Ephesians 6:11-13 TPT
“Put on the Full suit of armor that God wears the He goes into battle, so that you will be protected as you take a stand against the evil strategies of the accuser! Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. Because of this you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the Slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious!”
The language in the original text that surrounds the term “Sword of the Spirit”, refers to a soldier picking or digging out arrow heads out of their skin that may have penetrated the weak or vulnerable areas of their armor. I find this illustration interesting. As believers we are and have been taught that the “Sword of the Spirit” is the written word of God (Bible).
The truth will not set you free, it is only in knowing the truth that you can truly be set free! When we know the truth of God’s word, it allows us to pick and dig out the Lies that can swiftly get through our armor.
“Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds that you may prove the perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
Sometimes Lies about ourselves or our Father in Heaven can sneak in, root themselves, and start growing before we realize they are there. When we spend time with the way, the TRUTH, and the Life, Lies get exposed. Use the word of truth, by meditation and these lies will quickly flee.
In the passage from the book of Ephesians, the language that surrounds the terms “Principalities and Powers” refers to those demonic entities whose assignment it is to set up patterns of thinking and believing. They use Lies that often sound like truth to build a Strongholds or Kingdoms in the minds of people. we have been called to pluck up such Lies. Jeremiah 1:10, “See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
Proverbs 23:7 “For as a man thinks within himself, so he is.”
Jesus said whatever is Good, Holy, and Righteous to think on (Meditate) these things. In our lives, and the lives of those around us we are to change the make up of the patterns of our thinking. Science has proved that people who meditate can actually change the way their brain looks, their brains have been proven to be Healthier than those who do not meditate.
Philippians 4:8 “So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. Fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God-praising Him always.”
Something the Lord showed me about the armor of God when it pertains to the Helmet of Salvation. As stated earlier, the enemy will shoot arrows (LIES) to try and penetrate our armor. If he can get us to believe that Christ did not accomplish Salvation (Saved, Healed, and Delivered) through the cross and resurrection, then the enemy has us.
Be rooted in the truth that you have been saved, you are a brand new creation (2 Cor. 5:17-18). The old is gone and the new Has come. You are seated in Heavenly Places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6). You are Royalty (1 Peter 2:9). You are His Beloved Son/Daughter (1 John 3:2).
Scriptures taken from the Passion Translation