Put on your armor (1)
Let’s take a look at the six pieces of God’s armor described by Paul in Ephesians 6:14-17. The first three are things we wear all the time. The last three are things we pick up as needed for the moment.
Let’s check out the first three:
1) The belt of truth. ‘Stand your ground, putting on the full belt of truth…’ (Ephesians 6:14 NLT). During World War II, a plane flew many miles past its destination because the crew didn’t realize they had a strong tail wind and refused to believe what the plane’s instruments were telling them. All on board died. Sadly, when the plane was found years later the instruments were still in perfect working order. God’s Word is your unbreakable instrument panel. Read it daily. Believe it no matter what your senses or the devil may be telling you.
2) The breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate covers your heart, which must beat in sync with God’s Word. When it doesn’t, God sets off a warning beeper that something’s wrong – it’s not wise to ignore those signals.
3) The shoes of peace. Shoes mean that you’re going somewhere. Don’t expect to hear from God if you never move off the same spot. When you move ahead for God He confirms you’re going in the right direction by the peace He gives you. That puts a firm foundation under you. But why does God say, ‘Stand firm’ instead of ‘Go fight? ‘Because the battle has already been won! We’re not fighting for victory, but from victory. Jesus has already conquered the big three – the world, the flesh and the devil. All we’re doing is cleaning up!
‘PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD…’ EPHESIANS 6:11 NAS