The following is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, PUT ON YOUR GLOVES: The 5 Battles Every Christian Must Win. Follow this link to obtain your copy of PUT ON YOUR GLOVES today.
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:11-12
All this talk about battle requires me to address one very important element of training, which is how to dress properly.
Of course I’m not talking about putting on a pair of pants. I’m talking about getting dressed for battle with an enemy that you can’t see. That takes a different uniform all together.
When we prepare for war with our enemy, we must remember that although part of this battle is taking place on earth, its origin is in the spiritual realm, meaning we have to dress for a spiritual battle.
Ephesians 6:11-18 outlines what we need to be properly dressed for these battles:
LOINS-TRUTH vs. 14
Simply put, loins are the area of our bodies that deal with reproduction. We are to reproduce the truth of God’s Word in our society in the dispensation in which we live.
Being dressed with truth is what will keep you steady during these battles. Yes, we have a ton of options when it comes to facts, but we don’t function in the facts, we derive our guidance on a different realm.
“…thy word oh Lord is truth.” Psalm 119:160
Knowing the Word of God will keep you adequately dressed for the fight. We see the effectiveness of knowing the Word of God and putting it to action in Matthew 4:4 – “It is written…” The only way to fight the enemy is with the Word of Truth, just like Jesus did.
BREASTPLATE-RIGHTEOUSNESS vs. 14
The vital function of the breastplate in war is to protect the torso from injury. The torso is one of the most vulnerable areas of the body because so many major organs are located there.
“Righteousness exalts a nation…” Proverbs 14:34
Jesus secured our righteousness through His shed blood. We get to partake of His righteousness when come under His lordship. Part of our salvation is taking on the right-standing with the Father that was paid in the process of our new creation citizenship. God is not holding anything against us, because of the righteousness that Jesus secured for us.
You can go into battle with the peace of right-standing with God through any maneuver or tactic that the enemy tries to send your way. You are righteous in Christ. You don’t have to hold your breath, wondering what God is thinking towards you.
The Bible announces that His thoughts towards us are good, not evil, to bring us to an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)
The accuser will work to take your eyes off of that truth. You are righteous. Don’t let him steal that assurance from you. It can be just that weakness that he needs to attack you as your torso is unprotected.
Remember to put on your breastplate of righteousness.
FEET-GOSPEL OF PEACE vs. 15
Have your feet covered with the good news of peace. What a powerful position! God is covering our feet so that as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, (which is what these battles may feel like at times), we don’t have to fear any evil thing. Not only is He with us, our feet or the vehicle of our movements are that of peace. Knowing that we can be at peace in the good news of the gospel, that God is at peace with us and therefore, we are at peace with Him.
Carrying that message to the world requires a steady foot, strong steps and a courageous balance. Our feet are to be covered, so that we aren’t tripped up in battle. When peace is present there is comfort and clarity, no matter what confusion or violence is around us.
He gave us shoes for the battle, the gospel of peace.
SHIELD-FAITH vs. 16
Earlier in these pages we discussed faith as a battleground; a fight that you must win. But faith has another side to it. That same faith that you are battling over is also a shield about you.
Your faith will keep the arrows of fire from penetrating you, as you walk through diverse temptations.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 ESV
Your faith is going to produce a steadfastness that is necessary for various trials (battles) that you might face. God is a shield about us and so He gives us faith as a weapon in these battles that we must win.
HEAD-HELMET OF SALVATION vs. 17
I think the helmet of salvation is my favorite article of my uniform, because I understand that our minds can be a battlefield for the enemy’s attack. When we accepted Jesus, salvation included the covering of the mind. You don’t have to go crazy or have a nervous breakdown. God has provided for you a helmet that protects your mind from being taken by the demonic forces, if you will put your helmet on.
The helmet helps us to remember whose we are. That headpiece protects and helps bring to our remembrance the verses of scripture that need to be applied at different points in the fight.
Don’t forget your helmet, because when the head is cut off, the body has no choice but to follow. Just think about Goliath. David knew he had to cut off the head as a symbol that everything else about Goliath’s stature was ineffective. If the enemy can cut off your head, he can take control of your body.
Whatever you do, don’t forget your helmet.
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT-THE WORD OF GOD vs. 17
…you must become like a skilled surgeon when it comes to the Word of God.
Of all the battle gear discussed, your sword is the only offensive component mentioned. The Bible refers to the Word of God as two-edged sword in two distinct places.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
“In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.” Revelation 1:16 NKJV
Both of these verses tell us how sharp the sword of God really is. It can divide something that seems indivisible from a human standpoint. Who can divide the thoughts and intents of a person’s heart, but God?
As John sees Jesus in Revelation, he sees a two-edged sword coming out of His mouth, which is the Word of God. Isn’t it marvelous that we have been left with a weapon that is so precise that every battle and enemy can be subdued with the Sword of the Spirit? Only the Spirit of God can train and teach us how and when to maneuver such a powerful weapon!
Getting dressed for battle is a daily action that every believer must complete during our time of prayer and devotion to God. We must understand not only how crucial it is to be trained by our apostles and other leadership, but we must also take it upon ourselves to stand before God in prayer and submission as we seek to be dressed daily for the battles that lie ahead of us.
My prayer is that you will no longer sit on the sidelines while you act as a spectator in the battles raging on in our society and world. No longer can you, as a warrior in the faith, sit back comfortable and secure as long as your family is not affected. Because if one saint is battling, then we need all hands on deck until the enemies of God have been subdued and rendered helpless.
You have been enlisted, it’s your time to get dressed and ready for your station. Whether you like it or not, you’ve been called to ‘active duty’ and you’ve got some battles to win!
What you just read is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, PUT ON YOUR GLOVES: The 5 Battles Every Christian Must Win. Follow this link to obtain your copy of PUT ON YOUR GLOVES today.