Summary: As Christians, we must take our stand against Satan and put on the full armor of God
Ready for Battle
September 4, 2005
A few weeks ago I was watching a program about the history of armor. It was a fascinating show that detailed the various types of armor from the ancient to the modern. The program documented the various techniques that were used in creating the armor.
There are different kinds of armor for different kinds of functions. The armor that is on warships is different than the armor that is on fighter jets. There are many different kinds and functions of armor. However there is one central purpose for all armor. The purpose of armor is to protect or to keep safe.
This morning I want to look at the armor that God has given to us. Open your Bibles to Ephesians 6:14-18
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
The Belt of Truth
Purpose of the Belt - The belt held the soldiers clothing next to their body to create an easier way to move. The belt was also used to strengthen and give support to the soldier.
The truth that Paul is talking about is not from the opinions of our mind or what others might think. The truth that matters more than anything else is truth that comes from God. The belt of Truth is from God.
1. Christ is truth
2. The Word of God is truth
3. Living a life that follows truth
The belt of Truth
1. Keeps us focused
2. Keeps us reminded
3. Keeps us supported
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Purpose of the breastplate: The breastplate was designed to protect the heart. The breastplate was a large plate of metal that extended from the neck down to the thighs.
Righteousness is the standing that we are given when we accept Jesus as our personal savior. Jesus is the one who makes us right with God the Father. It is Jesus that gives us a right relationship with God. Righteousness is literally being made right.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5:21
As Christians we are meant to protect our hearts from the power and corruption of sin. We are to strive to live our lives in an upright manner.
The Sandals of Peace
Purpose of sandals - Roman sandals were fitted with nails that allowed tem to grip the ground in any type of condition. No matter where the soldier was sent they had the ability to stay on their feet.
The peace that we have in Christ gives us a firm standing in any situation that life can throw at us. The peace of Christ gives us the security to stand for Him when we need to do so.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8