The victims of spiritual warfare are those who are untrained, unprepared, and unwilling. If you are tired of being wounded by spiritual attacks, then knowing how to put on the Armor of God is your solution. In this episode, Dale and Veronica walk through a biblical study of the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20)and how to practically apply it to your life.
Key Takeaways From This Episode:
Defensive pieces of the Armor of God:
- The Belt of Truth
- The belt of truth is meant to secure you, and if you secure yourself with Truth it will allow you to move freely and quickly; You won’t be slow in your decision making or reflexes.
- Practically speaking, it is crucial to read and study the Word of God. This will allow you to be capable of having God’s mind of the matters of your life.
- The Breastplate of Righteousness
- The breastplate of righteousness refers to the righteousness purchased for us by Jesus at the cross. The breastplate of righteousness has Christ’s name stamped on it, as though He said, “Your righteousness isn’t sufficient to protect you so wear mine.”
- This ultimately helps us conform to the image of Christ.
- Protect your feet with the Gospel of Peace
- Your feet are what keep you moving. In a way, he’s saying allow the Gospel to keep you moving.
- As a soldier, you must keep the mission or the commission in our case in view. If you lose the Kingdom vision, the Gospel vision, your feet will stop moving.
- Additionally, I believe this could mean move in the strength of the Gospel and not your own.
- The Shield of Faith
- The bible says that the shield of faith will quench or extinguish flaming darts of the devil. However, it won’t stop them from being fired.
- It’s our faith that reminds us of the invisible truths of God even when we cannot see them. By faith, we can deflect the lies of the enemy.
- The Helmet of Salvation
- As we wear the helmet of salvation, our minds become more insulated against the suggestions, desires, guilt and traps the enemy lays for us. We choose to guard our minds against the excessive worldly influence and instead think on things that honor Christ. In doing so, we wear our salvation as a protective helmet that will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Offensive pieces of the Armor of God:
- The Sword of the Spirit
- The sword of the Spirit refers to the word of God
- Are you a novice or are an expert in wielding the sword of God’s word? Do you practice often or do you rarely pick it up?
- The Power of Prayer in the Spirit
- This is allowing the Spirit of God to lead your prayers. These are not prayers for your wellbeing but for God’s will to be done on earth.
- In Matt 21:13 where Jesus says “my house shall be called a house of prayer…” He’s talking about His house, which is the church; Christians. Ephesians was written to Christians, so the church can only be as effective as the individual members of it, this is why the Lord has armed us. We must pray in order to access all of the spiritual blessings and resources provided to us so we can stand against the enemy.
- Praying is what allows us to engage in the activity of the heavenly places.
- Ephesians 6:10-20 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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. 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; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
- Isaiah 59:17 “For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head;”
- 1 John 4:4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
- Proverbs 4:23 “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.”
- 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…
- Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
- Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession [a]for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
- Matthew 21:13 “And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”
After watching or listening to this episode, what is your opinion? Do you have any questions or comments? Maybe you have something to add to the discussion? If so, let us know in the comments below.