Because our enemies are plotting against us every day – watching for the weaknesses in our defense.
When we read about the Israelites in Nehemiah, they were prepared for a battle. They were also rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. Half of them did the rebuilding while the other half stood with their spears, shields and armor ready.
They had heavy, bulky, real armor.
We have real armor as well. It isn’t as heavy as what the Israelites had but it’s much more effective. Paul gives us the details of our spiritual armor in Ephesians 6:
The Belt of Truth is buckled around our waist. This is what we’re working on right now as we read God’s word – knowing and living the truth.
The Breastplate of Righteousness is in place – protecting our hearts.
We wear the sandals of peace – always ready to share the Good News of Salvation.
Our Shield of Faith helps us everyday to deflect the flaming arrows coming at us from Satan and his army.
The Helmet of Salvation protects our minds from the lies which surround us.
The Sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon we need. Satan has already lost the war. And when we know and live and use the Word of God, Satan is reminded of his defeat and he retreats. Every time.
Thank you for your perfect armor, dear Father.