A prepared soldier will not go into battle without the appropriate armor. The potential for victory in a battle hinges upon suitable armor and appropriate weaponry.
A spiritual battle requires spiritual weapons. The Word instructs us clearly:
“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
Then Scripture continues on this theme of armor-wearing by stating:
“Wherefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day” (Ephesians 6:13).
Subsequent scriptures describe essential armor and weaponry for the believer’s use in withstanding and defeating the enemy. It is interesting to note that the first five pieces of armor have a defensive purpose in battle, while the remaining two pieces are specifically used in offensive action.
Defensive armor provides protection for the vital organs of the soldier when facing the enemy. From a spiritual perspective, the whole armor of God, applied and used properly, provides full protection and enables the believer to hold his ground against the enemy until victory comes.
Here is your armor for deliverance and spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6):
• “Loins girt about with truth” (v.14). Your loins deal with your mind. (“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,” 1 Peter 1:13 says). Fill your mind with the Word. Reading and meditating on the Bible will protect you in your Christian walk.
• “The breastplate of righteousness” (v.14). The breastplate covers the vital organs and speaks of the heart. The breastplate of righteousness fortifies the heart against attacks of the enemy. Allow the righteousness revealed in God’s Word to influence your mind and penetrate deeply into your heart. When the truth of the Bible touches your life, it brings transformation and renewal (Romans 12:2).
• “Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (v.15). The Word of God must affect your walk or your life. This happens as the Bible fills your mind, touches your heart, and is manifest or seen in your daily routine. It all begins with your mind. You begin to read the Word and hear the Word; it then influences and fills your heart with truth. This affects your actions every day.
• “The shield of faith” (v.16). Faith brings powerful results, for when faith is joined with the Word in your mind, heart, and life, “ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Armed with the Word of God and faith, we can withstand the onslaught of the enemy and render his fiery darts ineffective.
• “The helmet of salvation” (v.17). In the natural the helmet protects the head from injury in battle. Some mistakenly believe that the helmet deals with the mind. However, the helmet of salvation deals with doctrine. Once the truth enters your mind, touches your heart, affects your life and walk, and is manifest in your actions, it becomes your nature. The helmet of salvation deals with your nature, you character, your doctrine—what you believe is who you are. Application of God’s Word makes you balanced and stable. When proper doctrine is in place in your life, you are not moved by error or taken by false teaching.
• The sword of the Spirit (v.17). All the armor up to this point has served a defensive purpose, intended for use in facing the enemy. And although the Bible is connected to each element of God’s armor, the sword of the Spirit is specifically the Word of God, for it used as an offensive weapon against the enemy.
As your life becomes strong and established in the Scriptures, the sword of the Spirit becomes an offensive weapon against the enemy. Unmovable, unshakable, and because of the truth within, you are able to stand victoriously against the evil one and his army.
In three consecutive instances, Jesus Christ Himself used the Word of God as He resisted satan’s temptation, saying, “It is written…” (Matthew 4:4-7). Armed with the sword of the Spirit, you can take back the territory that belongs to you, including your family, your finances, and your health. God’s strength is sufficient for you, enabling you to win every battle.
• Prayer and supplication (v.18). The final weapon is what keeps and sustains you, and that’s prayer that covers and clothes you like a mantle! The Bible declares, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”
Seven pieces of armor—seven weapons of war!
We must understand and master our weapons, just as surely as infantry soldiers during basic military training learn to disassemble, assemble, and operate weapons and field equipment under the most pressurized conditions—until it becomes second nature and instinctive.
No matter what happens, we must be thoroughly prepared!
And as you go through basic training to prepare for spiritual battle against the forces of hell, the Living Word must be ever-present in your mind. The Bible must be in your heart. The Word must be reflected in your walk. The Scripture must be in your faith and actions. The Word must be in your character. The Bible must be in your mouth—the sword of the Spirit; prayer must be a primary weapon.