The Whole Armor Of God, Part I
Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10,11
First of all, I personally don't believe we are to get up every morning and put our armor on, the reason being, it is a part of our supernatural new creation being in that it grows as we exercise it and walk in its protection. The armor of God is a protective force applied at our new spiritual birth and then as we grow in the Spirit, it grows with us. As the natural man grows, he must constantly put on larger clothes as his physical body expands from childhood to manhood, so it is with our spiritual armor.
A better example might be a turtle that when born, has a soft, pliable shell attached to his body, but as he grows, so grows his shell, becoming thicker and stronger as it grows in respect to the growth of his body. As the spiritual man begins to walk in the spiritual realm he realizes there are evil forces sent against him trying to stop his forward motion and even destroy his new life in Christ if possible. The whole armor of God is so important to use against these spiritual forces and must be learned and employed as the Holy Spirit leads the believer into spiritual warfare against the enemy of our soul!
Keep in mind as you engage the enemy that you respect who he is and the fact that he has been in this battle for thousands of years before you were even thought of so do don't get cocky at the first skirmish and don't ever forget that there will be a counter attack to try and get you to give up and give in to his schemes! In a series of messages on my website called the "Counter Attack" I tell a story of a young man standing before Saint Peter trying to gain access to Heaven when Peter said to him, "Son have you ever done anything good in your life?" The young man proceeded to tell him that a young woman was being attacked by a big strong biker and he jumped out of his car ran over and punched the biker square in the jaw as hard as he could. Peter said, "Praise God, when did this happen?" The boy replied, "about five minutes ago!"
For we do not wrestle (struggle) against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin