Friday, August 7, 2020

The Most Important Part

Friday, August 6, 2020

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  Ephesians 6:10-11

The Most Important Part…

Maybe the most important thing we need to remember about the armor of God is that to completely protect oneself from the enemy, you must put on the full armor of God.  You see, if you don’t, Satan will find that one weak link; that one unprotected area, and he will attack.  He knows where our weaknesses are and he knows how to get to us so we must cover ourselves, every inch, with God’s perfect protection. 

In one sense, the full armor of God is a picture of Jesus Christ.  Christ is the Truth (John 14:6); He is our righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21) and our peace (Eph. 2:14).  His faithfulness makes possible our faith (Gal. 2:20); He is our salvation (Luke 2:30) and He is the Word of God (John 1:1, 14). This means that when we trusted Christ, we received the armor. Paul told the Romans what to do with the armor:

Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Romans 13:11-14  

We are to:

  • Wake up (Rom. 13:11),
  • Cast off sin, and “put on the armor of light” (Rom. 13:12).
  • We do this by putting “on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 13:14).
  • By faith, put on the armor and trust God for the victory.

Once and for all, we have put on the armor at the moment of salvation. But it still has to be “put on” each and every day.  The one day you don’t or are lacking in any one area, you can bet the enemy is watching and waiting to take you down.  When King David put off his armor and returned to his palace, he was in greater danger than when he was on the battlefield (2 Sam. 11). We are never out of reach of Satan’s devices, so we must never be without the whole armor of God.

 He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle. Isaiah 59:17

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