Underwear: Don’t go into Battle Without It!

In Ephesians 6: 10-18, Paul tells us to put on the armor of God “…so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (v. 13). We put on the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness; we place the gospel of peace on our feet and the helmet of salvation on our heads; we carry the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit (the word of God) in our hands.

 

We clothe ourselves like this in order to…stand. When the powers of darkness throw everything at us, we will be able to stand the attack because we have become familiar with truth, righteousness, peace, salvation, faith, and His word.

 

What do we put on under the armor? Paul has that covered as well. He tells us in Colossians 3:12 that we are to clothe ourselves “…with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Those qualities are not usually associated with battle and war, but without them we will leave ourselves exposed in battle.

 

We sometimes confuse what it means to be a warrior in the Kingdom. We storm into situations with our half-truths, self-righteousness, worry, pride, impatience, and fear, but we think we’re doing it “in His name” and that He wants us to fight like this.

 

Those who try to walk in the power of Christ without the character of Christ do great harm both in the Kingdom and in the world.

 

What you wear is so important, both what is seen and what is unseen.