Rev. Colangelo

Fall, football, and the armor of God

Published Sep 15, 2018 at 4:00pm

Fall and football are here! Whether you are a parent, grandparent, coach or spectator, you might want to read this entire article.

Because in life, just like in a football game, we have been given pieces of armor/equipment that help to protect us. In the “game of life”, we have God’s armor available to help protect us.

Ephesians 6:11-13 “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

The Armor of God: Piece by piece

The Belt of Truth: Just like the football belt holds the pants up and gives security, so does this piece of armor.

Eph. 6:14 “Stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.” The belt goes around your waist, our midsection. It secures the pads around that section. Truth brings assurance into our lives thereby also bringing security in who we belong to. I also think of it protecting us from always being led by our emotions.

“I had a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach;” “I had butterflies in my stomach.” We can’t base decisions on our emotions, they can misled. We must base them on the Truth of God’s Word.

Breastplate of Righteousness: The shoulder pads which also cover the chest.

Eph. 6:14 “with the breastplate of righteousness in place.” This piece of God’s armor protects our heart. Christ’s righteousness, right relationship with God, is credited to us! Because of it our heart is protected from being led astray.

Shoes of Peace: cleats. Eph 6:15 “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Football cleats dig into the ground and give you traction, helps you stand in position. The gospel of peace.. a peace with God, keeps us grounded. This peace keeps us calm and standing strong when storms come into our life. We are grounded because of the good news that we can have peace with God through Jesus Christ.

Shield Of Faith: Arm pads - Eph. 6:16 “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” This piece of armor goes out before- in front. It is the first point of contact with the opposing force. Faith is the first step in standing strong for God. Hebrews 11:6 says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exist s and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Trusting God is what moves us forward. Knowing and believing that He is real and active in our lives pushes the opposing team backwards!

Helmet of Salvation: Football helmet - Eph. 6:17 “Take the helmet of salvation” A very important piece of the armor of God. The helmet of salvation protects our mind. It is there that as an act of the will we first choose Jesus.

And it is there that we continue to consciously choose Him each and every day. Our minds are attacked with ideas from the world, ideas that do not draw us closer to God. The helmet helps to guard our minds; it is His saving grace that purifies our thoughts.

Sword of the Spirit: The Playbook. Eph 6:17 “ and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” All other pieces of the armor of God are defensive. The sword of the Spirit or Word of God is offensive. Just like a football playbook, it gives us direction. It gives us instruction about how to play this game of life so that we can win!

Put on a football jersey over all. Eph 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

Just like a football jersey covers the football pads so that they will function properly, prayer covers all the other armor and brings them together as one unit that functions together. A football jersery also identifies which team one is playings for. Are you on God’s team?

If you would like more information on how to be on God’s team, contact me, Pastor Ron at 315- 709-1001. God bless you and yours mightily in Jesus name!