The Power of Grace Ministries

December 20

The enemy knows our weaknesses; we show them to him all the time when we allow natural things to disturb us. Whether it is temptations, or all out attacks, when we find ourselves in a battle we must remember that the battle belongs to the Lord. By taking up the whole armor of God, not just pick and choosing, but put on the whole armor then we can stand regardless of what the enemy throws at us or who he uses to do the throwing.

Ephesians 6:13-14,
13 therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 

                Paul has already told us to put on the whole armor of God in verse 11, and this time he not only tells us again, but goes further to explain why. We are fighting spirits in a spiritual battle and our natural carnal defenses and weapons will not hold up in this battle. You can never live right enough, work hard enough, or follows the rules close enough to have the armor and weapons necessary to battle Satan and his evil ones. We need to also keep in mind that Paul is relating to born-again believers that saw with their own eyes how the mighty warriors of the Roman Empire dressed and fought. They were not a mighty nation by accident and by relating to their armaments; Paul is better able to explain what type of God’s armor is needed. We live in the evil day and have been since the days of John the Baptist, Matthew 11:12, as spoken of by Jesus. God’s children are called to be meek not weak.

                “And having done all to stand”, is actually a command, not just a simple passing statement. In God’s army, the only losers are the ones that do not get back up when they fall down. Our walk is not one of perfection without its own failures and short comings. As I have said before, if we could do this on our own then Jesus died in vain. Verse 13 also implies that if we do fail and get knocked down it is because we did not have on the whole armor of God. We were not using all of the armor of God available to us. Notice also, that the whole armor of God verses 14-18 is more than just protection in which to stand still and let the enemy wear himself out on us until he falls down from exhaustion. The word does not say stand still and not fight, it says having done all to stand, stand therefore. Paul is telling us that in spiritual warfare, after we have done all we can to put on the whole armor of God, to trust it and stand in the battle. Christians are more often willing to put on their helmet of salvation and then do the poke and run. They will poke at the devil with a few words of God and when he roars, they run holding on to their salvation helmet. Remember back in verse 12, you are in a wrestling match and the enemy wants your life. Even in the natural, if it comes to a life and death situation a person will fight with all they have. They will strive to not go down. Our spiritual battle must have the same level of tenacity. The armor of God is not just protection to wear; it is only complete when we use it including the accompanying weapons. There are actually seven pieces, but eight aspects of God’s armor in verses 14-18 and most people including me, for a long time, only saw the seven. Five are defensive and two are for offence. We see the belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, and helmet as the defensive equipment, and we see the sword and prayer for offence, but we miss verse 11 & 13 which is preparation. None of the other pieces of armor can function in their fullest capacity if the user has not prepared themselves with the proper study and training of the armor. Before David went into battle against Goliath, he first put on Saul’s armor, but quickly took it off as it did not fit him and he had not previously tried it.

                Verse 14 tells us to gird our waist with truth. In Paul’s day men often wore tunics and the soldiers sometimes wore something similar to a Kilt. During a battle or field event, the men would gird their waist, or tuck their clothing up under their belt so they would not get tangled up in their own clothing. This is similar to us going into spiritual battle with all kinds of fleshly junk and non-truths hanging all around us in our minds with which we get tangled up in. We are to wrap ourselves up in God’s truth. Truth about who we are, who He is, and the full authority we have, and the thoughts He has toward us. We have to know the word for ourselves. In Greco wrestling, the opponents would try to control each other by pulling on the belt, and if a belt was to come off, that person lost the match. Satan only has lies and deceit as weapons to remove our belt, but John 14:6 tells us Jesus is the truth. We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and let Him and His truth gird our waist.

                The bible tells us there are two types of righteousness, man’s and God’s. First we must understand that man’s righteousness is as filthy rags in God’s sight. (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10, Psalms 14:3 & 53:3) Secondly and most importantly we must realize that with our heart one believes unto righteousness. Romans 10:10-11. God’s righteousness is our breastplate and we receive this at salvation. In the Roman army a soldier would never be without his breastplate. It was the single most important piece of equipment for hand-to-hand combat as it protects all of the vital organs. Interesting point is the breastplate was always securely attached to the solders belt as was his sword. Our breastplate of righteousness can only be held securely in place by the belt of truth.