“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-18
The Bible commands us to be strong in the Lord. These verses remind us that the Devil exists and he schemes actively. He comes to “kill, steal and destroy!” The good news is God has given us a way to protect ourselves in the midst of this war. In Ephesians 6 we are given the Armor of God to dress ourselves… The question is: Are you putting on the Armor of God daily? Verse 13 starts off with a command, “Therefore put on the FULL Armor of God.” It doesn’t say you are saved through grace and now you will always be automatically dressed in the armor of God! It tells you to put it on, and not just some of it…the “FULL” armor! Let’s take a look at what some of the armor is. First off, the Belt of Truth. Do we speak truth in our lives? Do we rebuke Satan’s lies with the truth we find in the Bible? Secondly, the Breastplate of Righteousness. Righteousness is defined as “acting in accord with moral law; free from guilt.” We, as Christians, should recognize that Christ died for ALL our sins, forgiving us, and washing us clean. Then comes the Gospel of Peace. Do we walk in peace with others? God wants us to not only walk in peace, but to be bearers of peace. Lastly, put on the Shield of Faith. Faith is believing in something you can’t see. Is our faith in God unwavering? If not, how do you expect to dodge the Devil’s evil schemes? If we put on this armor, we will be protected from the devil, and be strong in the Lord.
Sophomore Macy Zemacke
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- Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”