Today is day 12 of Jennifer Smith’s 30 day devotional, Wife After God.
I have read many devotionals and studies on the Armour of God. Never have I heard it in the context of protecting your family.
“It is no coincidence that this part of scripture is expressed so closely to the brief mention of family relationships. God was intentional about its placement, knowing that our most intimate relationships would be a continuous target for the enemy’s attacks. It is imperative that you heed God’s wisdom for the sake of your loved ones. Take some time to examine each piece of armour and how it will benefit your marriage, which in turn will bless your whole family.” Reference here.
Any and every teaching I have ever heard has spoken about this passage on the basis of spiritual warfare, never mentioning one’s family. This has truly been eye-opener for me. And it makes perfect sense. If Satan can destroy your family, he will have destroyed a community. Destroy a community, and he can destroy a nation. You get my drift – and so, now I realise, that protecting my family requires the very best spiritual warfare implements that God has provided for me.
Our families are our weak spots. We love and care about what happens (or isn’t happening) in our family units. But, let’s give God a foothold to heal and restore by using the Armour of God to protect God’s gift to us.
Belt of Truth: Truth is based on God’s word. Not on what we feel or think or what others say. It is God’s word. The best example I can give you is that I battle with anxiety. I so easily believe lies or worry about non-events that cause huge panic and anxiety within my soul. To the point of not being able to sleep at night. God’s truth? He did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 Any anxiety that I feel is not from God. So, I can endure it because, once again God’s truth, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13. Once again, with anxiety, I worry about the future, I worry about the present, I worry about the impact of the past. The truth? Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” You see, God’s truth is that He wants to prosper us, and give us hope. The lie from Satan is that I need to worry and feel anxious.
Breastplate of Righteousness: We are righteous before God because we have accepted His son as our saviour. Nothing can ever take that away from us. Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” And we can live out that righteousness by choosing to be obedient to God and His word – in our lives and more especially in our marriages.
“The good news of God’s love story comes with the power of transcending peace. Only He can truly fill your heart with peace no matter how difficult of a situation you are facing. If you ever feel the weight of anxiety, depression, anger, fear, being overwhelmed, insecurity, unworthiness, or any other oppression that seizes your ability to function aptly, you must lean on Him to receive the power of His peace. There is nothing you can do to set yourself free and there is nothing your husband can do to make the oppression go away. Only God’s peace can bring you healing and freedom. So when the pressure builds and the enemy advances, be prepared to rely on God for peace. Having the readiness of peace means also means that you pursue harmony no matter where you are and no matter your circumstance. Peace is especially vital to pursue in marriage. When you seek to be a peacemaker, selfishness diminishes while love flourishes.” Reference here.
Shield of Faith: Faith is believing when all else around you tells you not to. There is no evidence of anything you believe in or have faith in, but you have faith anyway. Faith is knowing that God loves you, wants what is best for you, wants to grow you as a person, and that He wants to bring you joy, and peace and love and patience and kindness – and often we can only learn those things by going through trials and tribulations. Faith is knowing that no matter how difficult things may seem at present, God is always working is plan out for your good. Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Helmet of Salvation: We are saved through God’s grace – as God has extended His grace to you, so you must extend grace to your husband. It’s not about what your husband does or does not do. It’s about the fact that you have God’s grace, and you must extend it to others – especially your family.
Sword of the Spirit:
“With God’s Word you can learn how to live as He has called you to, you can learn about His truths, you can learn about His love story, and you can learn about how to invest in your love story. The Bible has power in it! Read it, memorize it, meditate on it, and lean on it for comfort and understanding. By actively utilizing the Bible your faith will grow, your heart will be transformed and your marriage will be blessed as you blossom into a beautiful, God-fearing wife.” Reference here.
Dear Lord, help to always believe the truth in your word, to follow and be obedient to what you say; to love my husband with all my heart and soul, and to honour him, because in doing that, Lord, I honour you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.