“14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
The full armor of God. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation. Notice that it is all forward facing with nothing covering your back? Hold on to that thought.
Verse 12 says our battles are not just against our sinful thoughts and ways, they are also against the rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world AND evil in the heavenly realms. The paraphrase in The Message says “12 This is no afternoon athletic contest…. This is for keeps, a life or death struggle against the Devil and all his angels”.
So, here we are, locked in a life and death struggle. What’s the use? Satan is far greater than we are, his angels able to do more than we can in battle. What hope do we have?
We have one hope, one weapon, and it’s way more than enough. If we choose to, we have the full armor of God for defense, and the sword of His truth for attacking. He is with us always when we choose to wear His armor.
Remember how the armor is all forward facing? There’s nothing covering the backside. When we aren’t moving forward towards Him (when we’re walking away from Him), when we aren’t facing the battle, our backs are exposed, we have no protection, we have no hope. Wearing His armor, facing the day, facing the world wearing His armor, we have the ALMIGHTY FREAKING GOD as our protection!! Think about it. We have God as our armor. Dang.
We are meant to go into the world, to be the light, to win the battle for people’s souls in His name. Do it in confidence wearing armor that cannot be pierced, that cannot fail, with a weapon that is true and more powerful than Satan or his angels – the sword of the Holy Spirit in you.
Pursue the battle in every way you can. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have your back.