Every Christian needs to wear the full armor of God. God’s word tells us clearly that for every one in the body of Christ, this is the only armor that can and will protect from the evil days.
Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God”. It means to put on the “full” armor of God and not just a part of it. It we leave any one part off, the devil would hit us right in that place. The enemy is looking for whom he may devour. Therefore, we need to put on the full armor of God.
There are six pieces of equipment in this armor.
First, the girdle of truth
Second, the breastplate of righteousness
Third, the shoes of the preparation of the gospel
Fourth, the shield of faith
Fifth, the helmet of salvation
Sixth, the sword of the Spirit
1 John 4:4 says, “ You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
1 John 5:19 says, “We know that we are of God and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one”.
John repeatedly says, that every believer should know he is of God and needs to distinguish himself from the fact that he does not belong to the wicked one. Satan exercises dominion over the world as its ruler. The enemy does not take a break. He is continually at work and that is why there is not a single place in Scripture where it tells us we can take the armor off. We have to put on the armor of God all the time to stand against the schemes of the devil in every place.
One thing God has assured that His peace will be with us. Isaiah 54:10 says, “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, But my kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall “My covenant” of peace be removed,” Says the Lord who has mercy on you.” Peace of God is a great weapon against the power of the enemy. This peace is something we experience even in the midst of the greatest battle.
We will know the greatest peace even in the midst of the greatest battle, but there is no time we should ever let our guard down or remove our armor. Armor of God is not just protection that we have come up with human ability. It is something that God Himself has given us. This weapon will fully protect us in this life and from any weapon that is formed against us.
Paul says in Ephesians 6:11, “Therefore, take up the full armor of God…” When we see the word “therefore” we need to understand what it is there for. The answer is found in the previous scripture, which says, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heaven lies.” It is because we are involved in this life and death struggle with the evil spirit forces of Satan’s kingdom that we owe it to ourselves to put on the full armor of God.
Paul says in vs. 11 and vs. 13, “Put on the full armor of God.” The reason why Paul admonishes us to put on the full armor of God is so that we may be able to resist in the evil day, and having dome everything to stand firm. Standing firm is very significant. We are supposed to stand and stand firm. This armor does not cover our back which means we are to progress in the forward direction.
We can stand against the schemes of the devil. Note the phrase, “evil day”. Paul is not referring to any day in particular, although some disasters will take place in the last days. Paul talks about something that every Christian will go through. There will be times when his faith will be challenged and he must confront the forces of the evil.
Is there a need to face the evil day? Yes, in fact, it is not an option but a certainty. We will not escape the evil day but we have to go through the evil day.
May the Lord help us put on the whole armor of God always in Jesus name. Amen.