Armor of God

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Let’s take a look at the armor of God.

Ephesians 6:14-15

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. 

The first piece of the armor of God is the belt of truth. “The belt tied tightly around the waist indicated at the soldier was prepared for action.”1 The truth we are to tie around our waists is the truth of the gospel. We cannot be ready for battle until we know and understand the truth of the gospel. Who well do you know the truth of the gospel?

The second piece of armor is the breastplate of righteousness. It “covered the body from the neck to the thighs. It was known as a heart protector. In this context righteousness stands for uprightness and integrity of character. Our righteousness comes from Christ, it is not because of what we do but because of what He has done for us. Our hearts are to be protected by knowing where our righteousness comes from and wanting to live lives of integrity because of it.

The next piece of armor is the readiness of our feet. We are to be ready to share the gospel of piece and take it out to the world. When we understand the peace that comes form Christ, we can’t help but want to share it with others. Who have you shared the gospel with lately?

Ephesians 6:16-17

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.

When we face temptations from the enemy, it is our shield of faith that will extinguish them. We have to be firmly rooted in our faith and know how God wants us to live our lives and choose to follow His plans not our own or those we may be tempted to follow. When temptations come we can rely on our faith to help us withstand the temptations. The next piece of armor is the helmet of salvation. “‘Take’ is really receive or accept (dexasthe). The previous items were laid out for the soldier to pick up. The helmet and sword would be handed him by an attendant or by his armorbearer. The verb is appropriate to the ‘giveness’ of salvation.”

The final piece of armor is also the only offensive weapon. The word of God is the only offensive weapon we need. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert, He responded to each temptation with a word from God. He did not argue or try to explain his position, He simply stated the word of God. When we face temptations and challenges, being able to recall Scripture is what will help us overcome and persevere. This is why it is so important for us to know the word of God for ourselves and even memorize it. Our sword won’t be very effective if we can’t recall any of God’s word in our times of trouble.

Paul calls for us to put on the full armor of God. Which part of the armor are you lacking today? What do you use as an offensive weapon? How sharp is your sword; how well do you know the word of God?

 

 

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15 thoughts on “Armor of God

  1. This is great our pastor has been preaching the last few weeks on the Armor of God, Love it. Jim

    • Jim, what a great topic to preach on, no doubt you are being blessed by the messages. It is a great reminder for us to put on our armor each day and know that all of it comes from Him. Be blessed!

  2. whitefeather & Family Sweet Soap's

    Have you notice that there is no armor for your back… I have an idea 2 reasons… but what do you think? 🙂

    • Whitefeather, I haven’t really thought about the fact that there is no armor for our back. However, it may be because we are to be focused on the here and now and moving forward in our lives. We aren’t supposed to spend our time looking in the rearview mirror at our past. God is always with us and wants us to move forward with our lives.

      • whitefeather & Family Sweet Soap's

        This is true & because I do not think that we were not to retreat when things got tuff for us in life, but to go to our heavenly farther in prayer for His strength.

      • Whitefeather, I completely agree! We are to take our tough situations to the Lord. Be blessed.

  3. Love it! We need to mentally put this armor on every day before we get out of bed.

    • Julie, absolutely! Putting on the full armor each day is one way for us to start our day off focusing on the Lord and relying on Him. Blessings!

  4. Shelly, the comment that really got to me was this, “Our sword won’t be very effective if we can’t recall any of God’s word in our times of trouble.” I read His word daily but slack off at memorizing. Thanks for the kick in the conscience! Blessings

    • Sue, glad this post spoke to you. It is easy for us to slack off on reading the Word and memorizing verses that are meaningful to us. However, when we have some of it memorized, it will easily come back to us in times of need. It is a reminder I needed as well. Be blessed!

  5. Shelly, I always love when this verse is delved into more to help me think. It’s such a powerful verse that we should return to often to remind ourselves to always be prepared. I might just print this out and put on my fridge!

    • Holly, thanks for the kind words. It is so important for us to put on the full armor of God daily. It is easy to get halfway through the day and realize we haven’t put on our armor. It is a great reminder of our dependence upon the Lord and His strength. Be blessed!

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