I decide that I wanted to depict the armor of God on a warrior in a spiritual world of darkness. I was influenced by the recent event in my home town of Minneapolis, the death of George Floyd and “talk” that parents must have with their young black children to help assure their safe return home and how God must feel about this too. He wants our safe return to Him as well. Our black youth are in a battle every day and must remain alert and vigilant. The young black warrior must be “Always Ready”
Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10-20 to gird our loins with the the belt of truth. The truth of God should be wrapped tightly around us. Secondly, the breastplate of righteousness protects our organs and our life that we may be guided by the righteousness of God, that is, kindness and mercy towards others. Thirdly, we are to move forward in peace. Fourth, we are to take up the shield of faith which extinguishes the fiery darts of the wicked. Fifth the helmet of salvation. The Hebrew word for salvation is Yeshua. In English Yeshua is Jesus. Jesus is our final covering. Sixth, sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God and is our only offensive weapon.
And how do we put on this armor? We put on this armor through prayer. Paul tells to pray always, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness.
Lastly I have include an image from I Peter 5:8, where we are told to be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Our adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
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