Daily Encouragement: Year 2, Day 173

From Handbook to God’s Promises


Who the Devil Sees
(Ephesians 6:10–18)

If any character was the hit of the original Star Wars trilogy, it was the evil and infamous Darth Vader. He of the black helmet, black cape, and light saber took the meaning of armor to a whole new level. His force-field armor did what all armor does—it protected him and concealed his identity from his opponents. The most shocking moment in the series came when Vader’s true identity was revealed. Without his silicon circuits and voice-masking helmet, he was nothing. His armor was his life-support, his essence.

Armor is defensive, first and foremost. But armor also is transformative—it turns a vulnerable mortal into someone different. In fact, when you look at Darth Vader or a medieval knight shod head-to-toe in plate and mail, you are not seeing the real person. Rather, you are seeing what is protecting that person. And armor must be adequate against what is brought against it. While medieval armor could protect against medieval swords, any number of modern weapons could easily pierce such primitive protection.

The armor God gives believers to wear does both things: It changes our identity by covering our weaknesses, and it is totally adequate against the “flaming arrows of the evil one” (Eph. 6:16). Without God’s armor, we would be helpless against the devil. He is stronger and craftier than we are, and in our own strength we would be quickly subdued by his attacks. But clothed in truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of God’s word, we are protected. Our weaknesses are covered with God’s strength. We are wearing the same armor that Jesus wore—armor that the devil never penetrated.

When God’s armor comes off, we are revealed for who we really are—mice before a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8). But when we have God’s armor on (Eph. 6:11), that roaring lion looks at us and sees Jesus—the Lion of Judah (Rev. 5:5). And that is a fight he wants no part of. 

When getting dressed every day, don’t fail to put on the armor of God. It is your only sure defense.

God’s Promise:
When you are clothed in God’s armor, the devil sees Him, not you.