“You are in the army now.” Let the words echo around your heart, your spirit and your mind. As a child of the King of kings, you have been drafted into the Army of God. In all honesty, you have enlisted for the duration of your life, whether it is 10, 20 or 40 years. You are and will be a soldier in His army. The great thing is you are in this army and the provisions are fantastic.
You have been given the perfect armor for the battles you will face. You are to gird your loins with the belt of truth – not your truth or your neighbor’s truth, but the truth of the Word of God. The deeper you dig into the Word, more strength your armor will be. The belt of truth is vital in this day and time. Then you get to wear the breastplate of righteousness. Thank goodness, we are covered with the righteousness of the Lord and not our own. The enemy will throw accusations, reminders of our failures and past trying to discourage and bring us down. Yet with the breastplate of righteousness, His righteousness we can see beyond our past. Our past has been covered by His blood and is in the past.
Next are your shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace. Every step you make is ordered by the Lord and He will lead and direct your journey. Next grab up your shield of faith. This part of the armor covers our heart and is able to deflect the fiery darts of the enemy. Now the ‘darts’ aren’t like the small pointy darts of a board game. The enemy of our soul is launching intercontinental ballistic missiles, or in his case – inter-kingdom long range missiles. He is determined to bring each one of us down. But through the righteousness of the Lord is more powerful than anything the enemy could possible throw at us.
Your helmet of salvation protects your brain. How many times, have you been defeated by the words of another, or even words that you have spoken in your head? Or maybe your problem has been allowing your imagination to control your actions with all the “what ifs!” As you learn to put on your helmet of salvation, I pray that you also learn to allow the Lord’s truth to fill your thoughts. Now it’s time to pick up our sword of the Spirit and fight against our enemy with the Word of God. His Word is more powerful than anything that the devil or any enemy can bring against us. It’s not by our might or our power but by the Word of God. It’s not even our battle – the battle is the Lord’s
Defeat is NOT an option, and retreat is not an answer. You might fall, or even get wounded, and at times ‘friendly’ fire might get you. However, after a time of healing you will, can and must get back up, get back into your unit and pick up arms against the enemy once more. As you rise from the ashes of past failures or wounds, begin picking up His armor and prepare yourself once more for the battle. Isaiah 52:12 For you shall not go out with haste, Nor go by flight; For the LORD will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Stand ready, stand prepared for battle knowing that the Lord will be with you every step of the way. He will direct your path and He will protect your back. Stand strong! For the Lord is mighty in battle!