All God’s warriors are on their knees seeking protection before they start their day. God Bless our Military and Law Enforcement Officers out there that are working diligently to protect us from harm. God bless the people that pray earnestly each morning for their protection against mental, physical and spiritual attacks from the evil one. Wear your Armor with honor and faith. Be free from any form of fear. Fear is not from God but from Satan. We are soldiers for Christ and we will remain steadfast until the Lord returns.
As a spiritual army, we have the greatest Commander-in-Chief possible, God the Father. He has called us, drafted us, into His army to fight against our three great enemies. God is able to “supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). He has not left us defenseless, unable to fight against our foes. He has given us the most powerful force in the universe, His Spirit, which is available to us at all times. Since the time we became Christian soldiers at baptism, we have been infused with it. We are admonished to “stir up the gift of God, which is in [us] by the putting on of…hands” (II Tim. 1:6) which are not “the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (vs. 7). We can never allow our supply lines to this power to be cut off.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. The LORD looks from heaven; He beholds all the sons of men. From the place of His habitation, He looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashions their hearts alike; He considers all their works. There is no king saved by the multitude of a host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. A horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD: He is our help and our shield” (Psa. 33:12-20)
As long as we strive to obey and please God, we need not fear. It is not a question of whether we will win the war, but rather when. Keeping a right heart, a right attitude, along with remaining close to and in contact with the Captain of our salvation, assures our protection from the enemy (Psa. 34:7).
Like any good battlefield commander, Christ has thoroughly equipped His army with tried and tested battle gear. It is essential that you know what each piece of this armor is and what it is used for, and to never go into battle without it. Neglecting or forgetting any part will leave you exposed and unprotected.
Through Paul, we are urged to put on the armor of God—also called the “armor of light” (Rom. 13:12)—in order to fight and prevail in this spiritual battle. Consider: “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…Wherefore take unto you 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 your loins girt about with truth.” ( Ephesians 6:10-17.)
Truth refers to the inspired Word of God. Christ plainly stated that God’s Word is the truth (John 17:17). This is a critical piece of the Christian’s armor. Through the Bible, the true God is revealed to us. We know that He is the Creator of all that is and that He and Jesus Christ currently constitute the God Family, into which we can be born. We know about the Sabbath and Holy Days. Through God’s Word, we have the knowledge of His plan of Salvation. We also know the true Jesus Christ, who is our Savior, High Priest, Elder Brother and soon-coming King. Because God opened our minds to understand His Word, we have been freed from the false, Satan-inspired pagan customs, traditions and holidays of this world.
Having our loins “girt” with the truth protects and insulates us from the fiery darts of the devil. Truth must be firmly secured about our waist—attached to it is the breastplate of righteousness and hanging from it is the sword of the Spirit. Losing any part of the truth leaves the breastplate of righteousness loose and allows the sword of the Spirit to fall on the ground. If this happens, we are leaving ourselves exposed to fatal injury.
The Breastplate of Righteousness is obedience to God’s commandments (Psa. 119:172), which brings automatic blessings and protection from God. In ancient warfare, soldiers wore breastplates to protect the heart. Recall that modern-day soldiers wear flak jackets for the same reason. Similarly, when a Christian incorporates God’s Law into his mind—his “heart,” the seat of his emotions and desires—his motives will be based on love toward God and neighbor, and he will be protected from the way of sin (Psa. 119:1-3, 10, 28-40, 97-110, 112). Keeping God’s Law means that we are always in close contact with Him, and are able to draw strength from His Spirit (Acts 5:32). Living according to the Law ensures our spiritual vitality. Christ clearly stated, “If you will enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt. 19:17).
The Gospel of Peace is the GOOD NEWS of the soon-coming, world-ruling kingdom of God—to be established when Christ returns as King of kings and Lord of lords, bringing true and lasting peace to a tired, dying, hopeless world. The gospel provides a solid footing, allowing us to dig our heels in and stand our ground against our three foes (self, society, and Satan). History has shown that whenever Christians traded the true gospel for a false one, the kingdom of God was no longer their focus, and they soon accepted a cancerous body of heresies in place of God’s truth. The gospel proclaimed by Christ is a message of hope serving to strengthen our legs as we actively support the Work in carrying it to the world (Rom. 10:15). And as the children of God, who have been called to peace (I Cor. 7:15), we need never worry, be unsettled or have our resolve weakened by world events.
The Shield of Faith is the faith of Jesus Christ, which we can have within us (Gal. 2:20; Rev. 14:12; Phil. 3:9)—not just our own human, physical faith, which will wax and ebb. Faith is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). And it is this faith—Christ’s faith within us—that enables us to conquer and overcome. We will have full assurance in the promises of God. We will have total belief that what He says He will do, He does.
This faith will see us through the many trials and temptations that Satan throws in our path. This shield of faith provides the cover we need. It is a defensive weapon that grows ever larger and stronger with diligent use, eventually covering our entire body.
The Helmet of Salvation is the knowledge of what salvation is, what it involves, how to achieve it, what it is all about—the purpose of human life. It is the knowledge of the right and true goal, and the awesome potential—the ultimate destiny—of mankind. It is the incredible, inspiring knowledge that we can be BORN INTO—become full members of—the God Family. Being armed with this helmet guards us against the blows of the enemy. It protects against the feelings of doubt and depression that Satan desperately wants to inject into our minds, in an all-out effort to cause us to give up. Without this vital knowledge, he could deliver blow after blow. Without the helmet of salvation, we will fail to remember why we were born—and we will also forget what we are fighting for! Knowing that we have salvation waiting for us at the end of the war, we can have the strength and determination to see the battle through to the very end.
The Sword of the Spirit is the written Word of God. This is the only offensive weapon a Christian has in fighting the devil and his devices (Heb. 4:12). While it may appear to be the same as being girded with the truth, it is slightly different. Hanging from the truth—all of God’s Word—it is drawn from it, cutting the enemies’ strategies and tactics to pieces. Knowing the whole counsel of God allows us to pull passages from the Bible to deftly wield as a sword, cutting through the lies, falsehoods, feelings of doubt, depression and cunning deceits of our foes. With it, we can also deflect whatever is thrown at us and deal deadly blows to our enemies (Matt. 4:1-11). Every soldier of Christ must master the use of this weapon, keeping it firmly in hand.
The best ending to all of this hatred and war, is GOD WINS!
By Tamera Boynton