The enemy threw spears and shot arrows at me
But his weapons fell against my armor, as useless as an unfitting key
His aim turned desperate in pushing every piece of my protective shield
Trying to find a weakness, but it was unrelenting and would not yield
Laughing at his meager attempts I wielded my sword to scare off my enemy
Knowing the power of God would be revealed for all to see
But as my arm lifted in a deafening blow
He saw a weakness begin to quiver and show
The enemy lifted his eyes in a mocking way
Causing my blade to stutter and sway
He began to mimic the painful words from long ago
That I would never amount to anything, that I should just cower and go
He made me feel like I lost the battle before it had even begun
The lies and fear of a failure whose song has not yet been sung
The enemy began to beat me with his dagger-like speech
I dropped to my knees and felt God’s hand out of reach
I begged God to show me a way to break free
But He said that the power and truth was already given to me
With the realization becoming stronger than before
I stood on the Rock, my salvation, the One who knocked on my heart’s door
I saw the truth that in God I find my identity
Not in the failures or the stinging lies of my enemy
I lifted my sword with a new strength that I had ever known
The enemy cowered and fled when he saw the true power shown
Yes, there will be more battles to be won
Resisting the enemy and fighting, but the war is already finished and done
Not too long ago I told my friend about a spiritual attack that occurred to me one night. I didn’t explain the exact details (besides the extreme fear encasing me) but I did speak of how I cried out to Our Heavenly Father and how He told me to put on my full armor. As soon as I spoke out-loud every single object of the armor of God and applied them to myself…there was an IMMEDIATE peace that was like a “night and day difference” and I no longer had the extreme fear that was surrounding me.
My dear friend then asked how I knew that I had the full armor of God on. She seemed interested to know how to apply it to herself and to know that it is rightly on, but my only answer was the feeling of the peace that suddenly happened after applying the armor. Unlike my friend, who is gifted with the right answers and can voice them right away, I tend to “stew” on my answers until God reveals them to me (which can be weeks to months to years away). 😉 I maybe a slow learner at times but I’ve sure got a patient Teacher.
I hope that I can bring a deeper understanding to what God has revealed to me about His armor that can be applied to us every single day.
Yes, every single day.
When enemy of God attacked me and God gave me a means of escape, I realized that I did not want to be one day without His armor. What is the armor of God made out of?
“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.” Ephesians 6:14-17
Below is an example of applying the full armor of God to yourself:
In the power and name of Jesus Christ, I put on…
-the belt of truth
-the breastplates of righteousness
-and prepare my feet with the readiness of the gospel of peace
-I take up my shield of faith to extinguish the enemy’s arrows
-the helmet of salvation
-the sword of the Spirit
Now comes the question, “how do I know it’s on and will I feel the complete peace surrounding me?” My answer: Since I have been putting on my armor daily, I do not feel it there because I have become accustomed to it like the nose on my face. Although, there are days when I feel confident (prideful) without my armor, the enemy will attack me and then I remember/realize how important the armor is. Just because I didn’t feel the attack doesn’t mean the battle was not happening, for God’s armor was protecting me the whole time.
I must now leave you with a question of my own…Do YOU have your armor on today?
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