14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Being a visual person, this exercise of meditating on the Armor of God has proven very good for me in drawing the Word of God deeper into my heart and soul and not just leaving it powerless in the recesses of my mind.
The Word of God is meant to penetrate our hearts and make us different people, and this specific passage in scripture speaks personally into the deep brokenness that comes from being a child of abuse and an adult as an abuser.
I wasn’t an abuser in the physical sense my own parents were, but instead became a doormat people pleasing fear-based adult who modeled escape-isms, insecurity, fear, powerlessness.
The core of my adult behaviors before Christ; and clearly some of the strongest character battles I still face today come from the lies of Satan, the deceiver, the destroyer.
He wants to keep us beaten down, broken, incapable of sharing our faith, silent, secluded, removed from God’s equation.
He does have the power and authority to influence external circumstances, but the true spiritual battle that Satan wages against our souls is through guilt, shame, fear, regrets, direct attacks against our self-worth.
Satan and his minions of darkness oppose the Truth of God.
How? By taking God’s loving convictions meant to spur us on to greater character growth and instead drive it into self-condemnation and shame. He takes God’s healthy moments of quiet discernment and pushes it into doubt; converts righteous hesitation straight into fear and inaction.
The Word of God
The Word of God speaks directly into our old broken self and says you are worthy because of what I’ve done, not unworthy because of what you have done. We are His beloved children, adopted and washed clean by the blood, not because we earned it or deserve it, but His nature of pure love once sealed in relationship cannot be broken by outside forces.
It is God who tells us who we are, what we are capable of, and forgives our sins, past present and future. It is He who drives us with passion and purpose to stand and speak boldly in His name regardless of where we come from.
To have faith that the Word of God is true and tells us who we are, to have faith that the blood of Christ and the redemption found through Calvary is real and for us specifically and individually, to have faith that the Holy Spirit is real and alive and living in each of us with the power to give us all that we need in any circumstance or trial to not only survive but to thrive in the battle; it is our faith that protects us from the relentless attacks of the evil one.
To believe in the magnificent gifts of the Trinity of God is to have successfully armed ourselves with the Shield of Faith.
Without faith, we have no walk, can bear no fruit, will never be able to see the glory of God in everything we experience, nor will we be able to withstand the lies of the Deceiver.
Faith is truly our shield in every sense of the word.
Father God, You alone know how much I need this message this morning, a message of love, grace and mercy which says I am whole, complete, set free because of who You are, not because of what I’ve done. I thank you for Calvary; that supreme sacrifice which makes a relationship with You not only possible, but supremely desirable and solidified for eternity. There are no temptations, there are no condemnations, there are no circumstances or principalities that can separate us from Your love, from Your protections, from Your loving embrace 24×7. Help us all this day Father remain focused on Your Truths in our lives and let the constant droning of lies and oppression from a broken and falling world fade into background noise. Give us the boldness to speak against the lies of the Accuser by drawing deeply upon our faith that You are God, You are sovereign over all of creation and You are eternal and now, because of Your great love for us, so are we. Thank you Jesus for making our life not only possible, but filled with passion and purpose. You alone are our Salvation and it is in Your precious name I pray these things for all Your children, both those who know you and those who don’t yet…
(For a list of 50 biblical affirmations of who we are In Christ with links to an in-depth study on many of them check out the I Am Series page)