“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesian 6:10-17 (NASB)
Some bible verses are relatively easy to understand, such as “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,” (Eph 5:25); though hard to implement, these are to be part of our daily walk. The “Armor of God” should be part of our basic training as Kingdom men, similar to ball players putting on their uniform — it becomes part of their routine as they prepare for the ball field. Notice in verses 14-15 above for the first 3 items “having belted”, “having put on”, and “having strapped on” refer to actions that have already started in the past and continue to the present.
If not familiar with these elements, then briefly from the start you have to know and live out truth, which is God’s standard. By saying “truth” versus “The Truth”, The Bible refers to the broader sense of integrity, genuineness, the same through and through. Likewise we are to be living out God’s truth, whether anyone is watching or not. The belt holds the outfit together and prepares for action.
Righteousness refers to right standing before God. Similar to a physical breastplate protecting the heart and circulation throughout the body; the spiritual armor protects heart-felt decisions and circulation of God’s righteousness throughout our being.
More than saying and doing the right thing, we need to also act with the right intent. The peace that God gives is fundamentally different from what the world gives (John 14:27) in that His peace with the promise (& comfort) with Himself, with the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). With God’s peace as our firm footing, we are able to stand firm and not get knocked down by blows.
Daily Battle Order:
When traveling to work, whether getting in your car or going downstairs, you would not do so naked — you would be clothed. Similarly when preparing for the day be sure to “having put on” your spiritual armor.
Register for Fredericksburg Battlefield Training – Kingdom Men, we will be mustering at Fredericksburg Battlefield on June 25-26. Friday-Sunday; for those able to participate Saturday only, you will receive the benefits of the TJC Battlefield training. Let’s “PRE-DECIDE” to train together!
Please note – A portion of every registration is being matched by a donor, so that Joshua Commission can support the “Mighty Oaks Foundation” and “Door of Hope”. Mighty Oaks helps warriors overcome the ravages of veteran suicide. The Door of Hope comes alongside men and women struggling with abortion decisions.
Your participation ripples far beyond the battlefields of 1862.