Devotional | Armour of God
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes." (Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV)
Where does your protection come from?
Read Ephesians 6:10-20
I recently discovered that I had been reading this passage of scripture all wrong. I had started at "Finally, be strong", skipped the bit about "in the Lord and in his mighty power" and then carried on to read about the armour, somehow assuming that I had to make each piece and put it on all by myself. It may sound absurd, but I'll explain. You see, as I read Ephesians 6, God revealed to me that I had been trying to be strong on my own and I had been using my own self-protection methods, my own armour.
In life, we all get hurt, and a natural way to deal with it is to think, "I must protect myself from this. I must make sure this doesn't happen again." We can easily harden our hearts and create our own version of truth to support this defensive way of living, eg. "I can't trust anyone because they will just betray me." I would love to go into pages of detail but here's just one example: Father showed me that where I saw flaws or failures in myself, I was trying to figure out ways of fixing it, of making myself a better person. I was using my intellect to figure out ways to save myself. But Paul gives a better solution, the helmet of salvation, which shows that I don't have to figure out a way of fixing myself, because I am already proven good enough and saved by Jesus!
Ephesians 6:10-20 shows that the real battle in life isn't against other people, or even against ourselves, but against Satan and his evil schemes. And the best way to keep ourselves protected is through fully grasping and even wearing truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the Word of God.
Take time this week to look through each piece of armour, and ask Holy Spirit where you've created your own self-protection, instead of letting the mighty and powerful God be your protector.