Do you sometimes question how the armor of God will provide protection for you in a world that is fraught with wars, natural disasters, and economic factors beyond your control? The world is full of danger and try as we may, we cannot always protect ourselves. We need God.
A key, well-known scripture is Ephesians 6:10-18 which talks of the armor of God. God’s word in this passage is to encourage and promise us that His protection is readily available, but that we need to do our bit as well.
The scriptures are not a guarantee that we will never face adversity. In fact, the more we are for God, the more the enemy is likely to attack us. There are also times when God Himself allows us to experience a season of trial in order to prepare us for what lies ahead. No matter the reason, hardship is inevitable in this life.
How do we do our part to ensure God is with us? What are these weapons we wage war with? Our best line of defense is preparation. The battles we fight on a daily basis are spiritual and for this, we must be ready as the Bible explains in Ephesians 6:10-18.
… with the belt of truth
When facing decisions, revert to the Bible for guidance. The enemy will use lies which may sound like the truth but only genuine truth will prevail. Going against God’s word and leaning on our own judgment and understanding can lead to calamity. Stand firm on God’s word and do not be deterred. Study the scriptures as this knowledge will protect us from many calamities.
… with the breastplate of righteousness
The breastplate guards the heart, the emotions. This is where we trust, experience anger, feel hurt and battle issues of self-worth. Live a life that abounds with the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. When we lead righteous lives, God protects us in heart matters.
… feet fitted with readiness
Be eager to walk where God wants us to go in order to spread the good news of His love for mankind. He will protect your way.
… the shield of faith
Trust God and build your faith daily so that when you are weak, your faith is strong. The shield of faith wards off those attacks that so easily destroy our belief. When we take a small step of faith, God reinforces it with His mighty strength. He will come through for you, you need only turn to Him and trust.
… the helmet of salvation
Know and believe that we are all saved by the blood of Jesus Christ who died for us, so that we may have eternal life.
… the sword
The sword is the Spirit, the word of God and our most powerful weapon. Listen for God’s voice and follow His command.
If we follow this advice and put on the FULL armor of God in preparation, God will be there to guide and protect you against the schemes of the enemy.
Life without the armor of God
There was a time when I relied mostly on my own strength and ability to protect my kids, my home, my finances, and my future. When life went wrong, I stressed and panicked because I doubted myself. Of course I did. It was only as I leaned into God more, put on His armor and learned to trust Him for His protection that I could face life’s challenges with peace.
People pick up on that peace and calmness. It isn’t me, it is God’s overwhelming all-encompassing peace that comes from knowing that He is there to watch over our every move.
As I grew in faith and closer to God, His protection became evident.
Learn to hear and respond to God’s voice
One such instance of God’s protection occurred one night many years ago as I traveled home from work.
I left late, I was far from home and it had been a long day. A storm raged overhead and I felt unsettled as I climbed into my car. A loud clap of thunder scared the wits out of me. Usually a calm person, the storm left me shaken, and as I sat in the driver’s seat I prayed, “Lord please protect me on the way home. Keep me safe on the road tonight, in Jesus name I pray.” His peace came over me immediately and calmed my jagged nerves. Eager to get home, I started the car and drove off towards the freeway.
The rain beat down on the car and visibility was poor. As I drove down the on-ramp in a remote area, a loud bang startled me. A rattle in the engine followed immediately afterward and gave me an even bigger scare. My heart pounded.
“Calm down Kerry, it’s only thunder and probably a stone thrown up from the road.” I prayed again for God’s peace and soon felt calmer. The rest of the trip was without incident but it was a tense drive nevertheless.
A close shave
The following morning I walked out to the car with my father and he pointed to a hole in my bonnet.
“Where did that come from?” he asked.
“I’m not sure. I never noticed it.” Confused, we looked around and on further examination, discovered the trajectory of a bullet that had missed my tyre by millimeters. The bullet was fired from the ground upwards, it penetrated the wheel guard, the battery and the bonnet. The load bang I heard was the gunfire, the rattle in the bonnet, the bullet as it met with resistance from the bonnet and fell back into the engine. Straight away, I was reminded of God’s prompting to pray for protection and the peace that followed.
A split second’s difference and the bullet would have penetrated my car door. The outcome would have been totally different. I still shudder to think what might have happened had I been hit by the bullet. Or if I had stopped on the side of the road because of a puncture.
I have no doubt that it was God’s hand that protected me that night. It is in these moments faith is built. We experience the loving heart of our Father as He watches over us. Increased faith enables us to live in the absolute certainty of God’s protection and provision.
The armor of God provides protection for our loved ones
I often feel led to pray for the protection of a loved one. Each time, within days, God’s hand of protection is revealed. The more I prepare with the armor of God, the more I see evidence of His protection.
On another occasion, as I relaxed in the bath, I suddenly had a vivid picture of my son with a gun firing next to his head. It freaked me out and straight away, I prayed for protection over him. 3 Days later he was at a restaurant when an armed robbery took place. The robbers fired a gun across the room, right next to him.
But for God’s protection.
God’s protection in the midst of danger
Has fear become your companion? It can happen when we face daily threats to our safety. If you are worn out from living in the shadow of fear, put on the armor of God. You can read more about Overcoming Fear in this blog post here.
The armor of God provides protection, but we have to put it on ourselves. God doesn’t do that for us.
Immerse yourself in the words of Psalm 91 and take courage. God protects those who love Him.
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