“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
The Scripture clearly states that we are not to leave any part of the armor off. We are to put on the WHOLE armor of God every day. So what do these armor pieces do for a follower of Christ?
- The belt of truth: The belt is a reminder to be organized. It is where a soldier puts his knife, additional ammunition, and perhaps his keys. We have prayer, the Bible, fasting, etc. Did you know that when Goliath’s armor is described, there is no mention of a belt? (1 Samuel 5-7) I believe it is because truth did not play a role in this Philistine’s life.
The battle today is no longer between God and the devil. The battle today is for the heart of God’s people who must defend themselves from the devil with the truth. Jesus won the war on Calvary. We are not defending God when we battle evil; He already won that war. The armor is to protect us! Goliath’s armor could not stop the stone of truth David threw. The difference between the enemy’s armor and ours is that frequent kneeling keeps us in good standing with God. The truth sets us free!
- Breastplate of Righteousness: This is like a bulletproof vest and is worn over the robe – the robe of righteousness. This piece of armor – which protects the heart – always partners with the righteousness of Christ.
The robe of righteousness is given only to those humble enough to accept Christ. The breastplate is then worn over the robe to protect the soldier from a frontal attack. It is not designed to protect the back because other believers – the Body of Christ – should already have our backs. As long as I am covered by the breastplate and robe of righteousness, I can continue to move forward following Jesus in spite of attacks from behind. As the vest protects the heart – Romans 7:21-25 – it also deepens my faith and builds confidence in my Lord.
- Sandals of righteousness: The soldiers during Paul’s day had nails in the bottoms of their sandals – much like a soccer player has on his/her shoes. It allowed them to dig in and create a firm standing so they didn’t slip when in battle.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news… (Isaiah 52:7)
The Gospel is not JUST good news, advice or recommendations from God. The Gospel is a command that we must always be ready to serve. The soldiers’ sandals had laces; therefore, he had to bend over to tie them. Regardless of how great you think you are you must one day bend in humility. You can’t be a servant unless you bend!
Paul considered himself a debtor to those who never heard of Christ. I wonder, do we realize how blessed we are to have this message of peace? As followers of Christ do we respond to spreading the Gospel like Isaiah? “Here am I, send me Lord.” We are also to take the Gospel to wherever He sends us.
Paul didn’t miss any opportunity to share about the gift of eternal life. He traveled thousands of miles, but we don’t have to go any farther than a colleague at work or even a neighbor. He told his neighbors and even his persecutors; he told anyone who would listen. Are we bold enough to make the “truth” a topic of conversation whenever possible?