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The Armor of God

by The Reverend Jacob Muiruri

Introduction
Our Christian life in this world is like a struggle or battle. We all know that, in order for soldiers to be victorious in battle, they must first put on their armor. God has made available to Christians seven pieces of armor; the belt of truth, the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the Word of God, and prayer. The armor helps us fight our enemy. God knows that we are weak; therefore, He has given us His armor to provide us with strength, and equip us to fight the enemy. It is spiritual armor, and it will protect us from our chief enemy, the devil – that is, Satan.

The Enemy
The second thing that is necessary in warfare is an understanding of our enemy and a knowledge of his might. Let us not make the mistake of supposing that Satan is not strong or assuming that he is not real; he not only exists, but he is also powerful.

If we fail to understand this, he will surely overcome us. He is much stronger than we are! Therefore, if we are without our armor, he will easily defeat us. Moreover, Satan is not alone. Allied with him are evil rulers, authorities of the unseen world, mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. These are the same authorities and powers over which Christ now reigns in heaven (Eph.1:20-21) – the same rulers and leaders to whom God, through His Church, is making known His remarkable wisdom (Eph.3:10). However, here on earth, these rulers and authorities still yield great power, and therefore, we need God’s armor to stand against them.

The Bible describes Satan as an invisible spirit. He is evil and wicked and is the leader of all evil spiritual forces. There is no good, no mercy, in Satan. His one desire and goal is to destroy, by any means possible, the spiritual life of every Christian. He is crafty and cunning. Peter says that he is like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Pet. 5:8). Most often, however, Satan does not roar. He quietly sneaks up on us when we are not watching, or he disguises himself so that we can’t recognize him (2 Cor. 11:14). St Matthew describes him as a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. The sheep think he’s one of them and let him into the flock (Matt. 7:15).

How can we fight against our enemy?
The good new is that we can fight against Satan with God’s strength, because God’s strength is far greater than Satan’s power (1 John 4:4). When we put on God’s armor and stand our ground, we can cause Satan to flee (Janes 4:7). However, Paul warns us that w must put on the full armor of God. If even one piece is missing, Satan will immediately wound us in that unprotected area. We must be ready to stand against Satan when the day of evil comes. The day of evil is the of temptation, the day of persecution. In particular, it is the day when Satan launches his assault against us.

Prayer without ceasing
We must put on all our armor… with prayer. Some people call prayer our seventh piece of armor. Without prayer, our armor is useless. We should pray in the Spirit – that is, with the help and support of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit infuses our prayers and teaches us what to pray (Rom. 8:26). Our prayers should be not only ourselves, but also for our Christian brothers and sisters, that they might be able to stand against Satan’s attacks and overcome him. We must persevere in praying for all the saints – at all times and on all occasions. Even the greatest Christian leaders and preachers need our prayers. Paul, himself, said it was because of the prayers of fellow Christians that he was able to explain God’s Good News with boldness to the Gentiles.

Reverend Muiruri is Assisting Priest, Trinity church, Dallas, Texas

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