If you are a living, breathing human, you are going to experience spiritual warfare, and face the evil one at times during your life. Satan makes it his business to try to thwart us from living our lives for God. He wants nothing more than to hinder us from fulfilling God’s plan for our lives.
Here’s the great thing about that; not only has God outlined a plan for our lives, but He has given us the tools to achieve them and to stop Satan in his nasty tracks.
When we put on the full armor of God, we are ready for battle and can stand against any foe that tries to stand in our way from achieving God’s will for us.
So what are those tools? The tools are found in the armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:10-18.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore, put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand,
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Let’s look at each of these battle garments and see how we are to put them on each day.
Put on the belt of truth
This is the integrity of the believer. In Christian armor, it is our integrity that holds us, our faith and everything else together. Without integrity in all you do (the big and little things), you will lose your battle against evil. Speak in truth and use the Bible as your compass.
In biblical times, a soldier wore a leather girdle or belt. He wore it around his waist to protect his “private gear” and to carry his weapons including his sword. The belt was also used to hold his tunic in place.
Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness
This is the purity and righteousness of the Christian. For the Christian soldier, the breastplate of righteousness is used to protect our purity and our righteousness.
Satan wants you to be impure. He delights in tempting you with the immorality of the word – inappropriate movies, magazines, and websites, songs with filthy lyrics, daydreams and fantasies of things and people that are distasteful to God. THE EVIL ONE IS LOOKING FOR CHINKS IN YOUR ARMOR. He is trying to find a way through your breastplate to your heart and mind. He wants to tempt you away from God through unclean thoughts and deeds. Putting on this piece of God’s armor guards your heart against pride and any other arrow of sin. Be alert! Do not let the enemy in!
For the breastplate for a soldier, it was used to cover his heart and other vial organs.
Put on the Gospel of Peace (Shoes)
This is the peace in the believer’s heart and mind. God gives us peace through Him and in Him. Satan wants to upend your peace of mind and trample your tranquility. He does this by putting doubts in your mind or discouraging you. He also tries to throw obstacles in your way. If you find boulders in your way, causing you to lose footing in your walk with God, you know they were thrown by the devil to cause you to stumble.
Kick those stones out of your way with confidence knowing that “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 4:7)
You can guarantee that Satan is going to fire arrows of flame at you! Those arrows may be temptation, hurdles, feeling of doubt or discouragement, hurt, betrayal, etc. Putting on our shield of faith – Faith in our Creator – and being ready for what he throws at you will protect you from any flaming arrows. Raise your shield up to protect your heart. Faith is knowing that God is with you in every battle or war.
A soldier in Paul’s time would wear shoes with hobnails, which would prevent them from slipping and would give them a sure footing when marching or fighting.
Put on the Shield of Faith
You can guarantee that Satan is going to fire arrows of flame at you. Those arrows may be temptations, hurdles, feelings of doubt or discouragement, hurt, betrayal, etc. Putting on your shield of faith and being ready for what he throws at you will protect you from any flaming arrows.
The shield of the Roman soldier was rather large, approximately two feet by four feet, and was made with wood then covered with leather. During a battle, soldiers dipped arrows in oil, lit them on fire and shot them at the enemy troops. The shields were what kept them from being burned by the lighted arrows or having their hearts pierced.
Put on the Helmet of Salvation
As Christians, we are to guard our minds and have the minds of Christ. As I said above, the enemy is going to try to do all he can to put unclean thoughts in your head, doubts, fears and other attacks of the mind. Surround yourself with words and pictures that are pleasing to God (worship music, Christian friends, your Bible). Recognize that it is Satan and put on your helmet of Salvation.
The helmet of salvation is to guard your mind. The Roman soldier wore a sturdy helmet to protect his head. He knew that if his head became wounded, he wouldn’t be able to think or strategize, or worse yet, to live, if it were a mortal wound.
You were saved by Christ’s blood. Declare that to Satan and tell him to get out of your head!
Pull out the sword of the Spirit
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God! When we are hurting, doubting, afraid, tempted, the most effective weapon in our toolbox is the Word of God. He gave us the Holy Bible to use as an instructional manual for life, but also to use to fight sin and to find encouragement. When life has thrown you a curveball physically, financially or emotionally: read God’s Word, memorize it, write it in a journal, pray over it. Use the Word of God to fight off any lies or attacks from the devil.
We have the full armor of God already hanging in our closet,
if we are a believer. Each morning, when you dress, visualize putting on each of the pieces of the armor of God. It will set your day off right and remind you that God has given you the weapons to fight off any attacks from the enemy.
As I go through life’s course with Christ by my side, I want to thank one of his angels, Becky Stafford, for teaching me how to make a habit of putting on my armor every day. It has allowed me to fight off Satan as I continuing my blogging journey, and hopefully, in the near future, publish a course or ebook on Revelation. She is one of God’s beautiful people and is such an encourager! Thank you Becky!
It is my hope and prayer that I can be an encourager to each and every one of you! If you don’t know Christ as your Savior, I pray today is the day you ask Him into your heart so that you can have the assurances of His love and the protection of His armor. If you are already a Christian, may God continue to bless you and your loved ones as you use His armor to protect all that is near and dear to you.
GOD BLESS EVERYONE!
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