“Stand your ground putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteous. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so you are fully prepared. In addition, hold up the shield of faith to stop the arrows of the devil. Put ont salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit which is the Wor of God.” Eph. 6:14-18
This passage starts with “STAND YOUR GROUND.” but who or what is it we have to stand our ground against? Just a few verses previous it says, “For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world…” Jesus says to live not of the world so we must stand our ground with Jesus on the side of righteousness, truth, peace, faith and salvation using the Word of God as our guide, to do that God gives us armor.
First is a belt of truth to strap on and it gives us the strength to tell the truth in love when we need to. For instance, my gift is teaching or explaining the scriptures like I do on this blog. I am an introvert so talking to people I have things in common (Christianity) with is my comfort zone. I am uncomfortable talking to strangers helping to save or convent them. But Jesus is the the Truth, the Life and the Way so he gives me the inspiration and strength to help them understand scriptures and his expectations of us. But if I needed to answer questions about Him and His sacrifice for our sins then I would put on my belt of truth to answer them.
The second piece of armor God gives us is the “body armor of righteousness.” When you obey God’s laws, you are righteous. His scriptures are righteousness. So if you are reading God’s word and trying to follow His commandments then you are righteous in the eyes of God. When you are reading His Word you are filled with the knowledge and righteousness of God and then you are able to use His words to inform others about him. You can show them how He loves them and helps make their lives full of joy, just like yours! It may be you need to use the Word to show someone the plan of salvation or showing them one of God’s promises. But along with the Holy Spirit, the armor of righteousness will assist you in your Christian life.
The third piece of armor are the “shoes of peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.” God wants us to be prepared to give an answer when someone asks us questions about the Good News… Click To TweetAnd Jesus’ sacrifice gives us peace since we know our sins have been forgiven.
Fourth, we have the “shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” Because let’s face it, we need lots of faith these days to resist the devil and block the temptations and attacks of the devil. And these arrows are not just fast and sharp, they are fiery. The NIV version of the Bible says the shield of faith “will extinguish the flaming arrows.” So as a visual person I can see in my mind the shield having a fire suppressing power. And I know you have been in situations, like I have, when you thought there was no way out unless God intervened. So we need this faith in God to put the devil in his place!
Then we must “put on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” We always have the helmet of salvation on. It has been there since the day you asked Jesus into your heart and has not been removed. Some people have doubts about their salvation, sometimes daily. But that should not be the case. God does not take your salvation away from you. He wants everyone to be saved. There may be some that would argue this with me but this is my personal opinion.
Finally, God again urges us to read His word this time calling it the “sword of the Spirit” because in the Bible He has called it “God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; so that the [a]man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work. ” 2 Tim 3:16, 17 (from the Amplified version) And the Holy Spirit helps us discern when to use the word when someone needs our help or just to use an act of kindness, if that would be a stronger witness.
I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11
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