The Full Armor of God
On occasion I actually remember the Armor of God only works when all the parts are put in their proper place. If one piece is out of balance, well, it is highly ineffective. Sure a piece here, a piece there will assist our walk, but it will not offer the full protection of our Lord, Christ Jesus.
When I put this website together I wanted the first thing people encountered to be “Today’s Armor” as a reminder to suit-up for the day! Since we do battle every moment of everyday it may be important to have as many reminders as we can get. Over the years it has become painfully obvious that we are slow to learn and quick to forget.
Just as we built this website in a particular order Paul describes the Armor of God in the order that builds an impenetrable defense for our lives. It’s no accident Paul begins with the “belt” of Truth and describes it as “having girded your waist with truth”.
According to Merriam-Webster “gird” is defined as:
a: to encircle or bind with a flexible band (such as a belt)
b: to make (something, such as clothing or a sword ) fast or secure (as with a cord or belt)
In order for us to move closer to God, be a reflection of Jesus Christ and have our heart and soul filled with the Holy Spirit we must bind our lives with the Truth, the Way and the Life. Otherwise, the other pieces of Armor have nothing to hold them together.
Paul describes the full Armor of God in such a beautiful way…
Ephesians 6 NKJV
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness 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.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.