June 17 2021 – Ephesians 6:10-20 – The Gospel of Peace

We continue to look at the armor of God in Ephesians 6: 10-20

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

Today we are going to continue our walk through the armor of God.  When I think of the armor of God, the first thing I always think about was one of my childhood pastors doing a children’s moment on it, and he had his son dressed in the “armor” of a Roman soldier.  He walked us through each part of the armor and how they worked and how they would protect us in spiritual warfare. 

I remember the shoes (or sandals) of the Gospel and how they would have protected the soldier and allowed them to walk many miles in their mission. Without our feet covered and protected, we can’t move for the Gospel, we can’t make efforts, we can’t be effective. 

I think, though, what is interesting when we look at the passage, what is important is not what we are wearing (Put on whatever will make you ready) but what it is that we are doing – proclaiming the gospel (Good News) of peace (the peace that comes from living under the Lordship of Jesus).  In other words, the devil can’t hit a moving target.  

If we are working for the kingdom, living out the Gospel, working for Jesus, then the devil will not have the same ability to hit us with his attacks.  In other words, if we are under spiritual attack, if the devil is working against us, one of the greatest tools we have at our disposal is to be at work, sharing the good news of Jesus.  When we are working, sharing, giving, teaching, witnesses, being salt and light for Jesus, we are a lot harder to attack and bring down. 

If you are under spiritual attack today, serve someone. Share the good news. Work for the kingdom.  Love, serve, care.  Be active with the Gospel. And the devil won’t be able to even hit you.  

It’s hard to hit a moving target.  

Tomorrow we’ll continue with Ephesians 6: 10-20

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