Wearing the armor of God
Ephesians 6:10-13 (NKJV) Finally, brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIs might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:13-17 (ESV) 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 firm Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for you feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (boldness added by me)
Romans 13:12, 14 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. . . . But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.
One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 6:10-19. I like the ‘whole armor’ scenario. And it reminds me that my protection is actually me KNOWING the word and promises of God. When I need to, I repeat these words I need, sometimes as a reminder that I am a soldier and fight against the enemy called Satan and his nasty minions. His weapons are many, MANY—hatred, doubting, fearfulness, anxiety, insecurity, a nasty spirit, anger, and worry and so many other things that he whispers in your mind as often as he can. He is the Deceiver, the Liar, the one who taunts, the one who tries to reach out and hurt you. And he frequently sends others to make you doubt, make you fear, worry, and not trust in the promises. That is why it is important to read your Bible, to equip yourself for war. The enemy is all around us, and he wants us to fail, to doubt, and to find no comfort in the Comforter.
And if you don’t know His words, His promises, His comfort, His ways, you can fall victim to the lies and deceits of the Evil One. So the armor of God is knowing His words, in your heart, your mind, and to always be prepared to throw out His words as though a spear to hit the enemy. Satan hates when you are armed with God’s words and his taunting lies are unable to penetrate you to cause doubt, hurt, and worry.
And I don’t know all the verses, but I have an arsenal of my favorites. I know the ones which have spoken to me, have touched me, and remind me of what I am to do each day, sometimes many, many times in one day. And that is to pray, to keep His words in my heart. Knowing them is what girds you with the armor to fight.
I am not saying doubt does not sometimes tickle my mind, causing me a few moments of disquiet. But I have learned that when I feel unease or anxiety, to seek God. Maybe He is warning me I am about to make a mistake, or not follow His path for me. So I ask, I seek His guidance.
If I don’t become reassured the unease I am feeling is because I am doing something wrong in His eyes, I ask if this is Satan. And then rebuke the deceiver with God’s words and quote a promise, while seeing myself girded like a Wonder Woman warrior, because I do dress as a warrior, carrying my sword, and looking about, staying on guard. I want to keep myself under God’s guard, being diligently ready for the enemy’s attacks. And Satan flees. . . for a time.
I like my house to be clean from Satan’s deceptions. And without diligence, it does not stay that way. That’s why I share some of ‘mybellaviews’.