In my last blog post I spoke about the Belt of Absolute Truth and how important truth is to the believer..But we can’t forget the rest of the armour…
Breastplate of Righteousness
Righteousness talks of the quality of being morally right, or justified. It talks of goodness, virtue, uprightness. A breastplate has the function of covering the chest. A large majority of the vital organs are in this area of the body. Essentially the heart. We understand that the issues of life flow from the heart (Prov :4:23) We also hear that the heart of man is desperately wicked according to Jeremiah 17:9. We also understand that this armour is not our armour, so this covering of righteousness is not one that we have established, not one that we have created. If we were left to create this covering with our own righteousness it would malfunction at the first opportunity because our own righteousness is of no effect when it comes to warfare. It’s the righteousness of God that protect our hear and acts as a filter to what comes in and what comes out from the heart. The virtue of God covers our heart and allows better governance of our emotions and reactions. We are made righteous through HIS righteousness.
Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
We understand that shoes are an essential part of any outfit. We may be fully clothed and have all we need on, but we are not ready to leave the house and accomplish anything without our shoes on. We can’t leave the house, we can’t go out and do what we plan to do with no shoes on. Also, it’s important that the shoes we have on are appropriate for where we are going or what we are going to do. Shoes are a protection from the ground that we have to walk on. The stones and harness of the ground would make walking and travelling long distances difficult and act as a distraction to the journey. Especially in warfare, it’s important that the shoes were purposeful and efficient for battle. They could not be too heavy or they would slow them down, and no too light or they would not protect against the hard ground. Our mission is to walk with and in the Gospel of Peace. This is the message we look to bring everywhere our feet tread.
Shield of faith
A shield has the function to protect, defend and cover. It is not attached to any fixed part of the body so it has the ability to protect anything from the head, to the feet. It also has the ability to cover and protect others. Faith we know to be the substance of things hoped for (what it’s made out of and made up of), the evidence of things not seen (the proof of things we don’t have yet) Heb 11:1. So how can faith be a defence? When the fiery darts of the devil come, aflame with doubt and fear, it’s the shield of faith that will render them powerless. Our faith allows to remain confident in the ability of God. It’s our faith that stops the attack to our mind, chest, feet. Faith disables anything that might stand against what God can do. We can cover ourselves and other with faith.
Helmet of Salvation
A helmet has the function of covering the head, and depending on the style, the face which holds the eyes. Salvation talks of deliverance from harm and injury and ultimate ruin. Christ has brought us salvation via His death on the cross. From that act of love we have been rescued, preserved and delivered all at the same time. Salvation talks of deliverance from sin and it’s consequence (death). Romans 7:25 (NIV) says “Thanks be to God who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Proverbs 23:7 says “As a man thinketh, so is he”. We understand from these the power of the mind. The power of Salvation and our deliverance and ability to walk in the newness of life starts in the mind. We know that most things we do start as a thought in the mind which is why Romans 12 begs that we be renewed in our mind. Salvation acts as a covering to our mind and ultimately what we do. Because we have been changed, new born and our life has been rearranged, the things we used to do we do them no more, places we used to go we go, we go there no more thanks to Salvation and the change and covering of the mind.
Sword of the Spirit
The sword is a powerful part of the armour. One that is again in no fixed place, but can be directed to the enemy at hand. The Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Hebrews 4:12 tell us that the word of God is alive, and quick and sharper than any two edge sword, penetrating, and dividing. Such is the power of the word of God. The word of God is the only part of the armour that is used to attack. The rest of the armour is used to defend but the word of God is set to attack and fight back. The believe must have access to a sword to make it through warfare. The undiluted word of God that is forever settled in the heaven is the only line of attack that we have against the enemy.
A forgotten part of the armour. Prayer. It is here where we suit up. It’s here where we get repairs and replacements and reinforcements to our armour. It’s in prayers that we learn more about the enemy and receive insight about it. It’s here that God allows us to communicate and strategies and plan and attack. Its where we meet the captain of the Lords host (Joshua 5) and rally together with others in the war and boost each other up ready for war. It’s here where we heal from a battle that we may not have won. Its hear where our wounds are bound together and oil and wine is poured in. It’s here where you can be encouraged to go and fight again!