Scripture Reading: Nahum 1:1-3:19 / Ephesians 6:1-24 / Psalm 114:1-8
I love looking at pictures of my childhood, family and children. It’s amazing how things have changed…especially fashion. Senior graduation pictures have changed since my high school graduation in 1977(so long ago). I wore a light blue leisure suit with an open collar silk shirt. It was cool…well at least back then!
Some people are fashion conscious and usually it isn’t males…my wife likes to remind me of this. Regardless, we all dress according to the events of our day. Old clothes for work, comfortable shoes for shopping, dress clothes for special events and leisure clothes when we are staying home.
As important as our physical clothes are, Paul reminds us of the importance of being spiritually clothed. Paul calls us to dress ourselves with the armor of God. I haven’t seen that many suits of armor lately but during Paul’s time, they could make the difference between victory and defeat or life and death. Like a natural suit of armor, Paul speaks of a spiritual armor that is so needed for followers of Jesus Christ.
We face spiritual conflict as satan battles us on a daily basis. The only way to defeat him and defend our faith is to, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:11) The battles we face are not birthed in the hearts of man but from the schemes of the enemy of our soul. Spiritual warfare is very real and often is dismissed by man as nothing or the result of a wild imagination.
I don’t believe there is a demon behind every bush but there is the real presence of evil. That belief is founded upon Paul’s words, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (6:12)
It’s one thing to be enlightened to spiritual darkness, it’s another thing to defeat it.
Victory is secured as we put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit.
We need to conscientiously and deliberately put on God’s armor. Truth will govern our actions, words and motives. Righteousness will cover our heart’s desires and motives. Peace will guide our steps and pathway. Faith will quench doubts, intimidation and fears. Salvation will protect our thoughts and conscience. God’s Word will defeat and destroy the works of the devil!
God clothed Adam and He provides clothing for us today. As you put on your physical clothes, make it your practice to put on God’s armor at the same time. You will be powerfully dressed and very fashionable...God guarantees it!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!