Day 9

Day 9

Read: Ephesians 6:13-17
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

Reflect:
As I recently watched a movie about an elite United Stated military strike force battling a drug cartel, the thing that captured my attention was their preparation. Before entering into battle they were incredibly prepared, down to the smallest detail. Their equipment and weaponry was state of the art and their ability to communicate direction, location and detail while in the midst of battle was so far superior to their adversaries that the battle quickly became a mismatch. I am hard pressed to not think some of those same thoughts were going through Paul’s mind when he described an elite Roman soldier’s state of the art armor in Ephesians 6. Like the US military the Roman soldier’s equipment was far ahead of its time, and like the US military, it made fighting them a losing proposition in most battles. I believe that is why Paul described the armor of God like a Roman soldier’s. If we are geared up correctly we are an impossible foe for hell, but if we are not then we, like any soldier without the right gear, are in deep trouble.

The armor found in Ephesians 6 is for the most part defensive and protective, but the one offensive weapon Paul describes is “The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Now if I was in a battle, and like you I am, I most definitely wouldn’t want to face the enemy with nothing but defensive armor and no weapon to strike back. Yet many of us live like this daily, never opening the Bible or taking time to get equipped. Then we complain that hell is a fierce foe and an unbeatable enemy who has released a torrent of destruction on our world, very much like the people who lived in the small town in Mexico where this drug cartel operated from. They were no match for these guys. They had no weapons, no training and no clue how to fight, but once this strike force showed up this “fierce enemy” was quickly subdued. This, my friends, is how spiritual warfare is supposed to take place.We get trained in the Word of God. We are equipped with the truth and strengthened by His Spirit so our faith level is high. My faith is my defense against the lies of hell and the Word of God is my weapon to destroy his works. Today resolve to embrace His Word at a new level, a level that will protect you and those around you from the lies of the enemy.

Pray:
Father, give me a hunger to study your Word, to spend time in your presence and to allow you to equip me for battle.