The Armor of God
My mother used to tell me that you can't reason with the unreasonable. A friend once told me to "Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."
The fact of the matter is, we are unable to survive in spiritual warfare and suffering without spiritual strength and courage, and without placing the battle in His hands. The attacks will come, and if we try to battle them on our own, we will be defeated. Without the Christian armour, we are doomed to fail because the combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature. The warfare is spiritual, and our advisary is a skilled fighter, willing to break any rule, and assault us against our souls. He knows, laid bare, our souls are unstable, and by merely defacing the heavenly image of our hearts he will gain ground in this war - turning many away from the world as they watch our fruit wilt under the attack.
We must find resolve in God's grace, lending full trust to our cause and our Lord, donning the armor that is designed to sustain the fiercest assaults of the enemy.
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.