Ephesians 6:10-13 (NIV)Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.Put on the full armor of God, so that you cantake your stand against the devil’s schemes.For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and againstthe spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes,you may be able to stand your groundand after you have done everything, to stand.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
with the breastplate of righteousness in place 15 and with your
feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which
you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God. (Eh 6:14-17, NIV)
Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation, Spirit.
“38 And Saul clad David with his apparel, and he put a helmet of brass upon his head,and he clad him with a coat of mail. 39 And David girded his sword upon his apparel,and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these;for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.” (1 Sam 17:38-39, ASV)
In other versions, David says he hasn’t tested the armor and that he’s not used to it. In the version above, he says he hasn’t proven it. He hasn’t been able to make sure that he can function in battle in it. Saul’s armor didn’t fit David. It wasn’t made for him. So, David took it off and used the armor he was used to, what he had tested, the armor he had already proven his proficiency in…his sling.
Have you made armor and weaponry that doesn’t work in Spiritual warfare but is of this earth instead? If so, perhaps you should rethink your whole strategy. You may be fighting against flesh and blood instead of against who God says is the true enemy.
If you are truly struggling with the right enemy, what pieces of armor have you been using that weren’t made for you? What pieces should you wait to use until you’ve proven them?
These are all questions we should ask ourselves as we grow in our faith. None of us reach the completion of our growth until after we are gone. So be willing to learn…even if that means submitting to the fact that you don’t know everything…or anything at all.