10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
Paul tells us plainly to be strong “in the Lord and in the strength of His might”. God conquered sin and the grave, we did not. Without God, we can’t win. On our own, we are helpless and worthy of wrath. But through God we are made righteous. Jesus’s death on the cross made a way for us to be made holy. But this is only though God, and not through what we do or don’t do.
Being a Christian doesn’t exempt of from temptation. That is why we have to continually remind ourselves about what God has done for us. When Paul tells us to put on the full armor of God, he is reinforcing that this is an active thing we have to do, not passive. We have to think everyday about the decision we’re making and whether they are reflect Christ or the world. Just because we know Jesus doesn’t mean we make the proper decision by default, we have to stand on guard and actively make the choice to follow Jesus.
We are told of the belt of truth, representing the truth of God made known by His scripture. Truths like the love of God, salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, and forgiveness of sin. We’re told of the breastplate of righteousness. This breastplate protects our hearts from evil. It is from the righteousness of God, not ourselves. Paul also tells us about the shoes of the gospel. As Christians it is our job take the gospel and share wherever we go. With these shoes, we can march where the Lord leads us and take the gospel there. We’re told of the shield of faith. When Satan attacks with doubts, the shield of faith turns aside the blow. We’re told of the helmet of salvation. In our minds, we can live knowing that because of Jesus, we are sure of our salvation and our status as citizens of Heaven. Lastly, we’re told of the sword of the spirit. This is the only weapon listed in the armor of God. God has equipped with the Holy Spirit, and given us His holy word. Through the power of God, we can use this to bring light to the darkness.
Are you putting on the full armor of God daily?
Are you finding your strength in the Lord and what He’s done, or in yourself?