We awoke this morning surrounded by the vastness of the open wheat-fields of Cambridgeshire, just north of Horningsea. I have felt the need to reread Ephesians 6:10 – 17. That great passage commonly known as “The Armour of God“ for extra protection, as fellowship is limited.
It is normally taught that there are 6 items of armoury, but actually there are 7. The perfect number, as the apostle Paul says in Ephesians 6:11, “ Put on the whole armour of God… ,“ and again in 6:13 “ Take up the whole armour of God…,”
No 1, The belt of Truth. 6:14, “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth.” We put on truth for our own sanctification and deliverance as well for those that we witness to. Remember, Satan is“ the father of lies.” John 8:44
No 2, The breastplate of righteousness v14. The breastplate covers the heart, it is vital that we protect our heart. The righteousness of Christ, imputed by God, received by us through faith.
No 3, Feet. v 15. “ having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace .”Our feet need protection on the new ground we make in search of souls, as we press forward, with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
No 4, The shield of Faith. v16. “taking the shield of Faith with you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy. ”Faith like a shield is our first line of defense, if we use our faith in Christ first, there is no pain , no scar.
No 5, The helmet of salvation. v17. The helmet protects our minds, which is vital for the ongoing battle ahead. We can keep a sound mind which won’t be swayed, firmly on the Gospel.
No 6, The sword of the Spirit. v17. Which is the Word of God. All other parts of the armour are defensive, this can defend or attack. Jesus, when tempted, only used the Word of God to defeat the enemy. In Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.”
No 7.Prayer. v18. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” So prayer is inclusive of the Whole Armour of God… The very fabric that holds the armour together. We can do nothing without prayer and supplication.
God bless in Jesus mighty name!
This afternoon was another bicycle ride across the fields and into the little village of Waterbeach, where giant weeping willow trees dip their giant boughs into the River Cam.
proudly displays a simple sign above its doors , “ Looking to Christ reaching out to people.”
Bertie had a swell time too!