The Bible tells us that we have an enemy and one that’s more dangerous because he is invisible.
The Christian needs the armor of God more today than ever because “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
God offers Himself as a shield to those who trust in Him. It is up to us to “take up” and “put on” the whole armor of God, but once we have, we can say with confidence:
“My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart” (Psalm 7:10).
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him” Proverbs 30:5
Prayer is a key to the armor of God as we take up the helmet of salvation, which guards our minds and thoughts and keep it from being taken captive. The sword of the Spirit helps us fight off the enemy the way Jesus did during His temptation, and that’s with the Word of God. Three times Jesus rebuked the Devil by using the Word of God, and there’s more. We need to “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14). What we need is the truth of God’s Word that secures us in our stand against the enemy, and then the breastplate of righteousness which we attain once we trust in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), but we’re not quite done yet since we need “shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15). Once equipped, we can now be ready for spiritual warfare.
Are you ready to face the coming end-times tribulation that Jesus told us Christians will endure prior to His return to put things right? You will not be unless you understand who your enemy really is and put on the full armour of God.
Extracts from the article Shielded by God by Jack Wellman May 8th, 2019