Maybe you have read the Bible verses in Ephesians 6:10-18 about putting on the armor of God. But what does that really mean? Each piece actually represents an action or attitude based on how the enemy attacks us.
The Apostle Paul teaches us to put on the armor of God while in a Roman prison around AD 62 These words still hold meaning for us today.
Paul is proof that God can and will save anyone. He is also proof that God can use anyone. God used Paul to convey His words to us in a very real way.
Paul talks about the “armor” of God because this is something the people of his day could relate to. They were used to seeing Roman soldiers and guards wearing armor so this made sense to them.
I love the image myself and it is a good reminder that we are in battle against satan every day. We need to be prepared!
Let’s look at each piece of the armor of God and figure out what it means and how we can use it today. After all AD 60-62 was a very long time ago!
The Helmet of Salvation
The helmet is the assurance of salvation. So many times satan will try to attack our minds. That makes this piece of armor one we should never forget. He will try to make christians question their salvation. When we are unsure of our salvation then we are not witnessing and sharing the good news of the gospel.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Sin opens the door for satan to attack us and work in our lives. So that makes this piece of armor very important. It protects our hearts. When we are living righteous lives we are protected from falling into sin. We will still make mistakes but we are aware of that, repent and turn from those wrong actions.
The Belt of Truth
In Roman times the belt was probably the most important piece of armor. It held everything together. Just like the truth of God’s word holds our lives together.
If we do not know what the Bible says then it is easy for satan to attack our minds and confuse us about what is really right and wrong.
Feet shod in the preparation of the Gospel of Peace
Just as a Roman soldier would not go into battle without his shoes, we can’t be effective in our spiritual battle without the armor of our shoes either.
Shoes allow us to walk without fear because we have protection. The Bible gives us peace. Perfect peace casts out fear. When we have peace we are more willing and able to share the truth of salvation.
The Sword of the Spirit
Charles Spurgeon once said “To be a Christian is to be a warrior.” No warrior would go into battle without the armor of his sword.
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, or the Bible. In Hebrews 4:12 the Bible says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
God’s word is alive and is a mighty weapon when satan tries to attack! Use the armor of God’s word to speak against satan when he tries to attack you and he has no other choice but to leave. He can’t argue with what God says is true.
The Shield of Faith
A shield guards someone from an oncoming attack. Ephesians 6:16 even says to “use the Shield of Faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
These “darts” can represent all of the lies the enemy, satan, tries to shoot at us. The lie that we are not loved, we are not enough, we will never be accepted, we cannot be forgiven, or we are bad. We are to use the Shield of Faith to deflect these lies satan tries to knock us down with.
As we can see from this passage God has given us armor that we, as Christians, are to use in our spiritual battles.
Importance of using God’s Armor
Some fight harder than others. I can tell you right now, if you are saved but not trying to live a righteous life then satan is not going worry about you. Why should he?
However, if you love God with all your heart and you are trying to live according to His word and serve Him with your life, then you better be ready because satan is after you.
Satan will use every weapon he can to shut you up. The enemy will study you and your life. He will look for a weakness where he can attack. This is why using God’s armor is so important.
We must “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” Ephesians 6:10 (ASV).
Do not give the enemy room to just move in and take over. We must be prepared because the Bible says “Be sober, be watchful; Your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour..” 1Peter 5:8 (ASV)
Be a warrior woman for your faith, your husband, your children and your home. Stand firm, dig your heals in and fight satan with everything you have. God has given you all you need to be victorious so use the weapons you have been given!
Remind satan who you are in Christ. You are a daughter of the King! You may not feel strong but you belong to the One who is.
I challenge you today to put your armor on and be the warrior woman God made you to be!
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