In Ephesians 6:13-17, Paul has a word for believers in regards to resisting the enemy,
“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after battle you will be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
These spiritual references must be key to survival and victory in this life - belts, shoes, shields, helmets, swords - because these things come from God to help us.
We need a belt of truth to help us in times when we face the untruths of the world. We know that the things of this world aren’t the truths for our lives, and at times they can sneak into our beliefs and attack us from the inside, out. Culture and ungodly friends surround us every day, and I know firsthand of the stealthiness and pressure of conformity. A belt holds it all together, and holds anything else out! We are able to stand firm in the truth of God.
The shoes of peace guard us with our purpose. Sharing the message of Christ should be what spurs us daily, and we should be running to do the will of God! Sometimes, we may be lacing up the wrong kind of kicks and running of with feet of justice, vengeance, or personal opinions. Remember that justice is the Lord’s, and Jesus’ love is the greatest attribute we have!
We also have a shield of faith to protect us against the devil. Notice that Paul says to “hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery darts of the devil.” This means that in faith we continue, knowing that God will defend us. But we have to hold up the shield.
It’s not enough to just have it by our side. If we don’t use it, then how will we know of it’s strength? How will we know what it is capable of? Our faith grows as we depend on the unfailing power of God!
Next, the helmet. The helmet is of salvation; and in war, there is a price for every one of our heads. Seriously, whenever David took out Goliath in the Old Testament, he didn’t just slay him with a stone, but he took off his head to show the people that the giant was out for the count. Jesus has paid a price for us, and no one has a right to what he has claimed for His own.
Finally, we have the sword of the Spirit. Hebrews 4:12 says, “the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than a two edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.”
This is some heavy-duty weaponry. And this is what God arms us with! He gives us the ability to do extraordinary things when we trust in Him and His word.
We can move mountains.
We can defeat giants.
We can do miraculous things.
Remember that God loves us so much that He gave the life of His son for us, and now we are His children. God will do amazing things for those who love Him. Jesus said this:
“You fathers - if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” Luke 11:11-13.
God will protect you and give you the strength to fight against the struggle!