Paul reminds me. I am at war. It is an ongoing war. It doesn’t stop.
Who is the enemy? The enemy is the Devil, the evil one. His mission, as described by Jesus, is to kill, steal and destroy.
The good news is that God has given me weapons. I have to learn how to use them. They each serve a different purpose.
- The belt of truth buckled around your waist.
- The breastplate of righteousness in place.
- Feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the good news of peace.
- The shield of faith,with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
- The helmet of salvation.
- The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The purpose of God’s weapons is to keep me in the battle, alive and standing. The weapons are also there for my brothers and sisters.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the good news of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Source: Ephesians 6:13-18
I love this from “The 300”. One of my favorite movie scenes. “What is your Profession”
And so … I put on the whole armor of God!