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The Whole Armour of God: About Ephesians 6




At this point, I don't need convincing to put on the armour of God. If Ephesians 6 hasn't convinced me to do so, for the basic reason of being able to stand firm against the devils tricks, the visit of the devil to Christ after 40 days and 40 nights convinced. To me, that exchange (Matt 4:1-11), tells me a few things that Ephesian 6:10-18 confirms.

The best way to conquer the devil is to prepare for him by wearing the armour of God - truth, righteousness, peace, faith salvation, the word and prayer.

In Matthew, when the devil tried Christ, who was led by the spirit to be tempted by the devil, Christ coming from a place of fasting was alert to the devil and used truth, the word of God readily available on his heart to resist the devils trickery, using words of the bible. Four things here: one, Christ was led by the spirit of God to be tempted, so no one is exempt is exempt from temptation, christ merely showed us how to respond. Two, temptation or even trials aren't always the work of the devil - see also Job, Paul. Three, Jesus was able to respond well because he previously invested time in the word, so he knew truth and could not be deceived by the devil taking the word of God out of context. The word of God has told us (Ephesians 6:12) that what we are against is beyond us, just not beyond him, if we are prepared.


As I read the bible, I realise that the reason i struggle with certain things is because I do not read the Bible. Since I read Acts, my response to trials or hardships is much different. Paul was obedient to all God's commands even when he was warned of the hardship to come. Job stayed true to his father even when his father used him to flex on the devil, he didn't curse his father. Christ, even when obedience to his father meant sacrificing himself , he submitted to the will of his father. Nowhere in the bible does it tell us life will be easy, we will not go through hardships, or we will not be tempted. It in fact tells us the opposite. "Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" (Ephesians 6:13). The bible tells us that we should prepare for the evil that will come, so that we have a fighting chance and afterwards will be better for it.


So what is this armour of God? Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the word and prayer.

Truth: Why is truth important? This world and even our selves will sell us lies. I can't be the only one who can convince themselves to do things - good and bad - or rationalise doing things? In addition, the world has its agenda at any given point and sometimes those things contradict the word of God. We have to be clear on what truth is, so we can hold on to it, stand on it and speak it boldly when needed. We do not want to be deceived by the world and it will deceive us so we have to know what is right and wrong so we know where to stand on each matter.


Righteousness: we covered it in the last post, so I wont rehash it again.


Peace: I will speak for myself here, in case it's unique to my life. I live in a chaotic world. One that attempts to frustrate me often, stretches and challenges me regularly. It can be noisy and consuming, so the ability to centre - not distract myself - is a privilege I do not take for granted. The bible describes the peace of God as one that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). Honestly until I experienced it, it was difficult to imagine. It feels like what i imagine walking on water feels like. That peace will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus the bible says. How? When we are focused on God, our hearts and minds are protected. Automatically we dont attract unclean things and we do not want to be part of unclean things. When I have my eyes focused on God and hide under his wings, I automatically dont do some things and am uninterested in so many things. It should be no surprise then that the result is experiencing God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.


Prayer is a topic on its own, so I'll close with the word. Every single thing we need is in the Bible. It is an all encompassing manual, as long as we read it in context and holistically. The more I read, the more it makes sense. More and more i realise that the things I find difficult to accept are a result of lack of experience. The more life i live, the more I realise God knows best. He is not a mad God, he knows why he says all he does, even when it seems odd to me. It eventually clicks though. Jokes on me for thinking i know more about the world, that the creator of the world.


Until next time, keep us a secret. x

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