It’s funny, when I think about it, I spent a lot more time studying about the armor of God when I was a child than I have as an adult. It’s a fun analogy and kids love dressing up in God’s armor, but there is so much more to it than meets the eye.
This armor is of Heavenly branding and is so mighty and strong that it can only be worn in Christ’s strength. Girding our loins isn’t something we do much today – we have pants now. But girding one’s loins denotes a sense of readiness. It’s kind of like putting on our combat fatigues. It is fitting ourself with truth. Truth of the word of God, the truth of love, the truth of who God is, the truth of His nature, the truth of the law. We have to fill our minds with His truth so as not to become confused and disoriented in battle.
Breastplates are also out of style these days. But we all know what a bullet proof vest is, so let’s go with that. This piece of armor is a non-negotiable. It protects our vital organs and can be the difference between life and death. Yet I find it interesting that it is the breastplate of righteousness. We are not righteous of ourselves. Rather it is Christ and His righteousness that protects our heart. We must wear his righteousness and trust that He is enough to cover all the most important parts.
Now onto boots. Have you ever thought it interesting that as we go into battle one of the very important pieces of equipment he shares with us is preparation of the Gospel of Peace? Wait a minute, but this is war we are talking about here. Have you ever noticed how Jesus fought His battles while He was here on Earth? He did not use swords or violence, rather He fought His battles through a message of peace. What a great example for us. We can see how great people like Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Mother Theresa, and many others wore these boots and they proved to be priceless in battle.
Now it is our shield. This shield can stop a barrage of even the deadliest flame throwers. It is faith. We must have faith that God is strong enough, that He loves us, that His promises are sure, that He is who He says He is and that He will do what He has promised He will do. That seems like a tall order, but this is where we can see quite clearly our need to depend on God’s strength to wear this armor. Sometimes holding a shield can be hard, our strength plummets and we don’t have the strength to hold it up any more. That’s where Christ comes to our side and holds out our arms for us that we may be strong in faith and protected from the enemy.
The Helmet of Salvation is similar to our bullet proof vest in a couple of ways. First of all, it protects our most vital organ – the one that controls all the rest. This important part of us is protected not by our own might, but by the salvation which comes only from God. All we can do is put it on, and know that we are covered with the best protection possible, that nothing can penetrate its shell, and that we can fight strong in the salvation of the LORD.
All of our armor thus far has been defensive. Yet Christ asks us to boldly attack the schemes of the devil. He has outfitted us not just with a sword, but in this modern era we have the most advanced weaponry available. Should Satan be scared? Why yes, yes he should. We have the Holy Spirit on our side, fighting for us – do you realize how powerful He is? Wow!
God does not want us to be afraid. He does not want us to fight our battles alone. He has already overcome and has won the victory and He wants to extend it to us every day. There is no other army I would rather enlist in. Soldier, what battles are you fighting today? Will you put on His armor this morning?