Summary: We have spent the last few weeks becoming “Battle ready” and we have seen a number of reasons why we need to be ready for the ambush of the enemy.
“Battle Ready, Putting on the Belt of Truth” Eph 6:13,14a
We have spent the last few weeks becoming “Battle ready” and we have seen a number of reasons why we need to be ready for the ambush of the enemy.
Today we have finally made it to the point where we begin to apply the necessary gear of the warrior of God.
Look at verse 13: Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God. Why? So that we may withstand, or survive, the evil day.
Well what is the evil day?
1. Paul says the evil day is right now. [Eph 5:15-16 NKJV] “15 See then that you walk circumspectly, [Carefully] not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
2. It can refer to trials and temptations that arise at any given moment, during the day. In order to be God’s warriors, equipped for battle we must be ready at a moment’s notice for anything the enemy throws at us.
3. It can also refer to unusual temptation and trials, those special circumstances that the enemy uses to knock us off our feet.
Paul tells us to “withstand” but unless we are battle ready we will not be able to resist any attack of the enemy.
Last week we said that if our hearts are not prepared the armor will not do us a bit of good.
Today I want to begin looking at the armor of God’s warriors…what it is, how we apply it and what it does to protect us.
Remember that Paul is in prison. Being surrounded by soldier’s 24/7 he is able to study their armor, up close. As he studies, he begins to understand a great deal about the Roman soldier’s battle gear and how it protect them in times of war. He then begins to put a picture together, in his mind of the armor the Christian soldier needs in order to face the evil that surrounds each of us.
The very first piece of armor that he tells us to put on is probably the most important piece. None of the other armor will help much at all if this first piece is not properly installed.
1. We are to put on the Belt of Truth: verse 14a
The belt of a Roman soldier was not like the belt you may have on today, which keeps your pants firmly in place. It had a number of practical purposes.
a. Paul sees the practical military Purpose of the belt.
The belt was a very important piece to the Roman Soldier's armor. The belt was the first piece of armor the soldier would put on. It was used to keep the clothing close to the body, so nothing would be flapping around.
When we run power tools, such as saws, we are told not to wear loose fitting clothes. Why do you think that is? Do you remember when I came to church with my face all bruised and busted up, because I was wearing a loose fitting T-shirt that got caught in the wire brush of my drill? That drill cracked my eye socket, busted my face up pretty bad and now my nose is a little odd…
Not only does the warrior’s belt keep everything in place, it was also used to strengthen the body as well. You might compare it to the weight lifters belt.
There may have been a loop, or hooks for holding the dagger and one for his sword. Other loops held ropes and a way for him to rest his shield. The belt covered the abdomen and protected the soldier’s vital organs against the sharp edge of the enemy’s blade. The belt was tied in several places to stay in place, so that no matter how the soldier moved his belt was always in place. If the belt were not on straight, then everything would be out of place and the soldier would be in danger of losing his life.