June 1, 2005
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God…
The armor of God requires several pieces to protect us against Satan’s attacks. The ancient Roman soldier wore several pieces to keep himself safe when fighting against the enemy. As believers, we are called to put on several pieces of spiritual armor.
- Belt of Truth: Paul said we need to be supported and strengthened at the waist by the truth of God, because Satan comes against us with deception.
- Breastplate of Righteousness: Cover your heart with purity and righteousness so you will be prepared when the devil comes against you with defilement. That righteousness can only come from living a pure life in Jesus Christ.
- Shoe of Peace: The shoe of peace gives strength, preventing cold and crippled feet when delivering the Gospel message to our lost world. Christian soldiers can find stability when Satan attacks when they clothe themselves with the gospel of peace through Jesus Christ.
- Shield of Faith: When Satan comes against you with doubt, deception, and conflict the shield of faith can bring certainty! You can’t keep the devil from throwing darts, but you can keep him from starting a fire in your life if you’ll put up the shield of faith.
- Helmet of Salvation: When the devil sneaks up behind you to destroy your mind, put on the helmet of salvation. The word here is deliverance. If you know Jesus Christ in your heart and mind, you can count on His protection and deliverance when Satan charges you.
- Sword of the Spirit: When Satan moves in for the kill, you can find victory over him in God’s Word just as Jesus did in the wilderness. The Word of God is alive, powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword. It is pure and perfect, infallible and inerrant, and when you know it, you can use it to beat out Satan and his army in every attack.
Protect yourself, Christian. Jesus is your Truth. Jesus is the breastplate of righteousness. He is your gospel of peace and shield of faith. In Him you will find the helmet of salvation. And He is the eternal and living Word of God. No battle will be lost if you arm yourself with these things through Christ Jesus, our Commander and Lord.
PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.