The Wrong Armour

What armour do you use and who is your enemy?

On an everyday level, do you find yourself sometimes aware of and struggling with conflict? Are you a sensitive soul? I am! But I want to be strong and I want to stand and be victorious. Nobody wants to lose even an argument, let alone a war! A few weeks ago I realised that I have, since childhood, learned a reaction to conflict that is not healthy. I have lost many battles, because I use the wrong armour and the wrong weapons. In fact most times I am also fighting the wrong enemy!

Some of these conflicts have actual substance, but some are even imaginations born of vulnerability and fear. I thought about the conflicts and battles in my life and observed myself in both my home-made armour and my fearful tactics. My ‘belt’ was my stubborn determination that I was right. My ‘breastplate’ was my people-pleasing conformity to a self-righteous standard of behaviour that I believed was expected of me. My ‘helmet’ was my denial of secrets and of my own responsibility. My ‘feet were fitted’ with a readiness to run and hide if punishment was coming close. I had a defensive ‘shield’ of my identity as a victim, and lastly, a sword pointing and attacking the blame at anyone I felt was attacking me…

There are some weary days when I could easily believe that everyone – or at least someone – is out to get me, attack me, argue, criticise or try to trip me up… some days when it all feels like a battle and a struggle to come through it alive, never mind unscathed! Whatever the cause of the conflict, it always demands a response – How do we stand strong? Do we fight or not? How and who do we fight? What weapons do we use? What armour do we use?

The apostle Paul urges the church in Ephesus to be prepared for battle and to put on the full armour of God. He also reminds us who the enemy is! It is not flesh and blood. It is not the boss who just sacked you, or the driver that knocked off my wing-mirror… it’s not even the relative that sent the nasty letter criticising our religious or political affiliations… our real enemy is the spiritual enemy of God.

Ephesians 6: 10 – 18.

The Armour of God (NIV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is crucial for the helmet and the shield to stay in place and to keep the feet on the right path. The righteousness of Christ is His gift to us who are born again, and His truth I have to align with my own as I buckle my belt…

I have begun a practice of putting this armour on item by item, in my mind’s eye, every morning, and of praying for the grace to not fear, nor defend against, nor cast false blame, nor attack my fellow flesh and blood. I am praying for us foot soldiers throughout the world – for you, my brothers and sisters, who are fighting to stand strong. I am a work in progress. How about you? What is your armour?

22 thoughts on “The Wrong Armour

  1. Thank you for sharing this powerful post! Yes, our fellow humans are not our enemies. It is unfortunate that some become instruments of the enemy. The devil is our enemy and we can keep him defeated by putting on the whole armor of God. ❤

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  2. Wonderful Dawn, thanks for sharing this! I have heard other folks say that they visualize putting on the armor each morning as well. I think it’s a great idea!
    Two things stand out as I consider these verses again: First, we are told to put on the full armor of God. In my hastiness and/or short-sightedness I have a tendency to rush off before being fully outfitted.
    Secondly, the armor as it is described by Paul, is primarily defensive in nature. These things are for our protection. The only weapon we need carry is the Word and obviously we are not to wield it recklessly but rather in love.
    It also occurs to me that I have the privilege of writing a bible study on the armor of God as Paul describes it in Ephesians 6. This was pre-personal computer days, so I will have to look around for my hard copy!

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  3. So well put, Dawn. It really is so important to choose the right armour and put it on piece by piece each day. That visual practice sounds like a great way to start the day. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  4. Wow! I am sharing this with my Bible study group! A few of the women have shared that they also put on the armor each day saying aloud the scriptures as they armor up! They will love this post as I did too. I never thought about the “wrong armor!” So enlightening Dawn!!!

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    • as one friend said – it’s like David when he was given Saul’s armour… God has unique armour of His design for each one of us – like everything, it has to be from Him, not from our best friend, our priest or our wordly heroes, and certainly not our own! God’s is perfect for us!

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  5. Great post! Loved how you identified the pieces of you r “wrong” armor, and I found myself identifying with so much. It made me think about young David when Saul gave him his armor and it didn’t fit, so David went out to face Goliath armed with the power of God!

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