The Whole Armor of God
New Living Translation (NLT)
The Whole Armor of God
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[b] 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.[c] 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ever wonder why we need a hero? We get ourselves into so many messes that we are searching for a hero around every corner. We seek to find safety and claim we are in need of rescue. We cry out in desperation for a hero to coming running to us where ever we are at. Well, let me intrigue into this thought process for a moment….do we really want a hero? A super hero as defined in society as someone with a secret identity who swings in and saves the day just in the nick of time. Superman is Clark Kent and then there is Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk and countless other hero’s running around to save the day. Why do they stay covered up until they are needed? I began to ponder this very question the other day and I have a different perspective as God revealed some truth to me about heroes.
What if instead of needing a hero to save us from the latest disaster we are in, we look to a knight? I knight who is continually equipped for battle and does not have to “change” his appearance before moving on our behalf? Why not a knight in shining armor instead of a super hero? A super hero comes to save the day, but a knight stays with you to protect you, almost foreseeing the needs you have. A super hero has fancy words to say and displays of grandeur while the knight is steadfast and held together by the Word of God Himself. Heroes are created and knights are anointed.
In my opinion we should be able to visibly see the source of our help, not have to search it out. We should be able to be at peace, knowing the knight is diligent and not in need of being called out. As we explore Ephesians 6, we can see how solidly put together the armor is which protects the knight who is protecting us from harm. Shiny not flashy. Calm not flamboyant. Fruitful not flighty. When the battle is over, the knight remains. He does not run off into the night or fly to the nearest phone booth to assume his fake identity. The knight is real. The knight does not falter. The knight is steadfast and true to his purpose.
Now, please do not take me wrong in this thinking, it is just something I felt was revealed to be. I know this world is filled with actually heroes such as fireman and medical professionals. Those people deserve knighthood. I am merely talking about the made up ones we have in society. Sometimes we get caught up in the heroics and we forget to believe in the power of God’s protection. We are so desperate for attention in the moment of our pain, that we just want a quick fix so that it will go away for awhile. When we look to the knight instead of searching for a super hero, we become so at peace that there is no need for crying out; for we have discovered there is truth to the armor of God. In my personal walk right now, I desire the Knight in Shining Armor to the Super Hero for I need the steadfast love and the endurance rather than the quick fix in the night.
So when you find yourself in desperation, ask yourself this question: Do I really need a Super Hero or do I just need the Word of God to wrap around me for protection? If you choose the later, then you will find your Knight.