There’s an Order to the Armor
April 19, 2020 (Post #36)
(From Journal #3: October 31, 2005)
As Christians, we so often talk about “putting on the armor of God” but You showed me that the armor has an order to it. First, there must be truth. Then we need righteousness, which cannot exist without truth. And our feet cannot support truth or righteousness without the readiness that only comes from the gospel of peace. If truth, righteousness and peace aren’t in place, I cannot effectively raise the shield of faith or wield the sword of the Spirit.
I’ve been trying to use my sword and shield without having the foundation of my armor in peace. Without my belt of truth, I don’t even see the true enemy. Without righteousness, I cannot operate in obedience and love. Without my feet ready to stand firm on the gospel of peace, I will only have strife, fear and unbelief. How could I possibly have a sword that is sharp and effective without faith, or a shield of faith without my body armor?
The belt, breastplate and shoes are body armor. The shield and the sword are weapons of war. The helmet of salvation protects our minds as we boldly stand in the authority of Jesus and on His Word. I must be sure to “cover” and protect my body with truth, righteousness, and peace before I take my weapons into battle.
Ephesians 6:10-18: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 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, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—