The Armor of God…Part 1: An Overview

Scripture Reference;

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 12For 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.

 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV

I have a dear friend named Michelle who I have known since I was seven years old. I have only seen her on a few occasions since I grew up and got married, but like many other people nowadays, we have begun visiting over the past year or two through Facebook. The other day I was feeling discouraged about some things and she reminded me of the importance of  “The Armor of God”. Then I was over at Debbie Feller’s Blog  and saw this:

“You have also given me the shield of your salvation.
And Your gentleness has made me great.”  2 Samuel 22:36

I had already told my other friend that I was going to look at the Ephesians passage, but I felt a prompting when I was at Debbie’s blog that I should not put it off. 

The subject of  “The Armor of God” is one that most Christians are familiar with. From the time we are little we learn songs, color, cut and paste paper soldiers, and listen to stories while the Sunday School teacher refers us to the flannel board. But how familiar are we really? Can you recite the above passage of scripture? I can’t. Can you name each piece of equipment that the Lord provides for each and every believer? Not me. I can name a few, but not all of them. If you can recite the passage and list all of those items, do you know how to use them? In what type of situations are you supposed to use them? Do you use them?…regularly?

Here I am with an interesting subject on my mind, and instead of spouting off all I know which frankly, isn’t much, I am asking you, the reader, all of those questions.  :)   I am looking forward to digging into the word, and sharing anything I learn. I am going to try to avoid peeking at commentaries. There is so much out there on this topic. I will not be attempting to “teach” anyone how to interpret or apply the passage. As usual, I will be just sharing “glimpses”…Lord willing.

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2011 in review

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