In the Old Testament we see armor-bearers standing beside kings and mighty men as faithful servants. It was a trusted position and an honor. In the New Testament, we are told to put on the whole armor of God.
While it is an honor to stand next to a fellow Christian holding them up in prayer and giving them encouragement, we are also told to put on the armor in order that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. We are to put on the whole armor praying always for all the saints.
Wearing our armor doesn’t mean no longer encouraging or lifting others up in prayer. In contrast, it gives us the ability to stand strong so that we can resist Satan and continue to pray and persevere.
Sometimes I think we are dragging around our armor -- the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit – instead of putting it on. We know the truth, we know we are righteous in Christ, we know the gospel of peace, we know we have a shield of faith, we relax in our salvation, and we occasionally pick up our sword and read it. But are we standing strong?
Romans says to put on the armor of light; to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians says to put on the whole armor of God. So when are we going to stop carrying around the Word of God and actually put it on?
Filling your spiritual jewelry box is more than just reading the Bible and memorizing scripture. It’s opening your heart to what God has to say to you through His Word. Open it, read it, listen to God, and then put it on every day. Don’t just carry it around. Wear it.
It’s a spiritual battle, and with the armor of God, you’ve got this!