Armor of God – God’s epic gear
Weekly Bible Study #12
This week I thought I we would talk about putting on the whole armor of God. So I’ve got a few scriptures to read you tonight. Starting in the book of Ephesians, from the New King James version.
“10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— “
In this passage we are told to put on the whole armor of God. Wrapping ourselves in truth and wearing the breastplate of righteousness on our chest for all to see. Wearing the Gospel of Peace on our feet to guide our every step, and protect ourselves with the shield of faith. We know that according to Mark 11:23 all things are possible through faith and through the shield of faith all attacks of the enemy are powerless before you. Finally it mentions wearing the helmet of salvation upon our heads, and wielding the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, and heres what the Book of Hebrews says about His Word:
“12For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
When I think about the Armor of God I cant help but be reminded of an online RPG. Many of you know that before starting Metal Blessing Radio I played World of Warcraft. In World of Warcraft everyone was always looking to get the best epic pieces of gear. I remember spending countless hours leveling up my characters and hunting for equipment.
Its good to know that God has a complete set of epic gear waiting for us. Just like you have to devote time to gaining experience in the land of Azeroth, likewise the best way to “level up” your Bible, faith, Sword of the Spirit skills and so on is to devote time to learning them by studying His Word and spending time with Him. You’ll find that the grind for the armor of God is easier and much more rewarding than the latter.
Just to be clear though I am not speaking against Warcraft or games in general, as all things are good in moderation.