOD
Read Ephesians 6
To go into battle without any armor is either really stupid or really brave. For a warrior to go armorless, he would need to have complete trust in his own skills or complete trust in God’s protection. David knew his own skills with the sling to take down lions and bears, but he had faith that his battle against the Philistine was God’s to win, so he refused to wear Saul’s armor. Saul’s armor couldn’t even protect Saul when the archers overwhelmed him in 1 Samuel 31. Arrows find a way to sneak through the weak spots in armor.
To walk out into life without any spiritual armor is just plain stupid. The devil is an experienced warrior who knows how to take down the most faithful. We are fighting an invisible enemy. Try swinging a sword at that! This enemy spies on us, watches our every move, knows where our eyes wander, hears our whispers. We are at a disadvantage if we try to defeat that enemy by ourselves.
We need to arm ourselves. Notice Ephesians tells us to put on the full armor of God. Not a couple pieces here and there. Truth, righteousness, readiness, salvation, and the word of God cover every weakness in us by displaying God’s strength. The armor does not miraculously appear on our bodies. A conscious effort is required to put the pieces in place. We have to accept it, ask for it, cover ourselves in it, and trust it.
Get ready to rumble, but don’t enter the battlefield naked.
(from The American Bible Challenge)
YOUR BIBLE CHALLENGE:
1. Which commandment is the first to come with a promise?
2. Whom should fathers not exasperate?
3. Which piece of the armor is buckled around your waist?
4. What does the shield of faith extinguish?
5. What is the sword of the Spirit?
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ANSWERS TO: ARMOR OF GOD
1. “Honor your father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2)
2. Their children(Ephesians 6:4)
3. The belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14)
4. All the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16)
5. The word of God (Ephesians 6:17)