Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17 NIV84)
Oh, how I cherish this Bible verse!
Just one question: what are we fighting against in God’s name that we need His armor? Let’s consult the neighboring verse:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12 NIV84)
This isn’t about a struggle against your neighbor, against religious persecutors. It’s not even against those who blaspheme against the name of the Holy Spirit. We all unite to fight against evil. Isn’t that what should always be defeated in the end? On the final day, it will be. That will be a cause for which I can only hope to give my all.
On my warrior, my strongest armor is probably the shield of faith. My weakest armor is probably the breastplate of righteousness, because, let’s face it: I’m far from perfect. But that’s why God gave us mercy and sent Jesus.
Where in your life have you needed the armor of God? Where is your armor strongest? Weakest?