God's Armor for Us

 

 The Armor of God

Put on the whole armor of God…and, having done all, to stand.  Ephesians 10:10-11.  Verses 12-17 talk about who we are wrestling with and the Armor of God.

Paul is describing the armor well in these scriptures.  He is chained to a Roman soldier who is wearing the armor.  The soldier wears it daily in keeping Paul a prisoner for Rome.

Isn’t it interesting how the man with the armor on is described by Paul (for visual effect) to give us spiritual insight?  Without these scriptures, it would be much harder to battle the things in life that take place.  Paul is saying we are to put on our spiritual armor, the same way the soldier he was chained to put on his armor to fight for Rome.

These verses tell us not how to fight, but how to not fight at times.  Paul said, put on your Armor of God that you may be able to Stand in verse 11.  There are times when God expects us to use all our energy to fight against evil.  To attack the source of the spiritual disturbance, but the council in these verses is to hold onto your position which is gained through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Battle

I used to think that the armor was put on to battle alone.  For why else would I need it?  But, I now believe that Paul used the example of the Roman soldier to show that the soldier (with his armor) used his authority to stand in the power he had been given, as well.  The soldier knew he represented physical strength by the armor he wore.  There was no question about who the prisoner was.  Now in the spiritual realm, it was an entirely different story.  For in the spiritual sphere Paul was the one who knew the kingdom he would enter, and the authority he had in it. Unless the soldier accepted Christ, he would go to the underworld when he died.  Paul’s vision of reality was always what Christ had done for him, and the journey Christ had him on.  Paul stood in that knowledge.  No matter what, Paul knew whatever happened, he could stand in Christ through the Holy Spirit.

Paul always kept in mind that the battle he was in was not against a person – but the spirits that were on that person, moving them to cooperate with the evil that the enemy put into man’s thoughts.  The deeds that followed afterward (man’s inhumanity to man) always came from that imparted initial taking over of the evil one, Satan or his cohorts.  For we need to remember Paul said, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but spiritual wickedness in high places.”  For the battle that looks like it is man to man combat is actually spiritually inspired by wickedness in high places.  For we need to remember what Satan offered Jesus after He was starving and thirsty in the desert. First, the enemy offered substance to sustain life.  But Jesus said, “I have food you cannot see.”  Then the evil one offered earthly, worldly, dominion and power. “Worship me, and I will give you the kingdoms of the world.”  Jesus did not take the bait in his painful state.  Although physically run down, he knew his enemy and stood.  Jesus knew the truth He was standing in.  He knew His mission and His purpose.  He was not swayed but stood in the kingdom power that was His.  There was no question in His mind why He decided to come to earth in the first place.  Jesus was not side-tracked from the plan that was agreed upon before He entered the universe through the Virgin Mary. 

The spiritual wrestling in our lives is about standing in the place of our authority in Christ.  After, we have battled in whichever way Yahweh directs – we take up our authority in Christ and realize several things.  We cannot win spiritual battles in human ways.  We are not able to physically handle seeing the demons who are moving in people, or upon people.  In Father God’s mercy, He has not allowed us to be able to see how the evil one sends his cohorts to do his work.  We see the way a person acts, like Hitler, Stalin, and the examples in the Bible like King Herod, that man can be possessed by the evil one.   But, our physical eyes do not see the subtle whisper of the enemy to the person who has been used as a tool to try to take away our identity in Christ, or our peace and joy.  I am not saying that the person whose words are derailing us are like the evil leaders above, but they can be used by the enemy without knowing it.

Wrestling

Paul is saying – don’t hate or wrestle against the person.  Look up to higher ground to find out what is taking place.  See it for what it is.  That person (who has offended you) has been moved by their flesh patterns or by Satan’s army soldier to be used as a tool to get to you!  Take the situation into prayer, and ask the Lord to show you His battle plan.  He has one for you.  You will be guided to Ephesians 6 as part of your understanding, I believe.  The battle you are fighting is not against flesh and blood, but principalities and power, and spiritual wickedness in high places.  Standing in the truth of the cross and what has already taken place, we win!  The Bible states this in Revelation 20-21.  The result is that although spiritual warfare is taking place, it will end.  “This too shall pass.”

Prayer:  Lord, help us to see the battle is not going to last forever.  That you have a plan and purpose in everything, we are going through.  Let us be like Paul, and finish the work you have for us to do well.  As we stand before you, we will hear you say that you are well pleased with our journey on earth!

Blessings,

Maria Schaefer

Director of FIY Ministries

Freedom in Yeshua Ministries  (Look for us on YouTube)