That Troublesome Sword
That pesky sword! Every time I turn around it is swinging out and hitting something while strapped to my waist! And have you ever tried to get into or out of a car with a sword harnessed to you? You have to be extra careful to not go too fast walking around corners lest it swings out and catches something!
I think I do pretty well with the rest of the outfit. After all you need something to hold up your pants so why not a belt of truth? Wearing a breastplate is a bit unusual for this time period but it is very light and form-fitting, so it’s okay. At least until a little of your self-righteousness shows up and then that breastplate gets to feeling extra heavy.
Have you ever had a pair of shoes that fit like a glove and were so soft you didn’t want to take them off? Well, with your feet shod with the readiness of the gospel of peace you will be prepared to go all day and then some. Add to your ensemble the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation and you are ready for anything Satan flings at you. You now have on a full outfit of protective gear – spiritually speaking of course. “Protective” is the key word there. You’re ready for anything thrown at you. But that seems all defensive, doesn’t it?.
Oh, wait! There is one more item. We are instructed to pick up the sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God). When outfitted with the full armor of God we are no longer purely defensive. We are now completely ready for action.
Ephesians 6:10-17 gives the description or instructions for donning the full armor of God.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against [a]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 [b]in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
I suggest we each start the New Year by finding this passage in our favorite Bible translation and committing these verses to memory, holding them in our hearts. Each morning read or verbalize the process of putting on the full armor and mentally keep it on all day. We are an army of Covenant Keepers warriors armored for the fight!