The Armor of God
13, Therefore put on the full armour 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. 14, Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16, In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17, Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18, 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.
For in verse 12 of the same chapter it also says ‘’12 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.’’ As we can see from scripture by putting on the full armour of GOD we can defend ourselves against all the attacks and fiery dots the enemies might throw at us, whenever we are doing the work of God because the devil will try all his best to stop the work of God from being fulfilled. Now let us examine each of these weapons.
The Belt Of Truth
In Christian armour, it is the integrity that holds everything else together. If you do not have integrity in the big and small things of your life, you are going to lose the battle. Would people say that you are a woman or man of integrity?
The Breastplate Of Righteousness
The enemy wants to attack you not only with lies, but also with impurity. He wants you to read filthy magazines, watch immoral movies, and engage in all temptations of the flesh. The bottom line is that Satan wants to get into your heart and mind. He’s looking for a crack in your armour. And don’t be fooled. Satan knows where that crack is. Is your heart pure before God?
The Shoes Of Peace
Unless you have a solid footing of peace, you can never make war. Sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? When Satan comes against your tranquillity, he throws out stones and briars of doubts and discouragement to cause you to stumble. Do you have peace right now?
The Shield Of Faith
Satan is going to fire flaming arrows of doubt at you. He wants to place subtle doubts in your mind about God and His Truth. He knows a spark can ignite a big fire. You will need to feed your faith and starve your doubts. Are there any seeds of doubt in your mind today?
The Helmet Of Salvation
The Believer’s Sanity – A soldier used a helmet to protect his head because if his head was wounded, he wouldn’t be able to think quit frankly he won’t be able to survive. Every believer needs to have the mind of Christ under the control of Almighty God.
Sword of the Spirit
The Word of God – When we are tempted, the most effective weapon that God has given to us as believers is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Jesus modelled this so beautifully during His temptation in the wilderness. When the devil tried temptation after temptation against Him, Jesus used the sword of the Spirit. Jesus spoke the Word of God to Satan. In Luke 4:1-13, Jesus responded, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord God only. Him only you shall serve.” and again brought the Scripture back into context, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
This is the power of the sword of the Spirit at work. We are to study and embed it into our hearts, so that whenever the devil strikes with his lies and attacks we can defend ourselves using the power scriptures of the word of God.
Therefore, as believers if we’re going to do anything for the Lord, know that we are going to experience spiritual warfare. It’s inevitable. We’re fighting unseen enemies that will stop at nothing to try to hinder us from fulfilling God’s plan for our lives. But understand that we’re not alone and we have power. We’ve got supernatural protection for a supernatural fight. The full armour of God. To help us and to keep us safe