“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11
How would you like to get the devil to run far away from you? According to this verse it isn’t hard, you just “put on” God’s armor! Imagine if you had God’s armor on and started swinging your sword of the Spirit at the devil. What do you think he would see? He sees God’s armor coming at him. He doesn’t know who is wearing it. It could be God Himself coming at him. I guarantee you he’ll get away from you as fast as he can.
So how do you “put on” God’s armor? Well, first of all, let’s talk about the pieces of the armor, truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, and the Word of God. In the natural world these things don’t come automatically, that is why this verse says you must “put them on”. Just like you “put on” your clothes on purpose every day, you must put the armor of God on intentionally. It will not happen by itself.
So let’s examine the pieces of the armor and how we can intentionally “put them on” each day. First there is truth, God’s Word is truth. (John 17:17) “Put on” truth by knowing it more than anything else so that when pressure comes, it’s the first thing that comes out of your mouth. Practice this by speaking it over every situation and circumstance in your life. Next, our righteousness is Jesus’ righteousness. He became sin so we could have His righteousness. (2 Cor. 5:21) Righteousness is not a feeling, it is something you have because Jesus gave it to you. Wear it! Then, always walk in peace. (Isaiah 26:3) If you are determined to walk in peace, whenever evil tries to come your way it will quickly scatter because of your peaceful words and solutions. Over everything else put on faith, let it surround you like a shield. (Psalms 5:12) Walk out your days in an aura of faith. Even though it cannot be seen in the physical world it is seen in the spiritual world and puts a shield around you that cannot be penetrated. Be assured of your salvation. (1 John 5:13) Don’t ever question your salvation. Once you have made Jesus your Lord, ask Him to lead you to a verse to cling to for assurance. Lastly, wield your sword of the Word of God continually! (Eph.6:17). Hide God’s Word in your heart like a sword in a sheath and pull it out many times throughout your day. Even if things are going well, practice using your sword by speaking God’s Word in good times and bad.
Today I want to encourage you to “put on” God’s armor every day and keep Satan and his hosts on the run! The truth is that each piece of the armor is a blind spot to him, and he cannot even see you coming his way when you are wearing it. Don’t pass up God’s offer to “put on” and wear His very own armor or protection! God’s enemy doesn’t stand a chance against it.
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 6:10-17