Can you imagine a professional basketball player heading into a championship game in shoes much too small for him? Or purposefully a donning a pair two or three sizes larger than his feet?

It wouldn’t make sense.

A young shepherd we find in the Old Testament, David, reached a similar conclusion. Before going up against Goliath, the giant and Philistine war champion, he was urged to try on King Saul’s armor. So cumbersome and unfamiliar to him were the king’s instruments for battle that Scripture records, “David girded his sword over his [Saul’s] armor and tried to walk…” (I Samuel 17:39)

It wasn’t a fit.

God granted David with insight that Saul’s armor wasn’t supposed to fit him. In fact, he wasn’t to engage with so much as a sword. The Lord would deliver Goliath into David’s hand without the trappings of man-made battle gear. (I Samuel 17:41-50).

You may be wondering what on earth this has to do with you. The answer is plenty if you trust in the Living God that David came to know and love. We see why in Ephesians 6:10-18, where Christ followers are instructed to put on “the whole armor of God.”

Unlike Saul’s armor on a youth, the armor of God is not ill fitting or cumbersome—it fits each believer perfectly!

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of the darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

Stand firm, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

And take the helmet or salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit…

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This isn’t a call to a limited number of believers in Christ. It’s for every one of us who have been rescued from darkness and brought into God’s marvelous light. No matter your age, health, successes, failures, personality, or whatever.

Our King has equipped us with everything needed for every spiritual battle we face (remembering that spiritual campaigns may also affect us physically). Yet, like a battle-ready solider, we also must prepare.

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Trust your King;

Know His armor; and

Pray that full armor on daily (because when don’t we need it?)

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I think it’s safe to say that if we aren’t conscientiously putting on the full armor of God, it’s likely we’re subconsciously putting on some other kind: that which will prove ineffective and ultimately harmful. A piece of self-sufficiency here, trust in education, skills or abilities there…

Not only do we need to put on the correct armor, we must ensure we’re engaging in the correct battle.

As we just read in Ephesians 6:12, our struggles are not against flesh and blood (people), but a host of spiritual beings and powers. We need to affix the armor God has provided for our spiritual battles and never lose sight of the fact that,  while people are not guilt-free in regard to their sin, they are not the enemy.

They are the spiritual prisoners of war.

How often I see believers who are “marching in the name of Jesus” to the wrong battlefield—with a mindset wholly different than His! One in particular occasionally looks back at me from the mirror.

Jesus did not view people as targets, and neither should we.

In His holiness, He hated their sin. In His mercy, He loved them enough to teach truth and go to the cross for them.

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Dear brothers and sisters, we are to be “armored up” and engaging in the Spirit to carry out our assigned mission:

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (I Peter 2:9)

This includes the apostle Paul’s rallying cry to Timothy and, by extension, all believers in Christ:

… I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… (I Timothy 2:1-4)

If you spend time in Ephesians 6:10-18 (and yes, it’s always good to take in context), you’ll see this call of putting on the whole armor of God is for anyone who has placed his or her trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin. If this is true of you, that spiritual armor is vital, a blessing to yourself and others, and a gloriously perfect fit.

June

June

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