Scripture tells us that a Roman guard was stationed with Paul in his prison cell. Paul must have seen this guard put on his suit of armor many times, which is why he wrote the metaphor about winning the spiritual battle with spiritual armor. The bible verses are found in Ephesians 6:10-18.
This is a, daily, prayer of mine that I would like to share with you, and elaborate, a little, on the meaning behind each piece of armor:
I wear the helmet of salvation to filter my thoughts…The spiritual battle begins with a thought that enters our mind. If it is an evil thought and we dismiss it, we have won that fight. If we retain the thought and dwell on it, we are entertaining Satan’s whisper. Finally, if we act upon this evil thought, Satan has won this particular battle, we have sinned, and we have grieved the Holy Spirit who dwells inside of us. The helmet of eternal salvation is to protect our thoughts right from the start.
I put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect my heart…The old testament High Priest would wear a breastplate of judgment. Inside this pouch were two stones called the Urim and Thummim that he would, sometimes, use to determine God’s will. Since Christ is our Lord, Savior, High Priest, and King, our breastplate is of righteousness in Christ Jesus and our hearts are protected in Christ Jesus from this unbelieving and evil world.
I am protected by the shield of faith from the flaming missiles of Satan…Satan attacks us with fiery darts and our steadfast faith in Christ Jesus is the shield that protects us against anything that he is allowed to throw at us. We need to fight the good fight of the faith.
I carry the sword of the Holy Spirit, the Word of the living God…A sword is both an offensive and defensive weapon. We carry the sword of the Scriptures or bible volume which is God’s instruction manual of eternal life in Christ Jesus. We need to live and breathe God’s Word so that we will be strong and effective in helping to save souls; along with strengthening the souls who have been saved. We need to be able to wield the ‘truth’ in whatever direction the Lord leads us. We can, only, do this with a firm knowledge of our Creator, and a true understanding of His Word.
I am belted with truth and readiness, to glorify you, Holy Father, while walking in the Gospel of peace…Our fight is a spiritual one; not physical. The bible tells us to live a quiet, peaceful life, and to mind our own business. Our responsibility in this life is to walk in the shoes of peace and be the light of the world. We are to carry His teachings in our minds and hearts, spread and abide by His Word wherever we go, and give all glorify and honor to our Holy Father through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. All glory to Him!
I find it so difficult to write, briefly, about anything I am trying to teach in Scripture. If I wrote all that comes to mind when writing these posts, my post would become a never-ending volume.
With thankfulness to our Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In Jesus’ name,
Debby Mac Manes, disciple of Jesus Christ <><