Paul’s Message to Believers about God’s Armor
Paul tells Christians that our struggle is not with people, but, “…against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
He also says I need to put on all the armor of God so I can stand firm when the enemy sends his attacks my way. This armor will help me keep from walking in fear and allow me to become more confident in walking in faith.
Struggles Are Real
For several weeks, I struggled with how to present this series. I wrote at least six different articles, yet none of them seem to have any umph. I turned something in even though it didn’t feel right. After asking Alynda a series of questions, time in prayer, and more discussion, a decision was made on how to proceed in the direction God appeared to be leading.
Yay. All is well. I can rework the introduction. I had my mojo back, until…
My autistic son had a major melt down like he’s not had in nearly a year. Our exchange student, who is also the spectrum, was getting angry over homework. My daughter-in-law texted me to send encouragement to my son, only to find out a little while later he had been electrocuted but was okay.
Needless to say, it was an eventful evening. I became fearful, frustrated, and frazzled. In a matter of a few hours, the enemy had begun an all-out assault on me, using my kids.
I cried at the thought of what could have been. Yet, I praised God for His miraculous faithfulness. I prayed thanking Him for being there for my son. I worshiped Him with tears of joy, as I listened to songs that minister to my heart.
If I didn’t have God’s armor on, I know I would have been an emotional wreck. Screaming at the boys and fussing at God for my son almost dying.
Neither show any faith.
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Let me give a disclaimer. I am not saying everything that happens to a Christian is due to satanic influence or oppression. I do not think a demon is behind every situation. Christians sin and therefore receive consequence for sin.
I am saying the enemy will try to get us off track by causing a battle with another person. The enemy uses this tactic to derail and keep us from accomplishing God’s plan. Yet if we have on God’s armor, we can be assured the enemy will not overtake us.
Six Elements of God’s Armor
There are six elements to the armor. I will explain how Roman soldiers used each piece then how Christians are to use them.
First is the belt of truth. We must know God’s word, His instructions, promises, and warnings if we want to avoid living in fear of failure.
Second is the breastplate of righteousness. If we can begin to comprehend the love God has for us, we won’t have to be fearful of not being loved.
Third is the shoes of the gospel of peace. These shoes help us stand firm and not fear rejection.
Fourth is the shield of faith. This piece will help us put an end to the fear of change.
Fifth is the helmet of salvation. Our minds need to be guarded against the fear of not being good enough.
Sixth piece of armor is the sword of the Spirit. Without our swords, we are defenseless and become an easy target for fearfulness, (”What if this? What if that?”) leaving us paralyzed, and no good to God or anyone else.
Buckle up and get ready for an action packed adventure as we learn to use the Armor of God to conquer fear.