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 firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:13-15
God has given us His resources to stand against the principalities and evil forces that want to eat us for lunch. It’s call the whole armor of God. Somehow the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and shoes of peace, to start with, are parts of what will enable us to withstand the day of evil and to stand. It is invisible to us, but perhaps it is fully visible in the spiritual realm.
Let’s start with the belt of truth. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that Scripture is inspired by God and is what thoroughly equips us for every good work. In John 17:17 we find, “Your Word is truth.” Don’t leave home without it. We put on our belt of truth by studying the Bible, applying it, obeying it and speaking it. We don’t speak lies, we don’t manipulate, but as Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:2, “by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God,” or, “by plainly setting forth the truth.” NASB If we live according to the truth and speak the truth of the Word into situations, it is our weapon. It must be an important one, because that’s the first one Paul mentions.
Next we put on the breastplate of righteousness, of Jesus’ righteousness, to stand clean before God. It is not our own righteousness that we put on. If that were so, it would be a Swiss cheese breastplate. We can never stand clean before God, because as Isaiah 64:6 announces, “all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.” When Satan accuses us, our defense is Jesus’ righteousness and Jesus is our defense attorney. But still we must confess our sins and renounce sin habits so that Satan does not have legal ground to mess with us. 1 John 1:9 is true: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Just as you take a shower regularly to get clean, take a spiritual shower each day by confessing known sins. Then rest in Jesus’ righteousness.
Lastly, we put on the shoes of readiness that is given by the gospel of peace. Romans 10:15 calls someone’s feet who goes to tell the good news of Jesus “beautiful feet.” If we seek to come to people with peace, reconciliation and with grace, it goes miles further than if we are confrontational, have unresolved conflicts that mark our lives, and a contentious spirit. When you go into a situation that could be a fight, consciously put on Jesus’ shoes of peace.
Romans 8:37 proclaims, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” We are on the winning side, and we have the winning weaponry. Those weapons are not of this world, but are divinely powerful in this spiritual battle we are in.