10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
-Ephesians 6: 10 – 13(KJV)
Paul urged the church of Ephesus to prepare for war. The same goes for us today, we must prepare for war. However, the war we must fight is not what we see but what we cannot see: the hidden forces that influence our community, country, and the world today.
Paul explains in detail what we should wear in battle. We wear the belt of truth to guard our inward being against the deception of the enemy. The breastplate of righteousness is being covered by the Blood of Christ to protect our hearts. Having our feet fitted with the gospel of peace is being ready to take over the territory of the enemy, liberate captives, and encourage fellow believers. Having the shield of faith is being confident that God will perform His word regardless of what we see or hear. In having the helmet of salvation protects our mind from doubts, fears, and all mental attacks of the enemy. In having the Sword of the Spirit, the word of God, we are ready to tear down every evil influence and stronghold of the devil.
If you haven’t guessed, putting on the armor of God is putting on Christ inside and out. In putting on Christ, who is the Word, with all prayer and supplications, we can be ready for all attacks of the enemy. We are putting on Jesus every day we read, meditate, study, and pray the Word. We are not fighting alone; Jesus is also interceding for us. Praise God! He has not left us helpless. We can fight and be victorious
May God strengthen and Bless You.
Yours in Christ,
Dr. Barbara Kile Mathews, Pastor