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 wrote these words while in a Roman prison around AD 62 and 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 and figure out what it means and how we can use it today. After all AD 60-62 was a very long time ago! We will just start at the head and go down.
The Helmet of Salvation
Obviously we can’t go around in this day and time wearing literal armor. The helmet is the assurance of salvation. So many times satan will try to attack our minds. 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. When we are living righteous lives we are protected from falling into sin. That doesn’t mean we don’t still make mistakes, of course we will. However, we don’t stay in the mud. We are aware we are doing wrong and 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, God’s word, 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 our shoes either. Shoes allow us to walk without fear because we have protection. The Gospel, God’s word, gives us peace. Perfect peace cast out fear. When we have peace we are more willing and able to share.
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 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 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. I often think of arrows and Ephesians 6:16 even says to “use the Shield of Faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” These arrows can represent all the lies the enemy, satan, tries to shot at us. The lie that we are not loved, we are not enough, we will never be accepted, we cannot be forgiven, we are bad. We are to use the Shield of Faith to deflect these lying arrows satan tries to knock us down with.
As we can see just from this passage the instruction God has given us to use our Armor that we, as Christians, are in a spiritual battle. 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 isn’t gonna 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. He will use every weapon he can to shut you up. This is where being a Warrior Woman is important.
Be a warrior woman for your faith, for your husband, for 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!
Be blessed, be faithful and live fearless!
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