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Preparing with God's Armor Part II
Bible Verse Ephesians 6:16-18
Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
As Paul continues with his description of our heavenly armor we get to see the remaining resources given to us by God. Given that we may stand firm in the day of trouble, as spiritual attacks come upon us. These are the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and fervent prayer. The first thing we notice is each of these pieces of armor faith, salvation, God's word and prayer are all designed to be used together as one. God never meant these items to be used separately, or sparingly for that matter. But they are meant to be used all together as a cohesive whole, working hand in hand with God's will. And they are meant to be used often. Because only by frequent handling can we become proficient in their use.
And it's only when we use them together as one, that we truly become effective for the kingdom of God. Never forget God has also prepared us for their use. This is because God gave us the truth of the Gospel. By which we were secured and covered with the righteousness of Christ, imputed to us by our faith. The shield described in these passages was a large shield which was designed to protect the whole body. This is necessary because the enemy will shoot his flaming arrows at us from all directions. And it's only by our faith in Christ which becomes our shield that we can quench these fiery darts. Satan's next attack will be toward our minds. He will no doubt try to destroy our assurance of salvation by creating doubt and getting us to doubt our faith. However, that is why we wear the Helmet of Salvation.
It is the salvation given by Christ alone, through faith alone, which protects our hearts and minds from attack. We trust in the Lord because He has given us the guarantee of His resurrection and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And with all these things in hand, we are prepared for battle. Our foundation is Jesus, and because we have our footing securely in Him we stand firm through His power working in us. Therefore, we are now ready for our only weapon. This is the same weapon Jesus used to defeat Satan when he attacked Him in the wilderness. That sword is the Word of God. This is our most powerful weapon and like any good solider we must train with it often. Like any good soldier we must be thoroughly familiar with our God given weapon of choice. The word of God is so strong, that Satan's only maneuver is to keep us from reading it. Because Satan knows once we understand and learn to wield this weapon, that we truly become effective in the hands of God.