Monday, July 30, 2018, 06:12 PM

How is your armor?

While watching a movie about medieval tournaments with contests like sword fighting and jousting I was drawn to the metal armor that the contestants wore. Helmets and breastplates, arm, leg and foot armor. Even their horses wore protective armor. The metal armor had but one purpose, to protect them from bodily injury. This armor would take constant pounding during tournament after tournament, and over time the metal would wear thin and crack or break, thus losing its full protective capabilities and would need to be repaired or replaced.

This metal armor then is much like the Armor of God that we as warriors for Christ wear. The ‘Belt of Truth, ‘Breastplate of Righteousness’, ‘Sandals of the Gospel of Peace’, ‘Shield of Faith’, ‘Helmet of Salvation’ and ‘Sword of the Spirit’ which is the word of God (from Eph 6). Its purpose is to protect us from spiritual injury.

In the spiritual battles of life, our adversary Satan, is constantly pounding on our armor trying to wear it thin, in hopes of getting it to crack or break. While the Armor of God never loses its power, our use of it can waver. Maybe his pounding has caused us to have doubts in God or in the truth of His word, or doubts in our relationship with God, anything that can wear us down, weaken the use of our armor, and cause it to crack or break. That is his plan because his ultimate goal is to separate us from God. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1Peter 5:8)

So how is your spiritual armor? Is it intact, do you keep it well maintained? Do you wear it every day?  Is it ready for battle? “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  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.” (Eph 6:11-12)

God can renew it, repair it, rebuild it within you, just ask!  “You can ask for anything in My name, and I will do it.” (John 14:13)

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