Fresh Hope – 18th September 2020

The phrase ‘chink in the armour’ has been used since the 17th Century to describe a weak spot – a point of vulnerability. 

Individuals would wear armour for protection in battle, so any gaps in the armour offered an opportunity for harm. 

Just like a gap in physical armour, a gap in our spiritual armour can offer an opportunity for attack. The enemy will find points of weakness and use the opening as a chance to damage us. Accounts in Matthew, Mark and Luke prove that he even did this to Jesus during his time in the wilderness. 

Jesus had been fasting for forty days and forty nights; Satan saw His empty stomach as a weak spot and began by encouraging Jesus to turn stones into loaves of bread. Even in his hunger, Jesus didn’t fail. He responded by quoting Deuteronomy, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”(Matthew 4:4)

The devil continued to try and wear Jesus down. He was relentless and even quoted scripture back at Jesus. 

However, Jesus’ spiritual armour was greater and he continued to counteract every threat with truths from Deuteronomy, which is filled with protective instruction. 

Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with your soul and with all your strength.

We protect ourselves by wrapping ourselves in scripture. To love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength means there is no chance of giving any strength to doubts or insecurities.  

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

We don’t have to look hard to find scripture to put the enemy’s temptations at bay. The Bible is full of promises to us and about us that cover any point of lack in our lives.

Where are your weak spots? What are you hungry for? Focus on strengthening these things by equipping yourself with scripture to fight back with. Be conscious of your weaknesses; bring them to God and protect yourself with layers of protective spiritual armour.

Fiona Geary

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