Summary: Pt 3 in a series on the spiritual battle we are in and how to use the weapons we have to win these battles
Battle Gear pt 3
At the beginning of world war II, France believed that they were safe
against Germany behind the Maginot line. The Maginot line was a defensive line
built in the 1930’s. It stretched for over 200 miles on the NE border of France. It
was state-of-the-art, built of thick concrete with heavy guns, living quarters, store
houses and underground rail lines. It was designed to hold off any German
attack. The Germans however defeated this fortified defense by simply going
around it through the Ardennes forest, which the French considered
impenetrable. By using superior aircraft and armored tank divisions, something
the French were not prepared for, the German army overcame this defensive
line simply by avoiding it. In the end, the maginot line was useless and France
surrendered to the enemy.
France fell in defeat because they underestimated their enemy and relied
on the wrong weapons. They did not anticipate the attack their enemy used.
They thought they were protected. We too are in a war, a war against Satan
and his legions of demons. We must also be careful to not make these same
mistakes. In order to defeat the attacks of our enemy, we must be armed with the
right weapons and armor. We must not underestimate our enemy’s intelligence
and cleverness. And, we must not rely on our own weapons and armor. As we
have said the last 2 weeks, the Bible tells us we are only sheep in this war and
have no armor of our own. We must rely on the armor, and the strength of God
in order to defeat the attacks of our enemy, Satan.
We have been looking at Ephesians, chapter 6 verses 10-20. Paul tells
us here that we are in a battle with the unseen forces of the spirit world, and that
we must put on the full armor of God in order to hold our ground and stand fast
against the attack of our the enemy. He then lists the pieces of this armor,
comparing them to the armor of the Roman soldier. We have already looked at
the first 3 pieces of that armor, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness
and the boots of peace. Today we look at the remaining pieces of our armor.
The shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. and a
secret weapon we have in this battle.
The first 3 pieces of our armor are things that must be put on and worn all
the time, by the Roman soldier, as well as us, they are never taken off. The next
3 however, were only taken up when the actual fighting was about to begin.
Now remember, Paul is writing this as he is actually chained to a Roman
soldier, one of the best fighting soldiers in the world at that time, and he is
comparing the weapons and armor of this mighty warrior to the spiritual weapons
and armor that we must have in our battle. The 4th piece of armor Paul
describes is the shield of faith. Now a Roman soldier had 2 different types of
shields that he would use. The 1st was a smaller shield, about 2 feet in diameter
which was strapped to the arm and was used in close combat. The shield Paul is
referring to, however, was a much larger shield, about 2-1/2 feet wide and 4-1/2