Nehemiah Chapter 4:16-23 Bible Study
Our Stand - The Armour of God
by I Gordon
 ↩ Ditto with the armour of God. It should be on BEFORE the time arises. So what is it? Well, here was Paul, chained up & guarded by Roman Soldiers. Staring at them day and night he starts writing.....
Gird your loins with the belt of truth. - The belt on the Roman Soldiers was the most important piece because nearly all of the other armour was fastened onto it. It held everything together and in place. This is how important truth is. If your faith is based on error, then your armour will fall off! All of the armour is related to truth. The truth of the gospel sets us free!
Put on the breastplate of righteousness - This guarded the heart. The righteousness that defeats the enemy is the righteousness of God, given as a gift to the believer. Satan cannot answer the work of God and all his accusations and condemnation is totally repelled by the believer who knows that thru Jesus' righteousness he is spotless and without fault.
Shod your feet with the gospel of peace - The shoes were for grip and secure footing in the battle. The gospel of peace is that through Jesus' work we have peace and free access to God. This peace and rest gives us the assurance and stability needed for the fight. Not wavering in our salvation but standing firm, sure that our salvation is secure in God.
Taking up the shield of faith - The shield guards us from the enemies assault. It is faith that does this. Not faith in faith, but faith in the faithfulness of God! Psalm 91:2 'His faithfulness is a shield'. Gen 15:2 'Do not fear. I am a shield to you'. It is a faith that continues to believe despite our feelings or circumstances.
Take the helmet of salvation - Protect the head cause you don't want to lose that! Guards our mind. 1 Thess 5:8 'put on... as a helmet, the hope of salvation.' This is salvation in its fullest sense. This is the hope (confident assurance) that in whatever situation we find ourselves in, God can and will bring us through safely. This guards the mind!
The sword of the Spirit - Our only attacking weapon. It's the word of God. The enemy cannot counter the truth of Gods word. This is of course what Jesus used when he was tempted by the Devil. The word of God is 'living and active, sharper than any two edged sword.' Again, truth is important here as even the enemy will use scripture out of context when need be.
 ↩ It is interesting that the word of God is given both to guard and build. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 'All scripture is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.' In other words, two out of the four reasons the word is given is for correcting and guarding against wrong teaching. And two out of four are given for building and training in the correct way. Some see correction as negative, but it is all necessary and positive, just like in Nehemiah's day where both were necessary.
Related Series Posts
- Nehemiah 1 Bible Study The Christian's Life and Warfare
- Nehemiah 2: The Reproach, the Rock & the Rubble
- Nehemiah 3 Bible Study Gates of Jerusalem & Spiritual Progress
- Nehemiah 4: Sanballat's Initial Attack - Confuse that mind.
- Nehemiah 4: Sanballat's Second Attack - Physical Persecution
- Nehemiah 4 Bible Study Our Stand, The Armour of God
- Nehemiah 6: The Trump Card - Geshem and Worldly Compromise.
- Nehemiah 6: Our Defense - Recognising the great work
- Nehemiah 6: Sanballat Strikes Back - The angel of light!
- Nehemiah 7: The Last Enemy - Tobiah that 'good' man!
- Nehemiah 13: Tobiah Part 2 - Get him off the throne!