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Weekly Devotion: Don the Armor of God, Ephesians 6:10-24
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In Ephesians 6, verses 10-14, the apostle Paul calls for Christians to be aware of and stand strong against the schemes of the devil, the evil day, and the time of special spiritual pressure. He recognized that, as Christians, we lack stability given all that draws our attention to the secular world: school shootings, wars, rumors of wars, the economy, the political arena just to name a few attractors on the world stage. Add to those concerns about family, jobs, income, health, loved ones, security and it’s easy to understand why we lack the stability Paul recognized.

Paul notes (Ephesians 6:12) that our struggle is not against flesh and blood. It is a battle for attention, to divert our minds from the face of our God.

Beginning in verse 14, Paul lists the five parts of defensive armor one needs to survive the spiritual battle. The belt reminds us to speak the truth while we resist both lies and false doctrine. The breastplate of righteousness covers both the front and back of the torso so that we are blameless before God. Roman boots during that period of history were equipped with cleats allowing soldiers to stand fast during battle. Likewise, our boots should allow us to avoid distractions and selfishness. The fourth piece is the protective shield of our faith protecting us from doubts and discouragement. The helmet of salvation is to defend the most significant part of the body and a gift resulting from history’s greatest sacrifice.

Martin Luther penned a description of the battle in his famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,”

For still our ancient foe

Doth seek to work us woe;

His craft and power are great.

And, armed with cruel hate,

On earth is not his equal.

The Prince of Darkness grim,

We tremble not for him;

His rage we can endure.

For lo, his doom is sure;

Our little world shall fell him.

Don the armor of God to stand strong against and during life’s trials.

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