Daily Devotional

The Armour of Satan

by Simon Whitton

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 4:22-27 (NIV)

There's a famous passage in Ephesians 6, encouraging us to 'put on the full armour of God'. But before that, Chapter 4 has this passage encouraging us to 'put off your old self'. Chapters 4 and 5 list dozens of things that we should 'put off' as part of our old self.

This made me wonder if these things we are to 'put off', could in some way be likened to armour or articles of clothing.

Do we ever wear a belt of falsehood buckled loosely around our waists?

Is there a breastplate of self-righteousness? Do we sometimes think that our righteousness depends on how good we are, and forget who is the only source of righteousness?

Are our feet ever fitted with the worrying that comes from the sandals of anxiety?

Do we ever use a shield of unbelief to extinguish all the piercing arrows of the Holy One, the arrows of His word; keeping God's word from penetrating to our soul?

Do we put on the helmet of insecurity? And use the sword of the tongue, which is the word of man, where our reckless words wound at random?

Is there a cloak of selfishness, where we are all wrapped up in ourselves, not putting others first?

Is there a ring of the fatherless, where we feel abandoned or rejected like an orphan; unaware that we are a child of the living God?

If such things exist, they belong to the wardrobe of the enemy. Perhaps they're only worn occasionally; but they don't belong to us any more. They belong to our former way of life, and they should be put off, or they'll corrupt us.

Spend some time praying, and put off those items that don't belong to you. Instead, 'put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness'.

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