Maybe you have read the Bible verses in Ephesians 6:10-18 about putting on the armor of God. But what does that mean? Each piece represents an action or attitude based on how the enemy attacks us.
If you belong to Christ, then you are involved in spiritual warfare.
Ephesians 6:12 says, "For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in the dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places" (NLT)
Priscilla Shrier does a great job of helping you understand how to use the Armor of God in your life to fight the spiritual battles you may face.
The Apostle Paul teaches us to put on the armor of God while in a Roman prison around A.D. 62. These words still hold meaning for us today.
Paul is proof that God can and will save anyone.
Paul spent his time persecuting the new testament church.
He believed he was honoring God by torturing the early Christian church and killing them.
He is also proof that God can use anyone.
While on the road to Damascus, Paul met God.
Sometimes people know God but do not have a genuine relationship with God. For example, Paul had a religion but no relationship.
But on that day, Paul met Christ Jesus.
This was the first time Paul experienced the love of God in a personal way.
He came to know the Lord Jesus Christ and experienced the truth of God’s word.
He gained the most critical thing, eternal life, through the righteousness of Christ.
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 a battle against satan’s attacks every day.
If we are going to fight against the “spiritual hosts of wickedness” and the “rulers of the darkness of this age,” then we better pick up the weapons of our warfare and use the divine power given to us as people of God.
The schemes of the devil are designed specifically for each one of us.
He is the Father of lies. He loves to confuse and distract us, so we take our eyes off God.
Therefore, 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 in practical ways in our daily life. After all, A.D. 60-62 was a very long time ago!
The Helmet of Salvation
The first step is to put on our helmet of salvation.
The helmet is the assurance of salvation.
Without this firm foundation, Satan will try to attack our minds. That makes this piece of armor one we should never forget.
Satan will try to make Christians question their salvation.
We are not witnessing and sharing the gospel’s good news when unsure of our salvation.
The helmet of salvation also helps us to have the mind of Christ.
When Jesus was led into the wilderness by Satan, Jesus used God’s word against every temptation.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Sin opens the door for Satan to attack us and work in our lives.
When we deliberately live in sin, you know that sin you don’t want to give up; you have given the enemy an open invitation to attack you.
The Christian life is sometimes hard.
So that makes this piece of armor very important. It protects our hearts against the devil’s schemes.
Proverbs 4:23 tells us, "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of our life."
So that makes our hearts a vital organ that needs to be protected.
The Roman soldiers used their breastplates to protect their vital organs.
When we are living righteous lives, we are protected from falling into sin.
Of course, we will still make mistakes. We are human, and it is easy to get distracted daily.
But, as Christians, we have the Holy Spirit to guide and help us.
The Belt of Truth
In ancient times, the Roman soldier’s belt was an essential 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, it is easy for Satan to attack our minds and confuse us about right and wrong.
Remember us talking about having the mind of Christ?
The belt of truth is an effective weapon against every spiritual attack.
Without knowing God’s truth, how can we defend ourselves from the wiles of the devil? We can’t.
Remember, Satan is the Father of Lies and confusion.
We must be able to discern between the truth of God’s word and the lies of the enemy.
“Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather, it is the difference between right and almost right.” Charles Spurgeon
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.
Ephesians 6:13 "Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy on the evil day."
The shoes of the Roman soldier had little spikes on the bottom to help them dig their feet into the ground to stand firm.
The shoes of peace allow us to be Christian soldiers, standing firm on the truth of God’s word.
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 ultimate truth of salvation.
We can boldly share the good news of peace and the hope of salvation.
The Sword of the Spirit
“To be a Christian is to be a warrior.” – Charles Spurgeon
No warrior would go into battle without one of his most powerful tools, his sword.
So the Roman soldier used his sword in hand-to-hand combat.
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God or the Bible.
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 offensive weapon when satan tries to attack.
When the spiritual forces of evil try to come against you, use the armor of God’s word to speak against the powers of this dark world.
When faced with God’s truth, the enemy has no choice but to leave. He can’t argue that what God says is true.
The Shield of Faith
A shield guards someone against an oncoming attack.
Ephesians 6:16 even says, "use the Shield of Faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one."
These “darts” can represent all the lies the enemy shoots 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 flawed.
We are to use the Shield of Faith to deflect these lies satan uses to try to knock us down.
I love this image of all the Roman soldiers holding up their shields to protect them from the flaming darts of their enemies.
When we put on the whole armor of God, we can put out the flaming arrows of the devil’s schemes.
When you hold up your shield, you activate your faith, an essential part of your spiritual armor.
Importance of using God’s Armor
Some fights are more challenging than others.
I can tell you right now that Satan is not worried about you if you are saved but not trying to live a righteous life. Why should he?
However, if you love God with all your heart, try to live according to His Word, and serve Him with your life, you better be ready because Satan is after you.
You are using God’s word to fight the good fight against the enemy of God.
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 that he can attack.
This is why we must wear the full armor of God.
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)
Stand firm, dig your heels 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.
The last piece of armor is prayer.
"Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." Ephesians 6:18
One of the best ways to fight satan’s attacks is to pray!
Prayer is our lifeline, and it is our connection to the Father.
It opens the door for us to have a personal conversation with the Creator of the universe.
God tells us,
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
Do you need help bringing your thoughts in line with the word of God?
Philippians 4:8 tells us, "Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."
Is the enemy trying to make you doubt your identity in Christ?
Does he remind you about all of your past sins, making you think you are broken or unworthy?
Sister, when God saved you, He put the robe of Christ’s righteousness around you, and all God sees when He looks at you is a beautiful daughter washed clean through the blood of His precious son Jesus.
He sings His songs of love over you!
Does the enemy attack you causing you to be anxious, fearful, or doubt God’s love?
Pray! Talk to God and tell him you need help.
Tell Him you can’t do this alone and need God to intervene and help you. T
hen put on all the pieces of the armor of God, put on your helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, shoes of the gospel of peace, pick up your shield of faith, and take up your sword.
Because you, my dear sister, are in a war.
“Our praying needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage that never fails.” E.M. Bounds
David wrote some of the most heartfelt prayers, and we have a record of them in the book of Psalms.
His prayers show that David had a relationship with God and was confident that God knew him.
"O Lord, You have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I'm far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!" I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there, your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night-but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you, the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous - how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me! ... Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life."
I challenge you today to put your armor on and be the warrior woman God created you to be.
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Be blessed in the battle!