THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE ARMOR OF GOD
We are called to be holy warriors, engaged in spiritual warfare,
as we do the work of evangelization and mission. We are called
“to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel”
(Eph 6:19b). It is God who sends us into battle, and it is
God who prepares us, provides for us, and empowers us. “Finally,
draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.”
trains us. “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains
my hands for battle, my fingers for war” (Ps 144:1).
God equips us. He gives us “the armor of God”
(Eph 6:13a), which consists of truth, righteousness, the
gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the sword of the Spirit
God protects us. God is “my safeguard and my fortress,
my stronghold, my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge”
(Ps 144:2a). Thus we can confidently pray: “deliver
me from the many waters; rescue me from the hands of foreign
foes.” (Ps 144:7b).
God gives us the victory. God is the One who “subdues
peoples under me.” (Ps 144:2b). Thus we can confidently
pray: “Flash forth lightning and scatter my foes;
shoot your arrows and rout them.” (Ps 144:6).
We are into intense spiritual warfare. We face a formidable
diabolical enemy. “For our struggle is not with flesh
and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with
the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits
in the heavens.” (Eph 6:12). This is God’s fight,
but we are His soldiers, His mercynaries. We can only fight
this war His way. And God provides what we need. It is up
to us to make use of what we desperately need. “Put
on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm
against the tactics of the devil.” (Eph 6:11).
warriors always look to God. They worship before they go off
to war. “O God, a new song I will sing to you; on a
ten-stringed lyre I will play for you.” (Ps 144:9).
They pray constantly. “With all prayer and supplication,
pray at every opportunity in the Spirit.” (Eph 6:18a).
And that is the key. God responds. “You give victory
to kings; you delivered David your servant.” (Ps 144:10).