Eph 6:11-18 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 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, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
In these verses we see a picture that has been preached on numerous times by many men all over the world. In these verses, I noted at least fifteen things that we have been given responsibility for as Christians. At the same time, we are told that this is a spiritual battle.
In looking at the armor that we have been given for the battle I want you to notice that this is for Christians. This message is to God’s people, it is not for everybody in the world. As soldiers, that helmet of salvation, I had thought previously, should have been the item that was above all. But when you consider that we are reading a message to people who are all supposed to have that helmet already, and it will never be removed. It was not needful to tell them to take it. Above all in the life of a child of God, is faith. Though it may be a spearman, a javelin thrower, and archer, a standard-bearer or any other member of the army, all of them will have that helmet. In the heat of battle, though, many would be wearied and would throw aside their shields in order to be more free to move and fight. There was a tendency in a soldier to do just this when they were either wearied from the fight, or over confident with their successes. This made them more vulnerable to attack. This usually wound up their end and they died in battle.
Paul says, “Above all” taking the shield of faith.
None of the armor can avail us much good without the shield of faith. There is nothing that we can do if not done by faith. There is nothing that we can not do if done by faith. This faith, of course, is not just expecting God to accept and bless the work of your hands, done because that is what you desired. No! Faith is the following of God into what He would have you to do, and in faith expecting Him to accomplish His will through you. Too often we are faithful to our own wills with little or no regard for the heart of God on the matter; And we wrongfully expect God to bless the work of our hands. As I recall there was a man who offered God a sacrifice that was not of faith and God rejected it and him: A man by the name of Cain.
“Above all”, faith; Moving by faith is the only way the rest of the armor will do any good at all. Stay faithful, and God will bless. Be faithful where God put you, to do what God gives you to do, to be what God requires you to be. That is what the church needs in these days. Some who will just stay faithful.
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