Monday we talked about the everyday battle we face as Christians. We have a very real enemy, but God’s word tells us we can live in victory and freedom! How do we do this?
Read Ephesians 6:13-17
This passage tells us that to resist the enemy we are to put on the armor of God. In fact, it says to put on every piece of God’s armor. It’s important to look at each piece and see how we can protect and fight back when we are in this unseen battle. Today, let’s look at the first three!
The belt of truth – Satan is called the father of lies. His goal is to make you doubt the true word of God, to make you doubt God’s trustworthiness. John 8:32 says, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” When you speak God’s truth over your life, Satan looses his power over you. The Holy Spirit, who lives inside all who put their faith in Jesus, is called the Spirit of truth (John 14:17). You are fully equipped to live in victory over Satan’s lies! Put on the belt of truth!
body armor of God’s righteousness – Putting on the body armor of God’s righteousness is realizing and believing that you are covered and made clean by the blood of Jesus. All of our man-made attempts to be righteous are actually opening us up to attacts from the enemy, because we are denying our absolute need for a saviour. We cannot be right with God on our own, there is no room for pride. Paul says in Philippians 3:9, “I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.”
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” ~Romans 4:3
When you put your faith in Christ alone, you are declared righteous. Do not let Satan point the fingers of shame, self-pity, and doubt at you, because you are made new by the blood of Jesus!
shoes of peace – put on the peace that comes from the good news…
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!” ~Isaiah 26:3
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7
This peace comes from a personal, active relationship with Jesus. Spend time with Him, listen to His promises, walk with Him in your everyday life. Life will not always be easy, but nothing can take away the peace that surpasses all understanding. Let this be your steady as you walk into battle.
Friday we will talk about the last three:
shield of faith
helmet of salvation
sword of the spirit