Ephesians 6:13-17 – Armor
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 firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
~ Ephesians 6:13-17 ESV
The stories about George Washington have become so inflated that even though some are true, he has reached somewhat of a mythical status as a Founding Father. Those who have heard the story of the cherry tree are likely as familiar with it’s lack of validity as they are with the story itself. And yet it endures, still being retold to the point that I need not retell it here. It’s altogether possible that the story just has a good moral of always being truthful. I posit that there is a further moral to learn from this: it’s pretty easy to be truthful when you’re holding a hatchet in your hand.
Paul spells out a lot of armor that we should be wearing in Ephesians. A belt of truth, a breastplate of righteousness, shoes of readiness. A shield of faith, and a helmet of salvation. All of these are important, but they’re all defensive. But then he names the one offensive weapon that ties it together: the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. All of these things are wonderful, but they leave us standing still and waiting for our enemy to strike unless we have God’s word.
This week I encourage you to spend time with God as always, but become acquainted with the love letter He has written to you. Be moved as the Spirit that lives within you translates the living and breathing scripture written so long ago. Spend time with wise counsel discussing what it truly means. And when the flaming arrows of the enemy come flying and are extinguished by your shield, you will have a mighty sword to wield back. It’s pretty easy to wear the belt of truth when you’re holding the Sword of the Spirit.
~ Blake Fowler