The Scripture: Ephesians 6: 13-18
“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”
Our Nation was known as a Nation that stood as one nation under God spreading the gospel around the world; the good message of Jesus the Savior. The hearers of the word excitedly adorned themselves with the uniform of our faith. Proudly we wore the helmet of Salvation and breastplate of righteousness. After all, the freedom we felt from the weight of sin gave us a heart of Thankfulness and Joy. Is that enough? Ephesians 6 says to put on the FULL armor of God. It takes the Full armor of God to stand your ground. Then once you have done all that to prepare to stand, stand against evil when the day comes. Well, sounds simple, right! Why does the suite get baggie after a while?
“Stand firm, then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,”
As the Bride of Christ, you have been given living truth to save souls from an eternal debt. This truth must be buckled into your belief system so pride does not puff you up. A truth that will anchor you, your family and friends from trickery, deception or distort our image of righteousness through Christ. Our walk deserves a little synch now and then realigning our garment for the proper fit.
“and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
The Bride of Christ’s feet are adorned with readiness of beauty of her engagement to the Bridegroom. Sending out invitation to the come to His banqueting table radiates sparkles from the soul(sole) covering footwear worn as the foundational accessory for each members of the church of God. When was the last time your wedding shoes were polished? Are you standing on memories of yesterday or of years past?
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
When taking your stand, flaming arrows may have chipped or dented your faith by the testing of our commitment. The battle field rumbled the very foundation of our beliefs and the zealous new nature slanting our image of self. If we hold on to our shield for protection hoping to hold on to the end. Will I be satisfied with that? Should I be satisfied with that? listen to the next verse.
“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
For the battle worn Christian, assaulting the enemy with the word of God, we are instructed to listen to the word of our salvation with ears of ownership building ourselves up in our faith. Trade in your used up shield of faith for a new one. Don’t be tricked into a almost like new refurbished one. Nothing but genuine parts for your commission Dressed Blues of honor; wear it proudly without regrets. Shine and polish up the treasure that shod your feet for the gospel once again enjoying the freshness of his touch and that joy of ushering someone into the Kingdom of God. Remember how that felt? Reorganize your battlefield with the simple act of praying in his presence interceding for every member of the body of Christ. Cry out for the lost souls no matter if you favor them or not, God does! Special intelligence works under the radar providing viable information. Remember, the best gatekeeper is the one who see all then takes it to the King!