Dressed for Battle

© E. E. Perry 2001
"Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes" (Ephesians 6:11).

In the late summer of 1986, I arrived at my first active duty station, Pioneer Kaserne in Hanau, Germany. My first week in country consisted of briefings and paperwork. Along the way, we picked up our field gear. The field gear was different than the gear I had in training. They gave me a wet weather suit for Germany's rainy spring and fall. They gave me a cold weather parka, pants and boots for Germany's bitter cold winters.

Soldiers receive specialized equipment to help them survive warfare. With every duty station, the field gear changes to match the environment. Field gear at Fort Hood, Texas helps with the hot weather. Field gear in South Korea helps with the hot tropical summer and the bitter cold winter.

God has given us specialized equipment to help us survive spiritual warfare. Our specialized equipment is called the Armour of God. The Apostle Paul encourages us to put on the whole armour. The phrase "whole armour" is from the Greek word panoplia [pan-op-lee'-ah], which is the compound of pas (all, whole, complete) and hoplon [hop-lon] (tools of war). Paul tells us God has given us all the tools we need for spiritual battle.

As a soldier, I was told the failure to wear my equipment could leave me dead on the battlefield. I was told nightmare stories about soldiers loosing their lives because they failed to wear their protective equipment.

Christians who fail to put on the Armour of God increase their chances of failure in spiritual battle. Because they are not wearing their defensive equipment, Satan is able to sneak into their lives and wreck havoc. They do not know their weapons and are unable to use them correctly.

When you see a soldier, you know him by his uniform. Civilians may wear bits and pieces of the uniform, but a soldier wears the complete uniform, identifying him as a soldier.

Christians are also known by the uniform they wear. "Let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light" (Romans 13:12). When a Christian puts on the armour of light, it is seen by others. Their conduct and attitude revel them as Christians. Christians not wearing the armour are not easily identified, even by their own.

Satan is out to attack Christians. He has schemes designed to bring them down. Unless the Christian is fully dressed in his armour, he does not stand a chance against an enemy as powerful as Satan. The Apostle Peter gave this warning: "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).

With the armour God gives us, Christians are able to stand up against the schemes of the devil, but we must put it on. Put it all on.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission.

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