In Ephesians 6: 10, Paul encourages us to be strong. Note: the most critical part of this verse is for us to be strong “in the Lord and in his mighty power”. The truth is: the flesh is weak (Mark 14: 38). We are easily tempted and discouraged. That is why we need to lean fully into the strength of the Lord whose “power is made perfect in weakness”
In the following verse, Paul implores us to put on all of God’s armour. Keyword: all. For an armour to be effective, you must wear all of it. Failing to do so is like putting on a helmet then getting shot in the chest.
So what does the full armour of God look like and why should you wear it?
- Paul uses a belt to represent truth. Truth as part of an armour makes sense because satan is referred to as “father of lies” (John 8:44) and deception is revealed as “detestable” (Proverbs 6: 16-17) to God. We are encouraged to prioritise truth for our own sanctification and deliverance, and for those around us.
- The breastplate is representative of God’s righteousness; while a breastplate protects our vital organs, what Jesus did for us on the cross guards our hearts against and secures us from attack.
- Using shoes to symbolise peace that comes from the gospel, Paul suggests that the nature of our work as Christians leads us into territory torn by despair. But we are equipped with messages of grace that have the power to bring people to God.
- The enemy works to sow doubt. Thus, Paul uses a shield to represent faith in Christ, who is our “author and perfecter” (Hebrews 12: 2); a faith that is precious, solid and significant.
- The head is a critical part of the body and is where we discern between truth and deception. Paul writes that we must protect it by wearing the helmet of salvation.
- Finally, the sword of the Spirit, the Word, which is the only offensive weapon in the armour of God. Much like the shoes of peace, Paul acknowledges that we will be taken to places of anger, despair and hopelessness – much like where we are now. But we are equipped with the sword of the Spirit who has the power to bring love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
2. Locked down, prayers up.
Paul writes that we must “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
Some Questions to Consider:
- How strong has your Faith PPE been during this period? Have you checked it?
- Have you taken this time as an opportunity to connect with God more strongly?
- As it relates to your faith and call to serve, what essential services can you offer to others? What essential service do you require from others?
- Who are some people know to me that may need prayer over this same topic?
by Ramona Misilei | AMY Synod