Ladies, as little girls, remember the times Mother would have to let down the hem of our dresses, or, when we were given a garment that our sister had outgrown and we tried it on to see if it was the right size for us? When our things no longer fit, they were passed along to a younger sister, cousin, or friend. Brings back memories, does it not? Our mothers were very resourceful as they made our clothes fit.
Now, thinking of how something fits, let us look at the boy, David (1 Samuel 17), as he tried on Saul's armor, getting ready to fight Goliath. Picture David - ready for battle - clad in things way too big for his boyish frame. The helmet must have engulfed his whole head and the other armor parts certainly did not fit. 1 Samuel 9:2 tells us Saul was a very tall man.
All that we have talked about is of a physical nature: real garments from our childhood, real armor a warrior wears into battle. However, let us go to the sixth chapter of Ephesians as we array ourselves in spiritual armor.
Sisters, we are soldiers, fighting in a war against Satan! Verse 11 "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Verse 13 says, "Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
As we are putting on our Christian armor, verses 14 through 17, getting ready to go into battle, let us ask ourselves some questions. Will our armor fit? Does it need any alterations? Will we be able to overcome the enemy? Will we be victorious?
Satan takes pleasure in thinking our battle dress does not fit properly. Parts may be missing, or it may even be broken. He delights when he learns we are not equipped to fight against him. We have placed our helmet on, but do we really want the protection it brings? How important is our salvation to us? As our feet take us into battle, are we taking the gospel with us? As Satan attacks our heart, is it protected with our breastplate of righteousness?
Jesus told us in His sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:6) to hunger and thirst after righteousness. When we do that, our armor gives us the protection God intended it to. Is there ever a time we feel the loin section of our armor is too tight? Maybe we can loosen it some, just a tiny bit because the truth that we once felt so strong about is not popular today. Will it matter if it is not belted as it should be? Is our shield being carried so that the darts of sin hurled at us cannot pierce our faith? Is our shield (faith) too small to protect us? Is our sword sharpened (2 Timothy 2:15) to the point that God's Word brings about a victory?
Just as David could not wear Saul's armor because it did not fit him, we cannot wear the armor of the world because it will not fit on a Christian. 1 John 2:15-16. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." Rt. 2 Box 177, Belington, WV 26250. firstname.lastname@example.org
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