10 Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can remain strong against the devil’s evil plans. 12 Our fight is not against human beings. It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world. 13 So put on all of God’s armor. Evil days will come. But you will be able to stand up to anything. And after you have done everything you can, you will still be standing. 14 So remain strong in the faith. Put the belt of truth around your waist. Put the armor of godliness on your chest. 15 Wear on your feet what will prepare you to tell the good news of peace. 16 Also, pick up the shield of faith. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Put on the helmet of salvation. And take the sword of the Holy Spirit. The sword is God’s word.
A familiar passage to many people. Putting on the armour of God. I love some of the phrases from “The Message” version of this passage including:
“God is strong and wants you strong”
“……well-made weapons of the best materials”
“You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own.”
“Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued…..”
These thoughts are strong reminders that God has provided what we need to be strong and live life well. The armour of God is based on Him giving us truth, righteousness, peace, faith and salvation. But it’s easy to miss the richness of what God means by those words. As a result, we can miss the power of those weapons. His truth is not just His scripture but what He says about each of us and us believing what He says about us. Do we act as if we are fearfully and wonderfully made each day? Do we believe and act like we believe that we are God’s masterpiece? And do we know those same thoughts are true of the people we run into each day? Do we spend time in prayer bringing our anxious thoughts to God so that His peace can be present in our hearts and minds each day?
Lord, help us to get a better understanding of what You mean when You spoke about the weapons and tools You have provided for us. Help us to get hold of the truths that we have missed – the detailed things that are specific to helping us deal with the things that have happened to us – not just Your big picture of the world. Help us to remember every moment how to engage with You and receive Your peace especially when our stress is maxing out. Lord show us more about putting on Your armour today – something new we haven’t realised before and help us practice it today. Thank You.
Written by Therese Manning