The Full Armor of God
Once we have gotten our walk right. We have controlled over what is clean and unclean and put aside the profane and walk in the sacred we are ready and fit for battle, and the battle is more real than the unprepared can ever realize. If you are not right with God you will not stand against the devil. If your temple of the Holy Spirit is not clean out, the devil will use what you have neglected to throwout against you.
So clean your house before you think you can put on this armor.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; 16 besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Eph. 6:10-20
When we first come to believe in Messiah we are often uncomfortable with the idea of a devil or the spirit world in general. It is one thing to believe in God it is quite another to believe in the devil. The devil is that joke we see comedians using to make fun of those religious people. However the Bible is clear that the divil is a really entity, and his name is Satan not Lucifer.
FYI: Lucifer is one of those words that is totally made up. It is Latin for shinning one. In Is 14 the planet Venus is called the shinning one, and that got translated into Latin as Lucifer. Then sloppy lazy preachers applied the name to Satan. (See Also: Lucifer just another name)
Our enemy is one fine scam artist, one of his greatest trick is to make people think he isn’t even real. That there are no such thing as the devil or evil spirits. However it is the devil and demons that we are really fighting. We tend to get our eyes on people. The teacher who teaches evolution, or the global warming advocate, the politician who passes laws to kill unborn babies etc. But it is these mere men that we were told to make disciples of, not fight. We must break that control that the demonic forces of this world have by making disciples. (See Also: The Welsh Revival) Then they to can wear the armor and fight the fight.
Our enemies are actually, the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. That is quite an alarming list of beings, which is why we need the Armor of God.
Belt of Truth
In ancient armor it is the belt that held all the other pieces of armor together. Truth is what keep everything else working. It is truth that sets on free.
“. . . and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32
This is one of the most difficult things to get believer to understand. Satan can use lies. He is the father of lies.
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
The meaning is simple, we must examine every aspect of our lives looking for truth and error. If something is not truth we must discard it. Lies are the tools of Satan. Look at the things we believe, are they Biblical or are they fiction? What is their source? The Bible, Judaism, Paganism, Legend, or Myth?
The universe is a creation of the living God and not an ascendent, Christmas is not Jesus’ birthday, Easter is not the day our Savior rose from the dead, etc. Lies are the Devils territory.
Breastplate of Righteousness
Anyone struck by sword or spear in the center of the body was sure to be killed. The breastplate were just like our modern bullet proof vests they protected the vital organs. Our enemy Satan wants to take us out before we can begin to preach and teach.
We have a problem.
as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;” Rom. 3:10
However there is a solution. Our righteousness is not our acts, we cannot even think to do good. Our righteousness is in Messiah’s act of obedience unto death.
21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction; 23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins; 26 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus. Rom. 3:21-26
To fight the spirit world we must make our stand in the righteousness of Messiah and not our own. It is by His authority that our life force is protected.
Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall hurt you. Luke 10:19
Shoes of the gospel of peace/shalom
The congregation of the Lord does not march to war, we march to peace. Peace is not the absence of conflict between man and man but rather the absence of conflict between man and God. It is that absolute assurance that no matter what happens to our life and body, our soul is safe with God. Nothing can harm us without permission from the Throne.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matt. 10:34
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
So Sally forth into battle, there is nothing to fear.
Shield of Faith
. . . with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.
The Roman shield which was the state of the art at the time this was written, were built to quench burning arrows. This was accomplished by soaking the shields leather covering in water before battle. It was impossible to stop the Roman army with flaming arrows.
Helmet of Salvation
Similar to the breastplate that protects all the vital organ the helmet protects the brain from a death blow. Without salvation you have no eternal life.
and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, Heb. 5:9
Sword of Word
Our only weapon is the word of God. Far to many “young in the faith” wade out into this battle with little knowledge of their only weapon. We must study, we must memorize, our words mean nothing, only the Words of the Bible have power.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Heb. 4:12
Prayer in the Spirit
This is to be a prayer for alertness. We need help to see into spiritual realms. The evil we perceive with our physical eyes are not the true evil of this world. We must seek to become ever more vigilant to the wiles of the Devil.
There is no back plate in this armor. There is nothing covering a retreat. So we must never retreat. We must never runaway. There is only forward and attack. We must stand and face our true enemy.