Ephesians 6:11-12 - 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Armor is an essential part of any soldier’s arsenal. This was true for the soldiers of Rome and remains the same today. Though the technology of armor has improved, the principle has remained the same: protect the wearer during battle. During Paul’s life he would have seen many Roman soldiers, especially in his later years when he was imprisoned and guarded by them. They primarily wore armor made from strips of iron and leather (lorica segmentata in Latin), a metal helmet, a rectangular shield, a short sword for stabbing and a long spear for throwing. It is noted that the soldiers even carried their weapons during times of peace. They were always ready for battle.
We as Christians are in warfare. It is a spiritual warfare, not against flesh and blood, but against the schemes of the devil, the cosmic powers, and against the spiritual forces of evil. Paul is not calling us to this war but is rather stating it as fact. His desire is for us to be aware of our, very real, spiritual enemies who are under the headship of Satan. All of which are against us and want nothing more than to knock us down against our place of standing. However, God is our protection and our armor.
Notice that in Isaiah 59:17, the Lord is the one who wears the armor. And in Psalm 28:7, David proclaims that the Lord is his strength and shield. This means that the armor of God is from him and it is his armor that we are given. And the schemes of the devil cannot touch us when we stand against them in the power of God. Jesus has won and in him we have victory (Rom. 6:20, Heb. 2:14).
• How does being protected by God make you feel?
• Where in your life are you living in a peace mentality rather than warfare?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for the armor he provides us in Jesus.