Time to Fight Back
“14 Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, 15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. 16 In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—which is the word of God.”
– Ephesians 6:14-17
Last year, the theme of our Kids Camp was based on these verses. I had spent weeks preparing lessons and games, snacks and meals, devotions and sermons, but something didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until I was watching one of my son’s favorite movies, the seminal classic “Space Jam”, that I realized something I had never seen about the Armor of God and changed each of my lessons for the upcoming camp.
In the finale of the film, as the Toon Squad is being crushed by the Monstars, Porky Pig runs alongside Michael Jordan to congratulate him on a shot. If you have never seen the movie, that last sentence should be enough to make you realize what you are missing. Jordan, upon hearing Porky’s praise, reminds him that it’s time to “Get back on defense.” With that one line, my view of the Armor was changed.
The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation: each of these parts of the armor are DEFENSIVE. They are used for protection. We don’t attack with the belt of truth, we protect ourselves. We don’t attack the Gospel, we protect ourselves. Unlike Captain America, we don’t attack with the shield, we protect ourselves. Same with the helmet; It’s all there for protection.
The only OFFENSIVE part of the armor is the sword, the Word of God. Does that make you realize how important the Word of God is in our daily lives? Look back to verse 11! We put on the armor to STAND, not to protect ourselves. My armor can only protect me for so long, and it’s easy to give ground when you are only focused on protection. It takes offense and defense to stand.
The belt can protect me from the lies Satan tries to convince me are true; the sword cuts through those lies. The breastplate protects me when Satan tries to stab at my very core to make me forget who I belong to; the sword cuts off his attack. The sandals protect my feet from the rocks and thrones that lay scattered on the path; the sword clears them out of the way. The shield protects me from the flaming arrows on course to destroy; the sword splits the arrows in two and cuts back at the archer. The helmet of salvation, my ultimate defense, gives me a sense of calm and peace in the midst of the war; the sword gives me a way to fight in the war. So put on the whole armor of God, offensive and defensive, so that we can stand together.
God, thank You for sending Your word to help me fight the schemes the devil has for my life. Help me to rely on You and Your word for my offense and my defense in the daily fight I am in.
First Baptist Broken Arrow