Armour of God
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Paul writes this to encourage Timothy while sitting in a jail cell in Rome. Paul states that God’s Holy Spirit provides power, love, and sound judgement. Vs 7 He also directs Timothy to not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and invites him to join in the suffering for the Gospel, something one can do only through the power of Christ. Vs 8. God has saved us by Grace according to His Will vs 9
We attain salvation through Grace, We have the Word to guide, We have the Truth to grow our Faith, We are righteous in God’s eye through Jesus Christ, and we should be prepared with the Gospel, willing to stand and suffer for the cause of Christ.
We may forget at times, but one thing is true – this world is a battlefield. Day by day, hour by hour, we face a spiritual war and an enemy who’s real. He wants nothing more than to bring defeat, for his main aim is to steal, kill, and destroy.
God has a plan for our lives. The enemy has a plan for us too. We must decide which voice we’re going to listen to, and who we’re going to choose to follow each day. And chances are, if we don’t make a determined choice to follow God, we may eventually fall into the evil one’s trap.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We have Salvation through Grace, We have the Word, We have the Truth, and our Faith, We are righteous in God’s eyes, and we are prepared with the Gospel, Now lets prepare for battle:
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Please Pray with me:
Dear God, today we put on your full armor to guard our lives against attack.
We put on the belt of truth to protect against lies and deception.
We put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect our hearts from the temptations we battle.
We put the gospel of peace on our feet, so we’re ready to take your light wherever you send us this day.
We choose to walk in the peace and freedom of your Spirit and not be overcome with fear and anxious thoughts.
We take up your shield of faith that will extinguish all the darts and threats hurled our way by the enemy. We believe in your power to protect us and choose to trust in you.
We put on the helmet of salvation, which covers our minds and thoughts, reminding us we are children of the day, forgiven, set free, saved by the grace of Christ Jesus.
We take up the sword of the Spirit, your very Word, the one offensive weapon given to us for battle, which has the power to demolish strongholds, alive, active, and sharper than any double-edged sword.
We ask for your help in remembering to put on your full armor every day, for you give us all that we need to stand firm in this world. Forgive us God for the times we’ve been unprepared, too busy to care, or trying to fight and wrestle in our own strength.
Thank you that we never fight alone, for you are constantly at work on our behalf, shielding, protecting, strengthening, exposing deeds of darkness, bringing to light what needs to be known, covering us from the cruel attacks we face even when we’re unaware. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.