Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. – Ephesians 6:13
As a child in Bible class, I memorized the verses in Ephesians 6 about the armor of God. I recall lessons about each piece: salvation, truth, righteousness, peace, faith, the Word of God, and prayer.
But I never considered that this armor is not only “of God” in that it is from him, but “of God” in that it belonged to him also. It was utilized by Jesus himself.
To effectively live a sinless life, Jesus shielded himself with the Word of God and prayer. He wielded truth and righteousness. He girded himself with faith and peace.
And so must we, every day. Without each essential piece of our armor, we could enter our daily activities unprotected.
Recently, I’ve been praying that Holy Spirit would help me put on the piece of armor representing truth – not necessarily that I wouldn’t lie, but that I would live my life with integrity, with no need to hide anything.
Provide things honest in the sight of all men. – Romans 12:17b
As a blogger, parent, and teacher, it can be difficult at times to live out the topics I study and share. For instance, I might write about being a peacemaker one day, and the next day, be anything but peaceful with my husband.
Or, though I recognize how essential a close relationship with God is, I might make an excuse for missing quiet time with him.
Not exactly an honest way to live, is it? But my lack of consistency certainly keeps me humble and dependent upon the Lord.
As Paul said, “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.” (Romans 7:15)
I’m glad Paul could relate!
But he didn’t stop there. He said in the following chapter, Romans 8, that the Holy Spirit can help us overcome our sin, if we allow him to.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. – Romans 8:13
That process occurs one day at a time, beginning each morning when we suit up with the whole armor of God.
What piece of spiritual armor do you find most essential? I welcome your thoughts in the comments.