The Word of God clearly instructs you to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Then you are instructed, “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” (Ephesians 6:13). The remainder of this passage of Scripture describes each piece of essential armor and weaponry:
- Loins Girded with Truth (Ephesians 6:14)
The apostle Peter said to “gird up the loins of your mind” (1 Peter 1:13). Fill your mind with the Scriptures. Reading the Bible and meditating on the Word will protect you in your Christian walk.
- The Breastplate of Righteousness (Ephesians 6:14)
The breastplate covers the vital organs and speaks of the heart. The breastplate of righteousness fortifies the heart against the 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 (Ephesians 6:15)
The Word of God will affect your daily walk as it fills your mind, touches your heart, and is incorporated into your daily routine. So as you prepare for your day ahead, step into the Word, and let it strengthen your heart, mind, and soul with the truth.
- The Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:16)
The enemy often seeks to attack your vulnerabilities, but faith shields you from all manner of evil. When your faith joins forces with the Word in your mind, heart, and life, you will “be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Armed with the Word of God and faith, you can withstand the onslaught of the Enemy and render his fiery darts ineffective.
- The Helmet of Salvation (Ephesians 6:17)
A military helmet protects the soldier’s head from injury in battle. Some mistakenly believe that the helmet deals with the mind, but the helmet of salvation deals with doctrine. What you believe is who you are. Once the truth enters your mind, touches your heart, affects your life and walk, and is manifested in your actions, it becomes your nature. When you put on your helmet of salvation, it protects your nature, your character, and your doctrine. Applying God’s Word also makes you balanced and stable. When proper doctrine is placed in your life, you will not be moved by error, taken by false teaching, or distracted by the tactics of the Enemy.
- The Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17)
As your life becomes strong and established, the sword of the Spirit becomes an offensive weapon against the Enemy. Unmovable, unshakable, and because of the truth within, you can 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, 6-7). 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 do exploits and win every battle.
- Prayer and Supplication (Ephesians 6:18).
Prayer, the final weapon, is what keeps you. It is the prayer that covers and clothes you like a mantle. The Bible declares, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication.”