Put On The Armor of God
One of the most critical things we can do to endure—in
fact, to stand effectively in our night of faith is to daily put
on the Armor of God! "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the
Lord, and in the power of His might." (Ephesians 6:10)
Being strong in the Lord is our most critical
imperative. This is in the present tense which means it is to be continuous.
It is in the passive voice, meaning that we receive the
action; it’s something that happens to us. Twice Paul
emphasizes that it is to include all of the parts (not just our
As we consider this warfare we are engaged in,
remember our combat intelligence insight: "For we wrestle not
against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:12).
So Paul details for us the seven elements of the Armor
of God (Ephesians 6:10-18):
1) "...having your loins girt about with
In contrast with the myths and disinformation which
dominates our contemporary society, we are to be girded with the only
real truth: His. "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
2) "...and having on the breastplate of
The breastplate protected the vital organs; the
penetration of this piece usually proved fatal. We need to be protected
by His Righteousness, and not rely upon our own!
3) "And your feet shod with the preparation of
the gospel of peace";
Every battle requires preparation, and ours is no
exception. We must choose, moment by moment, to "put off’ our sin
and self and, to "put on" Christ.
4) "Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the
Our shield of faith needs to be in good shape before
the battle. Are there "holes" in our shield that need to
be repaired? Are we making "faith choices" to believe what God
has promised us in His Word? If we’re not, our shield has holes and we
are giving the enemy a perfect inroad.
5) "And take the helmet of salvation";
Helmets are a form of security. Failure to have a
proper helmet on can prove fatal. Our helmet was purchased just for us.
We are entitled to it because of Christ and what He has done. We must
realize who we are in Him and that He has paid the full price for our
redemption. We have been redeemed; we have been paid for; we are no
longer our own. Nothing protects us more from a blow to our head than
our "helmet of salvation"—His Life in us. Each time we step
out our door, we must realize that we have been redeemed and that
we already have eternal life. No one can take that away from us.
Satan can’t touch us! Nothing, by any means, can hurt us. Re-read
6) "...and the sword of the Spirit, which is
the Word of God":
This is, of course, a well-known idiom
(Hebrews 4:12). Our sword is the offensive part of our armor.
Notice that this sword is two-edged: it’s intended to be used
defensively as well as offensively. In addition to the "pulling
down of strongholds," it is also used in the defense of the
faith. However, like any sword, it also requires training and practice!
The heavy artillery:
7) "Praying always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit..."
It is absolutely incredible that we each have a
priority connection directly into the Throne Room of the Universe! It is
amazing to realize that this astonishing resource is so available and
yet so sparingly used. It is unquestionably the most powerful weapon we
could possibly have. And, it is the deciding factor in
our spiritual warfare.
And last, but certainly not least, we need to begin to
pray and praise God in everything that concerns us. Most of us have
heard quoted 1 Thessalonians 5:18 that says, "In everything give
thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning
you." By faith, we need to act out this Scripture.
"Rejoice in the Lord alway[s]: and again I say,
Rejoice... Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:4, 6-7)
We need to
thank Him, by faith, for what He is doing in our lives, for all that
He has done and for what He will do in the future. By doing this, we
will pierce the darkness and the evil spirits will flee away. Scripture
says that the enemy hates the Name of Jesus, he despises praises of God
and anything to do with His Word. Try it and watch him flee.
The most important thing we can do at this time is to
have a loving, blind desire to praise God in everything. Praising Him
will turn your mind from the depths of despair to being fully focused
I remember years ago reading the book Prison to
Praise by Merlin Carothers and thinking, "How on earth can I
praise God for all the bad things that are happening in my life?"
I have since learned that what God wants us to praise
Him for is not all the bad things, but for who He is in the
middle of the bad things. He wants us to thank Him and praise Him
for His goodness, His faithfulness, His righteousness, His power, His
sovereignty, His Love, His mercy, His grace, His peace, His truth, His
wisdom, His redemption, His Spirit, His strength, His salvation, His
sanctification and all the other thousands of things that we can think
of. This is what will get us through this trial in His timing and His
Our progress in God is always measured by our
separation from sin and self. Suffering, then, is simply a means of
Therefore, we are not lost in our night seasons, but
actually found. The darkness does not come from the enemy who hates us,
although he definitely tries to use it to crush us and annihilate us,
but from God who loves us. God will not lift the darkness until He has
accomplished in it and through it and by it all that He needs to.
God never mortifies us, without giving us life as a
result. And He never humbles us, without bringing glory to Himself
The question boils down to: "Will you let Him do
these things in and through you? Can you pass the night of faith without
lighting your own fire?