Our Armor of Proof
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”
Ephesians 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
We are to put on the whole armor of God; to stand, that we might withstand, in order to stand.
Stand in this military context, means “to hold the ground given”. In other words, we are to hold the ground Christ bought and paid for; and has given us (individually) to stand on.
To withstand means to resist or oppose. We are to resist or oppose evil, that we might continue to stand on the ground Christ has given us.
If we do not resist evil, we are part of it. For as Christ said:
Matthew 12:30 “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.”
Our armor of proof is not so many imaginary pieces, but real, spiritual, helps; that we might stand in the evil day.
Ephesians 6:14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,..”
We first need truth. It is pictured as surrounding us, as protection. And Jesus again said:
John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
As we let the word of God surround us in our everyday life; it will be like armor to our soul. Nothing will be able to get in that is not according to His will, for we know His Word. (This is not the offensive weapon of our sword, but defensive knowledge)
Ephesians 6:14 “…and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”
There is the righteousness of Christ, which is imputed to us; which makes us righteous before God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”)
We can come before God in boldness (Hebrews 4:16) because of His righteousness.
But there is also the righteousness we are to do: Romans 6:16, 19 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness?”
“I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.”
To put on the breastplate of righteousness, we need to be sure we are born again; and then yield our members to obedience.
The term here “having” for both of these suggests the thought: “Will you have it?”
For these are the beginning of our protection. And we can not stand without truth and righteousness.
Ephesians 6:15 “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
We need peace to stand on. The peace that passeth all understanding.(Philippians 4:7) keeps us in all sorts of circumstances. The storm may blow, but we are at peace.
And when we have experienced this for ourselves, our feet are shod, and we are able to stand firm , no matter the storm.
Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
Faith is that amazing gift of the Holy Spirit, that delivers us in times of doubt (Hebrews 4:1-2), in times of temptation from the world (1 John 5:4), and here it states that it keeps us from the accusations and suggestions of the devil.
It will “shield” us by covering the mind with Light to see these “darts” as they really are.
It will “shield” us by covering our heart with Love, God’s love for us.
It will “shield” us by covering our walk with the knowledge of God’s forgiveness, and power.
Remember, this piece is movable…for faith covers all of us.
Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation,…”
“Take” implies use.
Take the knowledge of your salvation to keep you from sin:
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Our salvation can protect our mind:
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
Ephesians 6:17 “…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
This and all-prayer are our offensive weapons. All the rest are defensive. For we don’t go out to conqueror; but we are standing, holding ground that Christ has already won.
But when attacked, we need to defend ourselves. And the best offense is: God’s Word given to you at the time of attack by the Holy Spirit. (It suits what the devil is suggesting, or accusing; taking the influence of that attack away.)
Then God’s power is there, for you, too.
James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.”
Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
We are to pray always (1 Thess. 5:17)
Jude 20 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”
Prayer is our life line to direction, comfort, correction, everything we need.
This kind of prayer is “in the Spirit”.
Both of the offensive weapons are by direction of the Holy Spirit.
The sword of the Spirit, and prayer…in the Spirit.
He guides us into what to say to the attacks of the devil; And what to pray for, to get the help we need against these attacks….both for ourselves and for others.
I titled this Our Armor of Proof, because the Lord has provided these spiritual helps, He has given us His Word, His Spirit, and knowledge of our enemy’s wiles….and in our “Stand”, we need to prove them, for ourselves.
They are all we need to stand against the wiles of the devil….will we use them?