If you are a policeman there is a certain uniform that you are required to wear and some mandatory equipment that will protect you in case of trouble. It is also worn so that people will know that you are in authority and available to help in case there is a need. In the worst case you may need a bullet proof vest. If you are a football player you must have a distinctive uniform so that you can recognize others on your team. In addition you must wear various padding and a helmet for protection. If you are a race car driver it is essential that you have a fireproof suit and helmet for protection in case of a crash. If you are a soldier it would be utterly ridiculous to go into battle without a uniform and certain armour. These examples are the simplest form of common sense and are accepted by all participants without question.

In the spiritual world, Ephesians chapter six very specifically lists the armour that the Christian must wear in order to weather the storms of life and fellowship with God, but for some reason they are not often taken as seriously as they should. They are TRUTH, RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, FAITH, PRAYER and the WORD OF GOD. These are the armour of God. Everyone experiences trials in life and they are virtually all a result of a lack of spiritual armour. If you are not truthful you will eventually pay a price. If you not seek peace you will experience unnecessary battles. If you don’t have faith in every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God you will not know God and be led by Him. And if you do not persevere in “prayer without ceasing” you eliminate the protection God offers.

When the troubles of life come, it is our human nature to try harder, in our own strength, to overcome the problem and sometimes, when things are bad enough we even resort to prayer. It shouldn’t be that way! The first thing we should do is to examine which of the “Armour of God” we have neglected and what the Lord is saying to us. Paul concludes after listing the armour of God in verse 19 that it is in order that we may speak more boldly the “Mystery of the Gospel”.

Are there troubles in your life? Examine your armour!

Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before… (Onward Christian Soldiers)