As Paul begins to describe the Armor of God, it is apparent that it is a functional metaphor for a soundness of relationship. Whether it is a relationship with truth or righteousness or peace of mind, the first step in prepping for spiritual battle is girding the inner dialogue between our inner facets. For many Christians, this is not only an area that they don’t focus on, but one they do not believe is necessary. They are perfectly content to have the appearance of calm and prosperity within the church but inside they have such a level of turmoil that the slightest arrow of doubt destroys them quickly. Disciples of Christ must reject the romantic notion of a tortured philosopher for the idea of a zealous soldier. This is not to say they can’t entertain doubts, but that those doubts should never touch their peace with God, righteousness or sense of truth. Too many believers charge head first into battle without this gear secured and wonder why they cannot deal with doubt effectively. It should be no surprise to them after reading Paul. They must take up this armor. It is external and given freely. It has weight and sacrifice and discipline attached to its usage. If we cannot say the same of our everyday faith, and we are succumbing to our doubts, than perhaps we have neglected to wear this armor.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts