We NEVER walk alone

Jul 04, 12 We NEVER walk alone

It is a great encouragement to recognize that when we are a Christian, bought and paid for by Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, we never walk alone.  God is ALWAYS with us.  WHAT a relief to know that as we walk through this crazy world 🙂 , we never walk alone once we are His.  In fact, as a believer, He actually indwells us!

The apostle Paul (apostle means1: any of the early followers of Jesus who carried the Christian message into the world.) tells us to put on the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-20 (2see Endnote in order to read it in its entirety).

God provides the armor for us and we become a “foot-soldier” in His Kingdom, battling the lies of satan and his evil influence over this world, which is currently satan’s domain/realm.

When Paul wrote this, it was during the height of the Roman Empire.  They had occupied by force, extending their power, over many countries surrounding Rome.  As a result of this environment, there were Roman soldiers everywhere.  Paul details the armor we are to wear to protect us from the evil in satan’s kingdom, and Paul’s readers and listeners would have been able to easily envision the type of armor Paul was describing, which was combat gear just like the Roman soldiers were wearing.

 

A synopsis (which means: a brief or condensed summary) of this ARMOR mentioned in the bible passage is as follows, along with a brief explanation, if necessary, of what it refers to3:

 

belt of truth,” – To dress like a Roman soldier – Your belt was strong and wide and it held your other weaponry.  You fastened it on and tied it to you in many places.  No matter how you moved, that belt was not going to come off.  If it was not held firmly in place/straight, it could not offer you any protection or assistance.  The Word of God, Jesus Christ, is our source of Truth.

 

breastplate of righteousness,” firstly, let me define righteousness: Also called justification by faith – it is the act of God whereby a person is made or accounted just, or free from guilt or penalty of sin.4

– After placing the belt on, you could then anchor to and above the belt, this piece, which protected your chest and specifically your heart. As a Christian, we have through faith accepted Jesus’ sacrificial payment for our individual sin.  Once we become a Christian, our unrighteousness, which is our inability to have any type of life-sustaining relationship with our God, is now replaced by Jesus’ righteousness.  Jesus, as God’s son, always has a righteous relationship with God and we, now an adopted child, do too.

 

shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” – The Roman soldier’s shoes were amazing!  They had spikes in the soles, which enabled the wearer to stand firm no matter what the terrain, so he could concentrate on the battle, while in combat.  We are to have active firm-footing in Jesus, and the peace & assurance, we have because of His salvation for us.

 

shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;” – The Roman shield was large and it totally protected you from your enemy’s arrows, if you knelt behind it.  If need be, and if you grouped together with your shields, it could also be used to protect your group: you and your neighboring soldiers.

 

helmet of salvation,” – your helmet was the very best that the ancient world had to offer and it protected your head. As a Christian, it protects us from satan’s attacks which can be subtle or obvious.  We MUST always have God “on our mind”, recognizing He who saved us: Jesus Christ.  We do this by: reading the bible, hanging with other Christians, and praying, praising & worshipping our God.

 

the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” – Out of the five different swords that a Roman soldier had at their disposal, Paul is talking about the one which was the most effective against the enemy.  God’s Word is our weapon.  While Jesus was in the wilderness, directly after his baptism by John the Baptist, he was tempted by satan himself, and Jesus used bible scripture (which at that time was the Old Testament) to refute and weaken this enemy.  John (not John the Baptist), Jesus’ disciple and a writer of some portions of the New Testament part of the bible, refers to Jesus as the Word. Because of our relationship with Jesus, His Word is our protection and a mighty weapon against evil.

 

Jesus IS our armor – we NEVER walk alone – we are covered by Jesus and we walk amongst His other foot-soldiers, our fellow Christians.  Wow, what a mighty Lord we serve!

 

I’ve included a couple of bible verses to encourage you further:

He is with us through His Word, the bible:

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)

He promises to stay with us and to be our helper (imagine GOD submitting to help us!):

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5,6 (NKJV)

 

Covetousness means:  “a strong desire after the possession of worldly things”.  What we should have a strong desire for is MORE of God, which means of course, getting to know Him better.

If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:13

 

God bless you!

 

Endnotes:

1 this definition is from www.dictionary.com

 

2 Ephesians 6: 10-20:

The Whole Armor of God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth,

and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints (believers), and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

3  Although I have read about this in Christian books & Bible commentaries, for this blog, in order to help me state it clearly, I gleaned a lot of useful information from:

http://www.christianarsenal.com/Christian_Arsenal/Full_Armor_of_God.html

 

4 this definition is from www.dictionary.com

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