September 25, 2008

The Armor of God

The armor of God is one of those "christian summer camp" things that I remember learning from Ephesians 6:13-20. We had to memorize the different pieces of armor and why Paul paired certain piece of armor with the specific attribute of God's strength. We learned that most of these pieces were defensive pieces except the sword which has become synonymous for the Word of God. In a list here are the parts:

Belt of Truth
Breastplate of Righteousness
Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
Shield of Faith
Helmet of Salvation
Sword of the Spirit

The interesting thing that I don't remember from this passage is verse 18-20 which continue from the same thought in my Bible's translation. It says, "praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplications. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me (Paul), that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I out to speak." Part of the armor to "withstand in the evil day" is prayer; prayers for our needs, for the words to say, for boldness to proclaim the truth of God.

And now I'm out of time. Darn.

Praise God for His Armor, the protection we need from Satan and the evil day.