This is a series originally published in 2014
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Today we are going to begin a multipart devotional series on the Armor of God; this passage is found in Ephesians Chapter 6. We will look at where we get the armor, why we need it, and the various pieces of it.
Today will just be a brief discussion of the source of the armor. It’s pretty simply, really; we refer to it as the Armor of God. It is not our own personal protective suit, but His.
We are fighting an enemy, Satan, who we will discuss in a later devotional. The Armor of God is an illustration of how we can fight that battle and win. The key issue for today is who’s Armor do we wear?
Verse 10 of our text lays it out quite clearly. We are not told to be tough guys and run out and confront Satan using the strength of our own powers. God does not just save us then throw us on the front line of combat with the enemy. We are to “be strong In the Lord, and in the power of His might.”
That should provide us great comfort in our daily lives. We can rest knowing that, even though we fight a battle daily against an enemy far stronger than us, we do not have to rely on ourselves. We know that, if we did, we would surely lose; if fact, we lose daily when we try to fight our daily struggle against sin under our own strength.
Turn the battle over to God and use the tools He has given us. Be strong in Him and His power and we can win!