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Don't Forget Your Armor

 My wife and I are fans of the video game Skyrim. For those of you that aren’t as nerdy as us, Skyrim is a medieval fantasy game in the vein of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. In the game, your character fights in battles, goes on adventures, and, well, does whatever you want. There’s one thing I’ve learned in the game though- don’t get caught without your armor (or robes!) on. Without armor, you will be totally defenseless against bandits, dragons, wolves, or whatever else. 

The same is true in the Christian life. There is an enemy that is seeking to destroy our faith (1st Peter 5:8), and he will stop at nothing to ruin your faith, your marriage, your friendships, and ultimately, your life. He will tempt you, accuse your conscience, bring painful circumstances into your life, and do whatever he can to get you to dishonor Christ and be ineffective for Him. So what do we need to know? 

Don’t forget your armor.

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). 

In this post, I want to encourage you to put on the “breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14). In the ancient world, the breastplate was usually a tough, sleeveless piece of leather or heavy material with an animal horn or hoof pieces sewn on, covering the soldier’s full torso, protecting his heart and other vital organs. The breastplate was for the protection of what is most vital to the life of the soldier. In the Christian life, holiness is what marks a believer in Jesus (1 Peter 1:16). We are called to be holy as God is holy. Lives of blood-bought, Spirit-wrought holiness that comes through our union with Christ is a vital part of our protection against the schemes of the devil. When we are caught without our breastplate of righteousness, we leave ourselves wide open for Satan to work to destroy us. 

So my exhortation to you, believer in Jesus Christ, is to daily put on the breastplate of righteousness. God has freed you from the penalty of your sin through Jesus (Romans 8:1), and it is now His will that you be sanctified (1st Thessalonians 4:3). We are the most vulnerable to the assaults of Satan when we are lazy in our pursuit of holiness. So don’t forget your armor. “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12). 

 

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