“Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all, to stand firmly in your place.” (Ephesians 6:12)
The Bible says that God is a man of war and that He teaches our fingers how to fight. Part of that fight is putting on the armor of God. Let’s look at each piece of the armor:
The Belt of Truth – “having tightened the belt of truth around your loins.” The belt is around our core or our center. The place where we are grounded. His Truth should be our foundation.
The Breastplate of Righteousness – “having put on the breastplate of integrity and moral rectitude and right standing with God.” The breastplate covers our heart and all our critical organs. Wounds to these organs can be fatal. Our relationship with Jesus Christ ensures that we are in right standing with God. It is our salvation that puts the breastplate of righteousness on.
The Gospel Shoes of Peace – “having shod your feet in preparation of the Gospel of peace.” As Christians, we are the only people who have the peace of God. It can be found nowhere else but Jesus. Everywhere we go, we should be spreading the peace of God among people.
The Shield of Faith – “lift up over all the covering shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the fiery darts of the enemy.” In the Apostle Paul’s day, the Roman shield was the size of a door. It literally covered the entire body from arrows and spears. Our faith in God’s ability to defend us, is our shield. The full confidence in HIM.
The Helmet of Salvation – “and take the helmet of salvation.” The helmet covers our head or more specifically our minds. Satan bombards our minds relentlessly with thoughts. The helmet of salvation is being fully persuaded in the saving power of our God. It is the knowledge of the authority that Jesus purchased for us–and standing in it.
The Sword of the Spirit – “the sword of the Spirit wields which is the Word of God.” The sword is both a defensive weapon and an offensive weapon. The Word of God spoken out of our mouth against the enemy or over a situation in our lives can make all the difference between victory or defeat. Words are powerful.
Our heavenly Father is so smart! He has thought of everything to help us be victorious over every situation we face in life. He didn’t promise we wouldn’t have hard times, but He does promise to be with us and help us through it. Use the complete armor of God in your struggles. Jesus paid for it, so take advantage of all that He did on that Cross!