So, when I was kid and someone either preached on the armor of God or taught a lesson on it, I thought they were referring to actual armor.
You know, the silver armor you’d picture a Knight in Shining Armor wearing if he were to ride up on a white horse and save the day?
Yeah, I still picture that when I think about the armor of God. Doesn’t help much that Mom did a lesson with her Sunday school kids where they learned what each piece of the armor of God means and represents. Anddd they made their own set of armor.
Yep, the breastplate of righteousness was made from a foil turkey platter. Imagination, y’all, it’s a wonderful thing. 🙂
Early last week (or the last weekend? Who knows? Time just mushes itself together these days…), I stumbled upon a Bible plan on YouVersion called, The Armor of God, a 5-Day Reading Plan by Priscilla Shirer. Remembering Mom’s lesson with her kids (I may have been a bit extra excited about that turkey platter breastplate 🙂 ) and realizing the importance of our spiritual armor, I decided to check out Priscilla’s plan.
(Y’all, I can’t find a link directly to her plan on YouVersion, but here’s a link to her book. Not an affiliate link.)
We’ve all heard of the fiery darts the devil aims at our soul. It’s a pretty common scripture. A fiery dart aimed straight at the heart is devastating. I mean, really devastating.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
But, as Priscilla points out, the flaming arrow tactic wasn’t meant to necessarily completely destroy with one perfectly aimed blow. Instead, fiery darts, historically speaking, were used to set a fire around the opponent so that the person would, drop their shield, become more concerned with putting out the fire, and become distracted from the actual fight. And yes, when someone becomes distracted in a fight, mistakes happen, guards are let down, and they lose the battle.
Distraction. Confusion. Disarray.
What’s that sound like to you?
Yep, tricks of the devil, the enemy of our soul.
How many times has something minor hit our camps and instead of just pouring the living water over it and soldiering on, we let the dart burn some more and then cook up a stew over it?
Or, we get so drawn to the flame- the confusion, the mess, the gossip– that we forget the enemy’s fire is destroying us and other camps around us?
I’ll admit, I like watching a good fire. There’s nothing like a roasted hot dog (totally mean burnt) and a burnt marshmallow over a fire pit. But, playing with fire, especially spiritual fire thrown by the devil, is a good way to get burned and unnecessarily wounded.
Friend, we don’t have to let the fiery darts of the enemy destroy us. By putting on the whole armor of God and relying on the living water to put out the fire from the darts that have hit when we have slightly lowered or laid down our shield, those fiery darts can and will be quenched and rendered ineffective.
Keep your armor on and in tip-top shape and keep fighting, soldier.