We are in a continuous spiritual battle. Though unseen, the spiritual realm impacts our physical reality. We must acknowledge that we are not alone in the fight; Satan is actively involved in the battle, plotting to destroy.
We must also recognize that we cannot fight this battle in our own human strength. We need the unsurpassable power of our mighty God.
In the video below, you will find CCM Sr. Business Analyst Eric Mellert discussing examples of the ‘clothing’ we must put on every day, according to Ephesians 6:10-18. We as Christians are encouraged to put on the full armor of God to stand firm against spiritual forces. This includes the helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, sandals of the gospel of peace, shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit.
Helmet of Salvation
We are a fallen humanity, susceptible to sinful thoughts and psychological attacks from the enemy. The helmet protects our brain: repelling evil to give us a pure, Christ-like mind. Let us prepare for battle every day by putting on our helmets and turning toward the One who gives us wisdom in all things.
Breastplate of Righteousness
According to bible.com righteousness means “in right standing [with God]”. None of us can be in that position on our own. We are righteous in God’s sight through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Because of this selfless sacrifice, we can now enter the presence of God’s merciful love for eternity if we accept the free gift of salvation. When we repent of our sins and commit our lives to Christ, we receive the breastplate of righteousness.
Belt of Truth
In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” As Christians, we should consistently study, memorize, and meditate on His truth. With this, we are wrapping ourselves in Christ, confidently guarding ourselves from deceit through the truth found in His word.
Sandals of Peace
With the sandals of peace, we are prepared for any battle we may walk through because we can rest in Him no matter what, and receive peace that surpasses all understanding. Additionally, our God-given peace should bring a sense of stability to those around us. Yes, we fight with peace, but we must also remember to fight for peace, through prayer, against our sinful nature.
Sword of the Spirit
Remember when Jesus was tempted by the Devil in the wilderness? Jesus’ weapon of choice was scripture. Our sword is quite simply the Word of God. Knowing, using, and memorizing, scripture is preparation for battle. When temptation hurdles toward us we can defeat it with the truth of God’s Word.
Shield of Faith
When flaming arrows come hurdling toward us, we should be able to shield ourselves from defeat with our abundant faith that God is stronger. He is our protector. He is the one who saved us from the pit. And He will save us again and again until we are united with Him for eternity.
In battle, prayer is our connection to the command center. In being connected to the Holy Spirit, we are ready to take direction from the Commander in Chief. We are called to advance the kingdom of God rather than sit back and play defense.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Put on your whole armor of God. Stand side by side with your fellow believers and stay connected in prayer to our Commander. Do this daily.