"Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against
the devil's schemes." (Ephesians 6:11 NIV)
In the Old Testament we read about a well known Biblical character, David. He was just a young shepherd boy when he volunteered to fight an enemy, the giant Goliath. The King at that time was Saul, and he graciously offered David his armor for the fight. As David donned this heavy equipment, he realized he could not fight with the additional weight and bulk of Saul’s armor on his body.
In the New Testament, Ephesians 6:11,God has given all His children a special set of armor to combat an enemy much more formidable than Goliath. The enemy is Satan, and the gift from God is a full set of armor- covering us from head to foot. We have his helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, shoes of peace, the sword of th e spirit (our offence) and the shield of faith (our defense). This perfect set of armor is neither too heavy nor a hindrance as we engage in a spiritual battle with Satan each and every day of our lives. As a matter of fact, it is our shield and protection; a perfect way to combat Satan. I am thankful for this gift from God, and so glad it is lightweight enough that I can put it on when first awakening, wearing and utilizing it all day long.
Each set of armor was given by a king. King Saul, in the Old Testament, and King Jesus, in the New. The difference in the old and new armor is clear. King Saul's was unsuitable for David. The new is well suited for the believer, and given to us by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords – Jesus Christ. Praise God!
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