Ephesians 6:14-17 (KJV) “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
A word that aptly describes the times in which we are living. Over one-third of the world is on lockdown, confined to their homes until this pandemic has run its course. Many are feeling the pain. Many are out of a job. Others are wondering just how they are going to survive.
Where is God through all of this?
He has not changed. He is still on His throne.
Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
He has never left His people. That is His promise. The choices and decisions of just how to navigate through these are unchartered. So, how are we, God’s children, supposed to act?
God has and will guide us through if we but trust Him.
They tell us to wash our hands, do not touch this or that. We are to distance ourselves from social interaction to keep from spreading this virus further. Restrictions are in place and life as we know it has truly changed.
While we may have all the physical protection in place, we must also guard our hearts. Paul tells the people at the church of Ephesus to take up the armor that God has provided.
A helmet, breastplate, having our loins girt about, our feet shod, and taking up the shield of faith. One covers my head – the epicenter or control center for all I do. The breastplate covers the heart and vital organs. My loins girt about allows me to run, walk, and move freely. Our feet need protection to move forward, as God would desire.
Each has a part it protects, but one is above all – the shield of faith.
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
Many of us have felt the sting of those fiery darts hurled at us. Darts of doubt, worry, and fear. Darts of insecurity, weakness, and failure. Often, those darts followed with a barrage of accusations from the enemy that seems to reinforce the initial feeling.
Our enemy exploits our weaknesses. He will be unrelenting if we do not take action. It is God who tells us – “taking the shield of faith.” It is an action that we must consciously take. Some will feel incapacitated by the assault on their mind, will, or emotions.
Knowing our weakness, our faults, and failures, we must guard against whatever it is the enemy will fire at us. Many allow our expectations to beat ourselves down because we fail at meeting them.
For some, we expect instant success. Others will falter because we compare ourselves amongst ourselves, which, biblically, is not wise.
So, in putting on the armor, are we to cower in fear?
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.“
We may not have all the answers at the ready, but we can go to God with our questions and get the answers we are seeking. We have been set forth to be soldiers for the greatest army in the world. As soldiers, we must be ready.
1 Timothy 1:18 “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;”
2 Timothy 2:3-4 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
There is but one weapon yet unmentioned. It is the only one for offense. All the rest are defensive.
Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
The Word of God to the children of God is the very power we wield. He promises to guard us, keep us, protect us, and provide for us. When we rest in His promises, we can have that peace that passes all understanding.
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Jesus showed us how to wield that sword when He was at His weakest in the desert. The devil confronted him after fasting for forty days and forty nights.
Luke 4:4 “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”
Three times He rebuked the devil’s lies with truth from the Word of God. We must be no different. We cannot win in our power. It is not possible to fight a fleshly temptation with fleshly weapons.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”
Today, when you find yourself at your weakest point, remind yourself of the truths of the Word of God. Remind your heart whose child you are and to whom you belong.
Fight back. Why? Because we are guaranteed victory.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”