“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
What armor is God talking about? Is it a one size fits all? Where do I even begin to obey this command?
The armor the Lord is referring to is made up of:
- The belt of truth
- The breastplate of righteousness
- Our feet shod with the Gospel of peace
- A shield of faith
- The helmet of salvation
- The sword of the Spirit (Word of God)
We are not to pick and choose, but put on the “whole” armor of God. It is not a one size fits all. How do we know? Saul tried to put his armor on David so he could fight Goliath, but it didn’t fit. In fact, he could barely move in it. This Scripture is a great analogy for our spiritual armor. Each set of armor is designed to fit a specific individual. I can’t wear yours – spiritually speaking – and you can’t function successfully by wearing mine.
I’ve heard people say, “I don’t have enemies. Why would I need to have this armor you are talking about?” Maybe these people don’t feel like they have enemies, but unfortunately, they do. They just don’t realize that they are actually Prisoners of War in the devil’s camp. They have just gotten comfortable with their lifestyle.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1Peter 5:8).
Peter is very clear in this Scripture; we all have an enemy! The devil’s primary job is not to murder; it’s to sow apathy! He likes to blindfold the minds of God’s people so they don’t have any interest in reading the Word of God. By not reading the Word of God, we won’t know His will for living life as a Follower of Jesus. We get comfortable with the sin in our lives.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a “slave” of sin”(John 8:34).
God does not want his children degraded, devoured, defenseless or destroyed. But He also wants us to understand that God is our only ally against the devil.
Paul’s analogy of the armor “of God” came to him during his three years in prison. Every day he saw 15-25 soldiers in uniform. They were never without their uniforms – all parts of it. It is one thing to have the armor available to us, but it is useless if you and I don’t put it on daily.