Read: Ephesians 6:12-18
As I peruse through our GBC Advance plan I happen to notice under Operations Priorities one of the items listed was “To provide adequate and God-called pastors and staff to ‘equip the saints’ for the work of the ministry at GBC.” So my mind immediately went to Ephesians 4:12 “to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,” which is good instruction for all of us. So as my mind began to wonder about this, God took me to another Ephesian passage that if we were going to equip, how do we do it, and there was no better answer then putting on the full armor of God.
As we think about this battle we are in on a daily basis remember we are fighting against enemies in the spirit world; and for that battle we need special equipment, specifically designed for both offense and defense, and God has provided that for us. We call it the whole armor of God. The girdle of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit. Paul told us to put it on so that we could withstand Satan. It is surely by faith that we do this, knowing that Christ has already won the victory. “If God is for us who can be against us, greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” Knowing that God has already conquered Satan, and that the spiritual armor and weapons are available, it is by faith we accept what God gives us and go out to meet the foe.
King David was never more vulnerable than when he took off his armor and after leaving the battlefield and returning to the palace. We are never out of reach of Satan’s devices, so we must never be without the whole armor of God.
Father, Let me understand the importance of faith in my life. Let me, through faith, put and keep on the full armor of God. Let me never forget we are in a spiritual battle that I cannot fight by myself, but through the power of the Holy Spirit the victory is already mine. All I have to do is just claim it.
In Jesus’ name,