PUTTING ON THE ARMOUR
"We wrestle not with
flesh and blood, but with
principalities and powers, against rulers of darkness,
against spiritual wickedness in
high places. Therefore put on the whole
armour of God, that you
may withstand in the evil day" (Ephesians 6:12-13). What is the armour?
If we are to stand up to the devil, and overcome him, we need to be well
protected. The "truth" is our armour in the battle against evil.
Truth - there is only one truth, Jesus (John
14:6), who is revealed to us through the
word (John 1:1). We need to know Jesus in order
to live as a disciple. The way we come to know Jesus is through
the Bible. "All scripture is inspired by God". We need to read the
Bible as it is written and accept the truth in it.
Righteousness - is the transforming power of the
Truth in our lives. As we believe the truth of
the Bible, confess our sin and allow Jesus
to cleans us (1 John 1:9) He makes us righteous.
Preparation of the gospel - is meditation
upon the Truth. We must be able to give an
account of our hope in Jesus (1 Peter 3:15).
Faith - is Truth in action.
Faith is the "evidence" of our relationship
with Jesus (Hebrews 1:1; James 2:18).
Salvation - is knowing the Truth. Jesus said that the Truth
would set us free. In our fight with the devil we must "know" that
we have victory over him because of Jesus. With this knowledge Satan can
not trick us into giving into him.
The word - is the "living" Truth. We know that
by the word, God created the world and everything in
it (Genesis Chapter 1). We know that God sustains us
by his word (Matthew 4:4). By applying the Word to our lives
we become free from the traps of the devil.
Prayer - is the "chain mail" that holds the armour in
place. It is the key to release the power of God into
our lives and the lives of others. Jesus said "Ask and you
shall receive" (Luke 11:9-13).