Paul doesn’t waste any time in spelling out the nature of the armor you have for spiritual warfare. It’s the full armor of God” ( Ephesians 6:11 ). The armor is something God gives us, not something we put together on our own. But before Paul gets to the armor, he gives us an important exhortation: Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might” ( v. 10 ). Do you know what this says ? This says the battle is the Lord’s , not yours. That’s what this entire book is designed to communicate to you. Be strong in the Lord is a passive command. That means God supplies the strength, not you. It’s His battle. Your job is to put on the armor He supplies, to dress for success. Many big corporations like IBM used to have pretty strict dress codes because the company wanted its employees to have a certain look the company believed was critical for business success. Seminars teach business people how to dress for success, how to wear the kind of clothes that make the right impression and get the job done. Well, if you want to get the job done in spiritual warfare, you have to dress for spiritual success. You must put on the armor of God. ( Ephesians 6:11 ). The armor is all from God. Our job is to dress up in Jesus every day.That’s exactly what Paul says in ( Romans 13:11-14 ). He tells us to wake up from our spiritual sleep and put on the armor of light” ( v.11-12 ). What is the armor of light? Paul explains in verse 14 When he says, put on the Lord Jesus Christ. so if you want to dress for success in spiritual warfare, put on Jesus when you get up every morning. one reason children love Halloween is that they can get to dress up like somebody else, usually somebody famous or powerful or scary or someone they have dreamed of being. Kids enjoy the idea of looking like someone else because it gives them the chance to feel and act like the person they are portraying. Paul says that we are to dress up to look like Jesus every day of our lives. But this isn’t a children’s masquerade. This is reality; This is spiritual war. We need to dress up in Jesus because the devil isn’t one bit scared of you and me. The only person who have ever scared the devil is Jesus Christ. So put on your Jesus outfit , and the devil won’t be able to hang with you. tune in next week for some more of god’s powerful word.
I’m told that many years ago, when the staff of a mental hospital wanted to evaluate patients for possible released, one of the tests they gave was to take a patient to a janitor’s closet. There the patient found the water running and overflowing the sink because the sink had been plugged up. The person was given a mop and told to clean up the mess. The staff wanted to see whether the patient would simply try to mop up the overflowing water, or deal with the root problem by turning off the spigot. The patient’s response told the staff whether this person was in touch with reality or not, and therefore was or was not ready to be released. Anyone who is in touch with reality knows that you can’t mop up a mess when the source of the mess has not been dealt with. What I have been trying to do is put you in touch with the reality of spiritual warfare. My purpose is that you won’t waste your time trying to mop up your circumstances, When God has given you all the spiritual authority you need to address the root cause of the circumstances. If you want to change the fruit, you must first address the root. In the language of our illustration, I want to help you quit simply mopping up the overflow. I want to show you how to turn off the spigot and start getting things cleaned up. Or to change the imagery, I want to help equip you with the weapons of your authority, The full armor of God. To do that, we are going to unfold ( Ephesians 6: 10-17, one of the foundational passages on spiritual warfare that we referred to and alluded to many times already. In exploring these great verses, I want to talk about the nature of your armor, and the names of the pieces of your armor. Tune in next sunday, and the following Sunday’s to learn about the pieces of this great armor.