The Armor of God is Defense

June 5th, 2022

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Ephesians 6:10-18

Armor is tactical defense. No one armors up for offense. Armor is used to withstand. This is not to say that the armored up do not have an offensive plan, but the armor is for defense. Accordingly, we are told to “take a stand” against the devil’s schemes.

For some reason, we seem obsessed with offense. We want to slay the devil, fight the good fight. In Ephesians 6, however, we are called to withstand the devil’s schemes. God’s call for us is to guard ourselves by covering ourselves with truth, righteousness, peace, and faith. The one offense we have is the Word of God. According to John 1, Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus will fight—is fighting—our battles for us. We are meant to withstand the trials sent to us in faith that God, through Jesus, is fighting on our behalf!

Our work, then, is not to be fighting all the time. Our work is to become people marked by God’s truth, God’s righteousness, God’s peace, and God’s faith. This will be enough for us to withstand any scheme of hell!

Author: Timothy Brooks

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One Response to “The Armor of God is Defense”

  1. Brenda Garland Says:

    June 5th, 2022 at 8:57 am

    I’m often discouraged when I listen to “Christian” radio. It seems that it has become so much like secular talk show radio. I understand that we need to know what is going on in the world and stand up for what is right, but it seems that it’s all about fighting. This devotional reminded me of the story of Jesus going into the temple and seeing the man with the crippled hand. He didn’t yell out to the leaders in the synagogue telling them that they were not doing God’s work by ignoring the need of this man while they stood at the platform. He quietly did the good work of healing in the midst of their proceeding. He defending himself with truth when they accused him. He went about doing what was right and used a few words of truth when opposed. Good devotional; thank you.

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