Warfare and Football
Have you thought about the similarities of our holding our ground and not allowing the enemy move us and how the defensive team in a football game is also trying to keep the offensive side from moving them back? Those defensive players really work hard to hold their ground. Holding your ground is hard work. Sometimes it is harder than others.
Today, we continue in Ephesians 6 and we are getting into the specific pieces of the armor and their purposes. Remember, as we get into them that the purpose of all of it is that we not give the enemy of God any ground – that God gets His due glory out of our lives.
Ephesians 6:14-16 of Verses 10-18 NIV
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace.”
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Holding My Ground
Back to football for a second. Those defensive players do not expect it to be easy to hold their ground. I think that I expect holding my ground is supposed to be easy breezy because God is in it with me, but it is not always easy. It can be really hard work. Sometimes we do not even know there is a battle until it is over and God has taken care of it. But that is not always how it is. Sometimes, He wants us involved and that is one of the main times we grow exponentially in our walk of faith.
Let’s go to Verse 14:
“Stand firm then…”
Think about how the football players line up for a play. They are ready to hold their ground, aren’t they?
“…with the belt of truth buckled around your waist…”
The soldier’s belt would have wrapped all the way around their waist. It would have probably had loose flaps of heavy leather that hung down over their legs all the way around and protected their thighs and groin area. Injuries in this part of the body can cause massive blood loss so it needed to be protected.
The Belt of Truth wraps all the way around us. Everything we believe hangs on the Truth of God that we know. Salvation hangs on the Truth.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
We must hold to the Truth and wrap it around us. Put on the Belt of Truth.
Continuing with Verse 14:
“…with the breastplate of righteousness in place…”
The soldier’s breastplate would have been brass and would have covered the front part of the trunk of his body and protected his vital organs.
The Breastplate of Righteousness covers our hearts. The righteousness that Christ gave us at the point of our salvation shields the heart from attacks of the enemy. We need to practice righteousness in how we live so that we have positional righteousness in Christ and active righteousness as believers. Then Satan has nothing to accuse us of.
We must know that we are covered in the righteousness of Christ and we can live righteous lives as believers because His Spirit lives in us. Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness.
Now onto Verse 15:
“…and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”
The soldier’s shoes (aka greaves) would have been made of brass and would have covered the front part of the foot and lower leg. It protected them from traps made of sharpened sticks that the enemy would lay for them to keep them from being able to march forward at a rapid pace. The greaves would help them push through with no injury.
The Shoes of Readiness of the Gospel of Peace help us to walk confidently in peace knowing that we carry the good news of Christ in our hearts and in battle we know that no matter what Jesus Christ still died for our sins, did the work of our salvation, arose from the dead, sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven and that He is God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the Prince of Peace. Because of what Jesus did we can have peace with God!
We can know that we now have peace with God because of what Jesus did and we can walk confidently in Him! Put on the Shoes of Readiness of the Gospel of Peace.
As you go into your day I hope you will think about the three pieces of God’s Armor that we talked about today. Do you have them on?
Truth – Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Wrap yourself in it.
Righteousness – His righteousness covers us. Live it out.
Gospel of Peace – His good news brought us peace with God. Walk in it.
Have an amazing day!! Love you guys!
Thank You, Lord, for the Armor that You have given us. Help us learn to use it well. Please be glorified in all we do and help us be what You want us to be. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
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