HOW TO PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD
Updated: Nov 7, 2017
The Belt (of Truth): "Stand firm in the belt of truth buckled around your waist." Ephesians 6:14. The belt of truth involves two places; our hearts and our minds. Truth keeps us secure in Christ and makes effective all the other pieces of armor. The belt of truth holds our armor in place. Commit yourself daily to walk in the light of God's truth.
The Breastplate (of Righteousness): "With the breastplate of righteousness in place," Ephesians 6:14. A soldier wearing a breastplate will go into battle boldly and with confidence. Satan is always attacking us with lies, accusations and reminders of past sin that God has already forgiven us for. Without the breastplate of righteousness, these attacks of Satan and his demonic entities will penetrate your heart. You must protect your heart from the enemy at all times.
The Shoes (of Peace & Preparation): "For shoes, put on peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared." Ephesians 6:15. Shoes allow us to step freely and without fear while we turn our full attention to the battle at hand, They aid in our movement and defense. the shoes God gives propel us onward to proclaim the true peace, which is available in Christ. Always remember to follow the Lord no matter the circumstance.
The Shield (of Faith): "Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." Ephesians 6:16. The shield of faith not only defends out whole body but also our armor. the shield of faith stops Satan's attacks before they even get to our armor. It thwarts the fiery darts of the evil one. The shield moves with the attack regardless of which direction it comes from.
The Helmet (of Salvation): "Take the helmet of salvation." Ephesians 6:17. Satan's target: Your mind. Satan's weapon: Lies. The enemy wants to make us doubt God and our Salvation. The helmet protects our minds from doubting the truth of God's saving work for us. "Since we belong to the day, we must be serious and put the armor of faith and love on our chests, and put on a helmet of the Hope of Salvation" 1 Thessalonians 5:8
The Sword (of the Spirit): Put on "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Ephesians 6:17. The sword is the only weapon of offense in the armor, but it is also a tool for defense. Strongholds, arguments and thoughts are all weapons the enemy uses against us. With the Sword of the Spirit, God's word, the people are equipped to deal with them all. We need to trust in the truth of God's Word. Have confidence in the value of God's Word. You have to be hungry for the Word of God.