Series: “THE GOOD FIGHT: Perspectives on SPIRITUAL WARFARE”
Sunday, March 11th, 2018: “Spiritual Armor—Part One” • Pastor David R. Stokes
When I was a senior in college, just after Karen and I were married, a new book came out and, though it had nothing to do with the Bible or theology, it quickly became “required reading” for all would-be pastors. It was titled, “DRESS FOR SUCCESS.” I followed its instructions for many years. I dressed the part. The right tie. The right shirt. The right shoes. I guess because I was rather young when I was called to be the lead pastor at my first church (22 years old), I was very self-conscious about looking right and being taken seriously.
Some of you are surely thinking, “Well, Pastor, I guess you lost that book years ago, huh?”
More important than any discussion of “proper attire” in life, is one about making sure we are SPIRITUALLY DRESSED FOR SUCCESS. The Apostle Paul put it this way:
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…” – Ephesians 6:13 (NIV)
Those words were written during Paul’s first imprisonment at Rome (he also wrote Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon during this period). He was under guard. A Roman guard. So he was familiar with the various elements of what a Roman soldier would wear. The Holy Spirit impressed him to use the metaphor of the soldier’s armor to describe the essentials every follower of Jesus needs to effectively wage war on the world, flesh, and devil.
Don’t get too focused on the out-of-date armor, but keep your eyes on the concepts they’re meant to represent. Things like TRUTH, RIGHTEOUSNESS, & READINESS.
- How much attention do I pay each day to how I “cloth” myself spiritually, compared to how I dress physically?
- Why is the idea of ABSOLUTE TRUTH so important?
- How does being right with God impact my capacity to live a good life?