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Armor Up! Part 3


General Patton was one of the greatest military leaders this nation has had.  He was known for his toughness, his unique uniform, his tactics, and his disdain for retreating.  Patton did not want to pay for the same ground twice so he told his troops to always push forward.

Patton would approve of our calling as soldiers of God.  As we continue to look at God’s armor look closely at where we don’t have armor and the orders we are given;

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—” Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-18‬ ‭

The armor is all for the front.  This is because we are not to retreat from the enemy so we don’t need to protect our backs.  Our back should never be exposed.  Think about it, Jesus said we’d have a fight on our hands but that to have peace because the war was won;

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”” John‬ ‭16:33‬

As we saw Friday, the Armor of God is simply a matter of putting on Christ- He is our armor.  Since He is our armor and He has overcome we should never retreat in the spiritual battle we are in.

Paul affirms this idea by stating a few times we are to ‘stand.’  Paul reminds us that we are to stand our ground- to never retreat.  We push forward- ever so slowly and steadily.

Today, as you don the Armor of God, be a spiritual Patton- be tough and never desire to retreat.  With Jesus there is never a need to.

Tomorrow, more thoughts on the Armor.

Prayer focus: For the Pastors and their families in India.

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