“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
In my last post, I talked about the importance of the Armor of God. Now, I’m going to focus on how to use the armor and how it helps us have victory over our enemies.
-The Belt of Truth
The first weapon Paul directs us to is the belt of truth. (Ephesians 6:14a) So, what is so important about this particular weapon that Paul would make it the first one we learn about? Take a look at John 8:32 which says, “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” How does truth make us free? Not only does it free us from the bondage of guilt that comes from lying, but it also sets us free from sin. Without truth, we would never know the difference between right and wrong and therefore would forever be in bondage of sin. Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Sin holds us back from running the race God has given us. We have to be set free from sin to be able to run with endurance. Without being set free from sin, we would profit nothing from our other armor.
-The Breastplate of Righteousness
In Ephesians 6:14b, Paul tells us to, “put on the breastplate of righteousness.” In Bible times, soldiers would wear breastplates to protect their heart from the arrows of the enemy. The spiritual breastplate of righteousness protects our hearts from the fiery darts of satan. One thing that is crucial to understand about this is that it is not our own righteousness that protects us, but God’s. If we were to use our own righteousness to guard our heart, satan would be able to pierce through it with ease. No, our own righteousness is nowhere near being strong enough to protect us. Only the righteousness of God that flows through us will be strong enough to deflect the lies of satan.
-The Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace
Ephesians 6:15 says, “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” So what exactly does that mean? My Bible notes states:
“Roman soldiers wore shoes with nails in them to grip the ground in combat. The gospel of peace pertains to the good news that, through Christ, believers are a peace with God and He is on their side. It is that confidence of divine support which allows the believers to stand firm, knowing that since he is at peace with God, God is his strength. (Romans 8:3)”
We are able to stand strong when the battle comes because of God’s strength in us.
-The Shield of Faith
The kind of shield Paul tells us about in Ephesians 6:16 is not a small one, but one that protects the whole body. One of satan’s most frequently used tactics is to try to plant seeds of doubt in the believer’s mind. The shield of faith will protect us from these lies. We just have to believe even when things don’t make sense. Our continual trust and faith in God is necessary to deflect the doubts and lies of satan.
-The Helmet of Salvation
Sometimes satan will tell us lies to make us question weather our salvation is real or not. He wants us to feel not good enough. He wants us to let any guilt we might have overtake our assurance of being a child of God. That is why Paul tells us to put on the helmet of salvation. When we do, we can stand strong in God’s many eternal promises of salvation in His word. Paul outlines the benefits of our salvation in Ephesians 2:1-10. These truths combat the lies of the enemy.
-The Sword of the Spirit
And last, but definitely not least, is the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17b) This is one of the most powerful weapons we have been given. Jesus gives us a perfect example of how to use our sword in Matthew 4 when satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness. With each lie satan spoke, Jesus used His sword to pierce through them. (Matthew 4:4,7,10) Not only does it destroy the lies of satan, but it also is our guide. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” In a world full of darkness, the Bible is our light. In a world full of lies, the Bible is our truth.
The armor of God truly is an amazing thing! And if we learn to use them the way God intended us to, victory is on our side.