Prepare for Battle
The battle is real and it is all around us. Every morning we wake up and step onto a spiritual battle field; yet too many of us forget to put on any armor. We either think that the hits won’t hurt us or we think we can do it on our own. It’s not until you have a moment where you get hit and realize you may not have been as strong as you thought you were that you realize the essential urgency to prepare for battle. Paul ends his letter to the church of Ephesus with this passage. Paul was in prison when he wrote this which makes this passage even more powerful to read.
Ephesians 6:10-13: “Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand firm.”
You probably have heard this passage a lot if you grew up in the church or maybe just barely heard about it. For me, I heard this passage way too much to the point that it was hard not to get numb to the power of these Truths. When I finally went back and examined this passage it hit me in a whole new way.
Notice he uses the word “whole” not some of the armor or the ones you want that day, but the entire armor! Paul continues on with a list of the armor needed to be put on.
Ephesians 6:14-17: “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.”
In battle, during that period of time, the belt is what held all of your weapons for battle. It’s no accident Paul used this word to describe how we should look at the truth. Truth in the Gospel is the foundation that holds the rest of the “armor” together.
The definition of righteousness is: Acting in accord with divine or moral law. A breastplate covers your heart. What are you allowing to get to and corrupt your heart?
The next piece of armor are the shoes of peace. The definition of peace consists of having a state of security. So I ask you, are your feet planted and standing in security or can they be quickly moved?
Ephesians 6:17-20: “And take the helmet of Salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplications for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Now moving on to the final two pieces of armor. A helmet protects your brain. It is one of the most important pieces of armor. When God appointed David to be the King Israel, God had Samuel pour oil on his head/forehead to show it was God saying “I have chosen you.” The Salvation is our anointing because we have a Savior that has chosen us and saved us.
Last, but certainly not least, the sword of the Spirit. Go back to the battle image. What is the very first thing out on the battle field? What did they hold out in front of them as they charged? Their sword! This sword is the word of God that should direct where we run to. Notice that this, the Word of God, is the only legitimate weapon mentioned. The other five are protection, but this is what you use to fight! In the letter to the Hebrews, Paul records: “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (4:12) The Word of God is powerful!
Are you ready for battle? For the daily battle against the enemy where his one purpose is to pull you away from Jesus. Let us stand firm against the schemes of the devil! Go now and prepare for battle.