Posted by: missionventureministries | October 7, 2013

THE ARMOR OF GOD – Ephesians 6:13-17

Armor of God - Ephesians 6 mvm

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  

There is a reason why God gave us His armor because we have to use it when we battle against the enemy. Without the protection of the armor of God, we are defenseless against the spiritual realm. 

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist – The belt of truth around our waist is vital. It protects us against the lies and falsehood that the devil uses to destroy our faith in God and His promises.  

With the breastplate of righteousness in place – This refers to the fact that we were placed in right standing with God through the blood of Jesus. He vindicated us morally and restored us in God’s eyes. The breastplate is our righteousness through Jesus Christ and that is why it protects our most vulnerable part, our heart that was made innocent of sin and holy through the cross. 

And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace – Our feet are fitted with shoes or sandals and are ready to go wherever He sends us to spread the Good News in peace. This refers to our willingness to evangelize the world. This does not mean that you have to go overseas; you can minister right in your own neighborhood, in your workplace or within your circle of friends. Next time you put your shoes on; think about all the places they will take you and the opportunities you will have to tell people about Jesus. 

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. – The shield of faith deflects the burning arrows of the enemy. We must have faith, so the Lord equips us with the shield of faith for those times when we experience doubt. Put up your shield through prayer, quoting Scripture that you have memorized. These are a powerful shield against the enemy. Read or say Bible verses out loud if you have to, because hearing the Word will give you faith and you will withstand the enemy. 

Take the helmet of salvation – The helmet will keep your head and mind secure from the enemy as we place it on our head. The helmet was essential for the survival of a soldier in battle. Paul in using the word “salvation” indicates that the helmet is a source of total deliverance. In Jesus, we can find deliverance in every situation, spiritual, emotional, and physical. He has to be our source, our guide, our “way out”. We cannot deliver ourselves.  

And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God – The sword of the Spirit is used to withstand and slay the enemy. The Word of God is a powerful and mighty weapon that is sharper than any sword. If you do not remember a verse by memory ask and trust in the Holy Spirit because He will give you the right words to say. 

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” – Ephesians 6:18. Continual prayer in the Spirit makes us vigilant. It is our direct communication line with God and is strengthened by thanksgiving and praise. 

God equips us with His armor not only that we can stand our ground during the fight, but that we might also have the victory in Christ Jesus.

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