The Armor of God

Ephesians 6: 10-18 calls us to put on the Armor of God:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (NIV)

Choosing offense or defense in our daily walk is an interesting concept I had not considered until recently.  I had the very fortunate opportunity to join over 400 men on a men’s retreat not too long ago and learned some important leadership techniques that I not only began to implement in my personal life, but chose to begin using them in my professional life as well.  God calls us to not only be on the defensive and protect our hearts, but we must be prepared to go on the offensive as well.  By being on the offense, we do not attack others, but we do not continuously take blows and stand firm in my faith.  We must be prepared to live each day being ready to share our faith and the Word whenever possible as well as be a light that others can turn to.  As a leader, we are always out in front of everyone and need to be prepared to not only speak truth, we must also be prepared for the attack and handle it with grace and strength no matter how difficult it may be.

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  1. Tinker says:

    I like this passage which reminds us that we cannot stand on our own two feet and must rely on God. We should not let our guard down on our daily actions, thoughts and conversations. The stronger your faith the stronger the armor of God.

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  5. Cary Carroll says:

    Leadership requires both offense and defense at the core. All the O. T. leaders were all defensive at first before accepting God’s plan of leadership upon them. I believe those defensive mechanisms hardened them to take a stand firm as they began growing in their faith. Then they had to learn the offense mechanism through trials and prayerful living until it came natural to them. Leaders are not going to ever “get their way” just by stepping into a room or taking over a project. It is more of an on the job training for leaders to know when to be defensive and pray for God to fasten His armor on all of us for battles we must fight. I have learned through office and life’s battles that the devil does not always seek to destroy us in a WWIII way. I have seen him use the backdoor and windows of our lives that we leave barely open, to leave room for doubt in our minds. It is that way the devil uses our minds to overtake our hearts and confuse us from within. If we allow that to happen, then a real coup (hostile takeover) has begun and we can easily spin out of control. Leadership begins and ends with Christianity. We need to don the armor of God daily and then expect the trials to be rough and plenty. That way we are ready for defense or offense when attacked by the devil and his kingdom dwellers. They are real and they are plentiful. But our Lord Jesus Christ has said to “take heart for I have overcome the world”, (John 16:33). I like to take that verse literally about the heart. That is where the real offense and defense must take place. That is what makes Ephesians 6: 10-18 so important to each person that chooses to be a leader. Thanks for such a thought provoking blog.

  6. LeaderTwentyone says:

    I had heard of wearing the Armor of God mentioned to me by other people, but this was the first time actually reading all the verses related to it. I like that the verse says “… Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” This really creates an intriguing imagery for the readers to almost picture a warrior fighting for God. However, how should one go about in wearing the Armor of God? Unless we are fully equipped with the right weapons, armor plating and a shield to go on offense or defense, we cannot positively impact the kingdom of God. Our purpose on earth is to positively impact those who come into our lives in a fitting manner.
    How would this also affect a leader/employee at a new workplace? We can always go into a new environment taking offensive blows from others, but there comes a time when you cannot bottle it in any longer. What happens when you are pushed to the limit even with the Armor of God?
    Thanks for opening my mind to this!
    -Minkyu Jeon

  7. The offensive and defensive method are interesting concepts, that I would like to put into practice.

  8. The stronger your faith the stronger the armor of God.

  9. We should not let our guard down on our daily actions, thoughts and conversations.

  10. Leadership begins and ends with Christianity. We need to don the armor of God daily and then expect the trials to be rough and plenty.

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