Our General, Jesus Christ, did not leave us defenseless when he returned to our Father in Heaven. First, He sent us the Holy Spirit to guide, direct, and advise us. He also gave us The Armor of God which includes: belt, breastplate, boots, shield, helmet, sword, and communication. It is our responsibility to use them.
As with defensive and offensive weapons, we must first learn how to use them, then become proficient. It doesn’t do us any good to have weapons at our disposal and not be able to use them. Let’s look at each of them and become familiar with what they are and how they work.
Belt of Truth: In our world of diverse opinions and truths, there is one truth we can count on as believers: The Word of God, the Bible. It is important we make every effort to read, study, and meditate upon God’s word. It is one of our protections from the onslaught of false religions, news, and outside influences attacking us from all sides. Our truth comes from Father God. Knowing and understanding God’s truth will protect our heart and mind and help keep us on the right path..
Breastplate of Righteousness: Righteousness denotes doing things God’s way and not the world’s way. The breastplate covers the torso and protects our vulnerable parts from attack. Our spirits are under attack by unbelievers, the media, and the world at large.
Boots of the preparation of the gospel of peace: Many believe peace here denotes peace among men. Where that is a noble goal, the reality is this side of heaven there will never be total peace among men. However, I believe this is talking about peace between humans and Father God. When we share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others, we help them achieve peace between them and Father God. Sin created a break in relationship between humans and God, Jesus paid the price with His blood and death. Then He rose from the dead and created a bridge for all who believe in Him to be reconciled to Father God.
Shield of Faith: Our faith can protect us from the darts Satan and his minions throw at us and they will whatever they can to steal, kill or destroy our faith. We know they have already been defeated by Jesus at the cross of Calvary. His blood paid the price for all sin: past, present and future. Satan can only try to convince us to doubt or turn from Jesus. We have to take that step. So our shield of Faith is extremely important.
Helmet of Salvation: This guards our minds from outside influences that would pull us from Jesus. Our knowledge of what Jesus did on the cross and our firm belief that He is constantly interceding for us gives us the strength to draw from Him the power and ability to do His will here on earth.
Sword of the Spirit: The word of God upon which we stand. The more we know and understand God’s Word, the more we will be able to draw from it in times of stress, pain, and struggle. We know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called to His purpose, but that does not mean we won’t have difficulties in life.
Praying: Constant communication with our General will help us avoid many pitfalls in our battlefield of life. We do that through prayer and meditation. Having the connection open allows Jesus to speak to us and us to acknowledge him.
We must learn to put on the entire Armor of God and use our weapons effectively. Each piece Jesus has given us is equally important. One weak part can bring disaster or injury. As the dark days come, it will be imperative we know how to use the whole Armor of God.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NKJV) 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power 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 do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 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. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints–