Life is a frightening battle for those who came without preparation. Answer this; would you attend a fierce battle without anything? Would you take a test without a pen? Or cook a meal without fire? In a similar way, Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us about something marvelous! The Armor of God consists of equipment that is undefeatable and mighty. Equipment that God has given freely to Christians. Actually, it is vastly immense in power that it can claim triumph over anything and everything. This especially pertains to spiritual warfare, something all Christian face every day. Let’s discover the strength the Armor of God brings.
The Armor of God
Firstly, this Armor is not a material thing; it transcends that. The Armor of God is a full set of the strongest tools we equip ourselves with. It protects us, save us, and make ourselves stronger. If we are asking why God would want to endow us with His Armor, it’s because we are bound to face a lot of terrifying enemies. Ephesians 6:10-18 also reminds us of what God has made clear; He said that we are not fighting the flesh. Instead, we are bound to face with wickedness and evil that’s beyond our capabilities as humans. The Armor of God is here to help us fight spiritual battles.
The idea of an actual war between men is indeed terrifying, and we have seen it first hand in the world’s history. In wars, men scream for their victory as they fire their loud guns towards their enemies. However, what’s worse than an actual war is a spiritual war. In this type of war, it is silent on the surface but, lethal in our souls. Without our consent, spiritual wars can kill life before we realize we are being attacked. In our status, we cannot see how the enemy is attacking us silently. But, God can. Therefore, He sent us a special armor where we can learn to use it and protect ourselves from evil. So, we should ask ourselves, are we wearing the Armor of God? Are we using the Armor of God?
Who Can Wear This?
This is some good news; anyone can put on the Armor of God. A person does not have to pass a test or send in an application to become a warrior in order to receive the universe’s best armor. However, this special armor can only be found in one outlet. It’s not a limited edition suit only for the few but, it’s an armor that’s made by request. This means we can request for the Armor of God through prayer.
Ephesians 6:18 tells us how we should pray for, who we should pray for, and when we should pray. We should pray on all occasions and requests. The Armor of God is for everyone who seeks it. Just like how we can receive God only by pursuing His Grace, this mighty armor is also something we need to ask for in order to receive it. Of course, prayer is the way to communicate with God. So, before we can suit up, we need to get down in prayer.
Inside the Full Armor of God
Buckle up! Here are the full inclusions of the Armor of God to save, protect, and strengthen us in our daily battles. The Christian life as a battle against sin and Satan. We are soldiers of Christ in a spiritual warfare (2 Corinthians 10:3). May these components of the Lord’s Armor envelope our bodies through prayer so we may be placed closer to God’s Grace.
The Belt of Truth
Specifically found in Ephesians 6:14, Paul writes to stand with the belt of truth around the waist. A little background on belts during Paul’s era, soldiers would wear a girdle or belt around their waist to not only protect their internal organs but, to also keep most of their war weapons accessible during battles. Their belts help carry their performance in the field of battle. Belts also help soldiers to protect themselves from the blades of their opponents.
In the same way, the Belt of Truth is what holds our protection and performance. When we strap on the truth God has for us, we hold everything in. If warriors can fight better with their weapons easily placed in their waists, the Belt of Truth keeps our faith and purpose easily accessible during spiritual battles we face. Truthfully, if we start wearing the Belt of Truth, the enemy cannot slash their blades of lies against us because of God’s blade of Truth protects us perfectly.
Moreover, we can associate the Belt of Truth with our integrity as believers. Belts are made “to keep everything together”. Therefore, when we know the truth which lies only with God’s Words, we keep everything together. Our relationships, happiness, purpose, careers, and every aspect in our lives are kept together by God’s truth which we can put on through the Belt of Truth as part of the Armor of God.
The Breastplate Of Righteousness
If there is a part of us that the enemy would prefer to attack, it would be our hearts. Why? Well, our hearts hold our righteousness, purity, love, and determination to resist what resists God. Indeed, it plays a vital role in our lives as believers. But, there’s one weakness to this highly essential part of our bodies and that is its vulnerability. Our hearts are the ones that accept God but if we are swayed by the enemy, our hearts also become one that rejects God.
But, we are highly blessed for the Lord has the Breastplate of Righteousness available for us. If we wear this, we are constantly reminded of what is right. Our eyes will not look to scenes where the Lord is not present, but towards the path of God’s righteousness. In our lives, it is easy to be angry, jealous, spiteful, and boastful. Sadly, this can take over our lives before we know it if we do not protect ourselves from it. Without the Breastplate of Righteousness, we are more prone to sin. As a result, we become more and more separated from God and our life’s true purpose. So, we must pray to receive the breastplate of righteousness to form the armor of God.
The Shoes Of Peace
They say that a good pair of shoes can take you to good places. It may seem like a common quote, but actually, there is truth to this statement. Ephesians 6:15 reminds us of how we are tasked to clothe our feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. But, what does God mean when He says this? To break this down, let’s recall how our shoes are tailored for the feet.
When we put our shoes on, we are able to walk on rough surfaces such as the streets or on slippery floors that are prone to causing us to slip and fall. Basically, we need shoes for us to walk right on any surface. In the same manner, the Gospel of the Lord or the Word of God is the pair of shoes that enable us to walk through the rough and slippery surfaces of our lives without being harmed or falling down.
But, why is peace being mentioned? We must remember how the Word of God is our safe ground against all the lies and illusions the enemy has against us. Without the Gospel, everything about life is a question filled with angst and depression knowing or not knowing what happens after a day has gone by. But with God’s Word, we are able to walk with ease through the kind of peace only God can give us.
The Shield of Faith
Here’s something interesting about how soldiers would prepare for a battle during Paul’s time. They would dip their arrows in oil and then they’d light it up so the shots they would shoot towards their enemy is with fire and is, therefore, more lethal. What we see in the movies about this is no exaggeration. The truth is also this; no matter how strong and fit a soldier is, if he is struck with an arrow drenched in oil and fire, he will not succeed. Unless of course, if he has a shield to block the arrow from harming him.
The Shield of Faith works this way; our faith is the biggest and greatest shield we have against the arrows of the enemy. The word “arrows” can branch to many things we are experiencing right now. It can be unresolved spite among relatives and friends, our tendency to gossip and judge people, our poor self-image, our lack of spiritual connection, or just about anything that fills our days with thoughts and actions that aren’t from the Hands of God.
But with faith, we can shield ourselves from anything. It doesn’t matter what we have in front of us, no matter how big and intimidating our shadows might look like. May we always keep this in mind; With the Shield of Faith, we have God. And if God is in control, it doesn’t matter who or what the enemy is. If God is for us, who can be against us? At the end of every outcome, God always wins and that’s an assurance only faith can verify. Simply put, wear the Armor of God and you will be shielded from all evil.
The Helmet of Salvation
Do you know that you are saved? If you don’t, then you cannot win any spiritual battle. A helmet protects our heads which is perhaps one of the most vital parts of our bodies. This piece of armor helps us to understand why we must put the truth of Salvation on our heads. Once we accept Jesus into our hearts and acknowledge that He has saved us, we are forgiven from our sins and are accepted into the Kingdom of God (John 3:16). So, it is very important to keep this helmet on our heads at all times because it not only protects us from evil but, assures us that there is no point in doubting God.
Moreover, if we don’t wear the Helmet of Salvation in our heads, the enemy can easily penetrate into our minds and corrupt our souls. The most important thing for you to have at all times is an assurance of your salvation. This is why Colossians 3:2 reminds us of how we should set our minds “above” and not on earthly things. So, gear up with the Helmet of Salvation and allow your minds to focus on the Only One that matters.
The Sword of the Spirit
In any battle, no warrior can expect to win just by the defense. Of course, we need a piece of equipment we can use to go for the offensive. This, exactly is what the Sword of the Spirit does. Among the inclusions of the Armor of God, this is used to counterattack what the enemy can use to tempt and blind us from the truth of God’s teachings. His words are “living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12).
In further explanation, the Sword of the Spirit refers to the power granted to those who are closer to the Word of God. It’s like a domino effect; whenever we expose ourselves more to the teachings of God, we avoid sin more and receive more of God’s Grace. This becomes our weapon when the devil attacks us. That is why it is so important that we study the Bible and become familiar with its truths and its power.
For example, when life hands us tempting matters like acts of sexual immorality. If we don’t have the Sword of Spirit to eliminate the devil’s attack by blinding us with actions that will surely offend God. Chances are, we might go with it for our flesh alone without the Lord isn’t as strong as we think it is. But, it doesn’t have to be like this; if we have the Sword of the Spirit, we have God in our actions. And guess what? If we have God, we have everything we need for protection. So, we need to memorize Scripture and use the Word of God to defeat Satan’s lies and attacks.
The Armor of God in Action
The Bible is a beautifully written historical and testimonial narrative of how great and merciful God is, whose love will never end. With this Book, we can also see the Armor of God in action through the lives of those who put it on and used it courageously for the Lord. In this list, we can see men of God who are prayer warriors. In connection to how we can acquire God’s armor, these men are also examples of how prayer is the only way of acquiring God’s full armor; it is the way to win a spiritual battle. Here are some of the biblical examples of people who wore the Armor of God.
Jehoshaphat King of Judah
Jehoshaphat was a man who had faith in God and trusted Him in all things. During his reign, there was a day where his military advisors informed him of an invasion of his land. However, this did not faze Jehoshaphat at all. Instead, he was praying with all his heart fervently (spirit). Upon communicating with God, he was told that this was the Lord’s battle and not Jehoshaphat’s battle (belt). The king did not doubt this (shield). He had faith (breastplate) in God’s words (shoes) and he acknowledged how he was totally dependent on God (helmet).
When Jehoshaphat woke up the next day, he received the news that the Lord had swept over the battle, bringing victory to Judah. This story of faith can be found in 2 Chronicles 20:20-30. Here, we see a man clothed in the Armor of God. Through prayer, he was able to confidently wear the armor of God. He believed that God will never leave him in the battle without a victory. This is one of the many effects of being clothed with God’s armor. It gives a hundred percent assurance that no matter what surfaces, the victory will be God’s.
Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego
During the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar, there three men were amongst the strongest in spirit (sword), fearing no one but God. Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego were highly respected officials in Babylon who refused to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar and his golden idol. They declared that there is only one God who all should worship (belt). When Nebuchadnezzar urged them to bow down before him, without any hesitation, they told the king that they would only serve God. These three men declared before the king that they are not going to be swayed by the false images he projected (breastplate). As a result, they were thrown into a blazing furnace, heated seven times hotter than normal. However, Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego had faith that God would save them from being burned (shield). They relied on God’s word (shoes) that they will not be harmed but instead be saved (helmet).
After being thrown into the furnace, the king witnessed four men in the fire. When called to come out from the furnace, surprisingly, there was no burning smell and their robes were untouched. No, these men did not possess any nullification powers or some sort but, they were blessed with something better. These prayer warriors accessed the Armor of God. With this Armor, they were protected from fire and fear because, in the very first place, they were rich in faith.
The Lesson Of The Armor of God
To sum it up, we learn two great lessons regarding the subject of the Armor of God. First, God loves and protects at all costs. He wants us to learn how to stand firm and strong amidst the threats of the enemy. He also gives us the freedom to choose if we want to dress in the Armor of God to fight for His Side. Second, we learn that our relationship with God is the ultimate weapon of our lives. If we notice it, all the great perks of the Lord’s Armor isn’t acquired through wealth or successes but, our faith that the Lord sees happily in us.
Today and in all days of our lifetime, we are to face a battle as the Lord’s beloved warriors and children. Stand strong with faith and walk with God’s Grace as we have the strongest, undefeated Armor of God strapped in our bodies to protect us and the Almighty Lord to love us for eternity and beyond. Life is indeed a war but with God, our victory is rest assured.