Managing Battle with the Armor of God


Except we’re hermits, we see and talk with different individuals practically day by day of our lives. A few of {our relationships} are robust and wholesome, whereas others are stuffed with frequent unhealthy interactions. However each human connection, even our greatest ones, carries the potential for battle. Whereas most of us would favor to keep away from disagreeable confrontations, we are able to handle conflicts in a wholesome method with the Armor of God.

Overview of Ephesians

Though we regularly give attention to how united the early Christian Church was (Acts 4:32), we might neglect they had been additionally a various group of people from varied cultural, spiritual, and financial backgrounds. Most of Paul’s letters to the church buildings embody passages the place he urged the believers to recollect their unity and oneness in Christ. Ephesians, the letter by which we discover the Armor of God passage, is not any completely different.

Paul addressed his letter to “the saints who’re at Ephesus who’re trustworthy in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 1:1). In different phrases, he was writing to fellow believers in Christ. He then:

—1:3-2:10: Described what God/Christ has carried out for us. 

—2:11-3:30 Emphasised how God introduced the Gentiles into His covenant and united Jews and Gentiles into one physique of religion. 

—4:1-5:5: Urged the various group of believers to be united in Christ by:

  • Placing away any ideas and behaviors which are dangerous to others and aren’t of God. 
  • Renewing the spirit of their minds and placing on the brand new self God gave them once they believed.
  • Considering and behaving in a righteous and loving method towards each other. 

—5:6-18: Cautioned them to be smart and never deceived by anybody who would possibly attempt to lead them away from God.

—5:19-6:9: Implored them to deal with each other with love and respect, giving particular examples of a few of these relationships (husbands and wives, youngsters and fogeys, slaves and masters).  

In his conclusion, Paul used the analogy of armor as a technique to reveal how individuals can stand agency towards the satan and something which may search to derail them from their stroll with God. 

“Lastly, be robust within the Lord and within the energy of His would possibly. Placed on the complete armor of God, in order that it is possible for you to to face agency towards the schemes of the satan” (Ephesians 6:10-11, NASB).

One of many best issues that may trigger us to falter in our stroll with God is battle with different individuals. 

Who’s Your Opponent? 

The very first thing we have to keep in mind when disputes come up is that our true struggle isn’t towards different individuals. “For our battle is just not towards flesh and blood, however towards the rulers, towards the powers, towards the world forces of this darkness, towards the religious forces of wickedness within the heavenly locations” (Ephesians 6:12, NASB).

People could also be a handy device Devil makes use of to perform his ends, however he’s all the time the true enemy. Remembering this allows us to like the one we’re at odds with and forces us to look past the floor to find and cope with the precise supply of the dispute. Are we coping with a sin problem in a single or each of our lives? Is it a case of confusion or miscommunication? Of worry or insecurity? 

Devil loves division, particularly amongst believers. The worst-case state of affairs for him is for us to be united with God towards him. His most profitable tactic is division.

Objective of the Armor

The armor of God isn’t given to us to slay our human opponents or to win arguments. As an alternative, we’re to placed on this armor “in order that it is possible for you to to face agency towards the schemes of the satan” (Ephesians 6:11) and “in order that it is possible for you to to withstand within the evil day, and having carried out every thing, to face agency” (Ephesians 6:13).

By way of battle administration, we have to stand agency in our unity with God and each other and towards Devil’s makes an attempt to divide us. This doesn’t imply we should all the time agree, however that, to the perfect of our means, we have to discover ways to deal with disputes in a method that honors God and one another.

Belt of Reality

Verse 14: “having girded your loins with fact”

The belt in a soldier’s armor held his tunic and different items of armor collectively and carried his weapons. With out this belt, his protecting go well with would disintegrate, and he’d be with out the means to both assault or defend himself. 

Reality is important after we’re confronted with battle. The tough half is that we don’t all the time know the complete fact of the scenario we’re coping with. 

For instance:

—What problem is admittedly inflicting the dispute?

—What can we really assume and really feel in regards to the problem and the opposite particular person? The place do these ideas and emotions stem from? 

—What’s the different particular person pondering and feeling about us and the difficulty? The place are their ideas and emotions stemming from?

—What Truths from God’s Phrase will help us discern and work by way of the issues earlier than us?

It’s straightforward to make inaccurate assumptions and consider Devil’s lies about different individuals’s ideas and motivations. We’d like God’s assist to allow us to discern the reality about our hearts and to look out the complete nature of the scenario we’re confronted with. If we’re armed with God’s fact and might uncover the muse of the human battle, we’re on secure floor to start working by way of it.

Breastplate of Righteousness

Verse 14: “and having placed on the breastplate of righteousness”

The breastplate protected the center and different important organs. Righteousness, the act of doing what is correct within the eyes of God, begins within the coronary heart and is evidenced by way of our actions. Due to what Christ did – due to His righteousness and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives – we’re capable of need to do what is sweet and truly comply with by way of.

Once we’re within the midst of battle, we have to ask God to guard us by guaranteeing that, to the perfect of our data and talent, our coronary heart is ready on doing His will and that our speech and conduct align accordingly.

Footwear of Peace

Verse 15: “and having shod your toes with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

Our toes maintain up the remainder of our our bodies. They set up our velocity and course. The footwear of peace defend them. Suppose you translate this passage in keeping with the literal Greek meanings. In that case, it reads, “and (kai) to place footwear on (upodasamenoi) the foot (podas) with (en) the state of being prepared for motion (etoimasia) the excellent news (euayyelion) of peace (eirana).” 

When going through battle, we’d like to verify our stroll with God is firmly established in His peace and that we’re keen to work to determine His peace with the opposite particular person.

Defend of Religion

Verse 16: “along with all, taking on the defend of religion with which it is possible for you to to extinguish all of the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

Devil desires nothing greater than to destroy our relationship with God. He tries to influence us to doubt God’s Phrase, the Bible, seeks to persuade us to mistreat and misjudge one another, and does every thing he can to create division between believers who’re strengthening each other. Top-of-the-line methods to face agency towards Devil’s ways is to belief and maintain onto our perception in God—to carry up the defend of religion.

Battle, particularly when it’s with somebody we care about, has the potential to trigger us to query every thing. Whereas it’s good to hunt solutions, we have to stand agency in what we all know is true: God loves us, is with us, and is combating for us. Though not each battle, even the best-managed ones, will lead to godly reconciliation, we are able to take consolation in figuring out that no matter the way it seems, God’s love and presence stay fixed. A wounded relationship with an individual doesn’t essentially equate to a wounded relationship with God. Our religion ought to all the time be in God, not within the human relationship.

Helmet of Salvation

Verse 17: “And take the helmet of salvation”

The helmet protects the command heart of our physique: the place the place we expect, course of, and make choices. When God saved us, He gave us a brand new, renewed thoughts and spirit. His salvation allows us to assume in keeping with His methods with His knowledge moderately than the world’s knowledge. Our renewed thoughts permits us, as Romans 12:2 says, to “show what the desire of God is, that which is sweet and acceptable and excellent.”

Managing battle in a godly method requires us to comply with God’s knowledge. This consists of, as Paul said earlier within the letter, placing away bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and slander (Ephesians 4:31). God’s salvation protects and allows us to do that. 

Sword of the Spirit

Verse 17: “and the sword of the Spirit, which is the phrase of God.”

Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “the phrase of God resides and lively and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing so far as the division of soul and spirit, of each joints and marrow, and capable of choose the ideas and intentions of the center” (NASB).

When confronted with battle, we should guarantee we don’t misuse and misread scripture in order that it assaults our human opponent. Somewhat, when utilized rightly, God’s Phrase pierces by way of Devil’s assaults with poignant fact. This sword additionally brings readability to our ideas and motivations and doesn’t all the time really feel nice when it does. It’s painful to see our sins and failings and could be equally so to have the ideas and intentions of our hearts rightly judged. However as disagreeable as that is, we are able to’t right a fault we don’t know exists. 

On this method, the sword of the Spirit is dying to darkness however life to these of us who comply with God and belief Him with our therapeutic. If our hearts are keen, rightly looking for and talking God’s Phrase amid battle can carry each events nearer to God and one another. 

Pray Pray Pray

And at last, after we’re confronted with battle, we must be consistently praying for ourselves and for the one with whom we’re at odds. 

Verse 18: “With all prayer and petition pray always within the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all of the saints.”

So long as there are individuals, there might be battle. Whereas some disagreements could be labored out, so the connection is strengthened by way of the trial, not each try to handle relational issues leads to decision and reconciliation. However moderately than keep away from confrontation in any respect prices, as a few of us might want to do, we are able to relaxation within the assurance that with God’s assist, with His armor, we are able to face it with out worry, figuring out He’s in management, that He loves us, and is with us by way of all of it, irrespective of the result.

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Jenny Fulton is a spouse, mom, author, and member of Wholly Liked Ministries who enjoys learning God’s Phrase and sharing what she has discovered with others. She is the creator of Princess Lillian and Grandpa’s Goodbye, A Princess’ Information to the Alphabet, and Striving for Unity: a Research on 1 Corinthians (upcoming launch). An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Jenny developed a eager curiosity in language and cultures. In 2007, she graduated from Grace College with a B.S. in Bible, a B.S. in elementary training, and an endorsement in Ok-12 ESL. For the subsequent seven years, Jenny labored as a instructor in a wide range of cultural and academic settings, each overseas and in america. Her days are actually spent elevating her three younger daughters and writing as a lot as time and alternative permits.