A look at Ephesians 6:10–20
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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.
Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should (Ephesians 6:10–20,NIV).”
Now don’t skim over the passage. Read it out loud — I know you have probably read it before, but humour me and read it out loud.
In our group we studied the passage about the armour of God. I found it very interesting how people felt about this passage. I heard someone say, “I don’t like it.” It reminded her of war, fighting and battles here on earth and she was quite upset that she would need to wear all that “war gear”.
Can we change how we see this?
After looking at the whole passage we asked her if she could visualize herself in a bride’s outfit — the Bride of Christ. Then she would be wearing the armour but in a different picture for her. Can you picture this?
Being a Bride of Christ means we do put on the armour of God. Let’s look at the passage using this metaphor.
Helmet of Salvation: The veil — Protected by Jesus
Shield of Faith: The bridesmaids — showing other Christians standing with us — faithful in community
The Sword of Truth: The bouquets — Creation, beauty and God’s Word
Breastplate of Righteousness: Our hearts as we give ourselves to Jesus
Belt of Truth: The Word of God as we trust and believe in the truth
Feet fitted: As a Bride of Christ we will be ready when the Holy Spirit calls us to follow His Voice. To boldly go out there and speak the words of God in love.
‘We always have visions before a thing is made real (Oswald Chambers).”
The vision is what God is calling you to do. What is that? And we need patience — this is for all creatives.
Keep walking. Keep doing. Keep praying. Keep listening.
“Every vision will be made real if we have patience (Oswald Chambers).”
What vision of armour do you prefer? And why?
Are you waving a bouquet or a sword? Either way the Word of God is speaking into your heart and speaking against the devil.
“Many people study the Bible without ever being shaped by the text…. reading the Word of God is meant to be a supernatural act of cooperating with the Holy Spirit (Sharon Garlough Brown, Sensible Shoes).”
Sharon Brown is author of the popular Sensible Shoes series and a frequent speaker and retreat leader.www.sensibleshoesclub.com
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