The Full Armor of God

“The Armor of God is a metaphor in the Bible found in Ephesians 6:10 – 18 that reminds Christians about the reality of spiritual battle and describes the protection available.  The full armor of God comprises of the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Gospel of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit”, Christianity.com (2019).

Ephesians 10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

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, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”, Bible Gateway KJV (2021).

10” In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having [b]tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15 and having [c]strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16 Above all, lift up the [protective] [d]shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God”, Bible Gateway Amplified (2021).

The first piece of the Armor of God mentioned is the Wide Band of Truth (tightened) meaning personal integrity, and moral courage.  As a Christian it is vitally important to keep our personal integrity intact, in other words we need to live our lives with strong morals and values by upholding strong values no matter the situation or who is watching.  If no one is watching, would you still make the same decisions and choices?  The answer should be it doesn’t matter if anyone is watching, we act the same. 

What is moral courage?  Moral courage is standing up for what you know to be right.  An example of not having moral courage is Pilate. “When Jesus was taken before Pilate to be “tried,” Pilate displayed an absence of moral courage. Pilate was the Roman procurator of Judea; he was the highest official representative of Rome who was responsible for administering justice and keeping peace. When Pilate tried Jesus, he found Him innocent of any wrongdoing saying, “I find no fault in this man” (Luke. 23:4). His responsibility at this point was to protect the innocent Jesus from the Jewish Sanhedrin and mob. He should have dispersed the crowd and taken a stand for right, even if he had to employ his Roman soldiers to enforce it”, Mike Willis (2012).

“Like many politicians, however, Pilate lacked the courage of his convictions. He sought to avoid having to take a stand on the issue of Jesus by sending him to Herod. When Herod returned Jesus, Pilate tried to pacify the Jews by releasing a prisoner for them, offering Barabbas and Jesus. He expected that the mob would prefer that Jesus be released rather than Barabbas. When they chose Barabbas over Jesus, his plans were foiled. He then sought to appease the Jews by scourging Jesus (Luke. 23:16), but the Jews still wanted Jesus dead. Finally, Pilate gave in to their will, trying to release himself from the guilt of his sin by washing his hands of the matter (Matthew 27:24). His display did not excuse his sin of lacking the moral courage to do what was right. He gave in to the mob rather than defending what was right”, Mike Willis (2012). 

Another example of not having moral courage is when Peter denied Jesus three times see Mathew 26: 69–75.

Next, the Breastplate of Righteousness.  The Breastplate of Righteousness is equivalent to an upright heart and an upright heart is one without motive.  “When we say that the heart must be upright, we do not merely mean that it should not be crooked. We mean that there should not be any motive or aim in one’s heart. For the elders to oversee the church, they must have a heart that can say before God that their help to the brothers and sisters and their leading of their spiritual pursuit are with absolutely no motive”, The Elders’ Management of the Church, Witness Lee  (2014).

The church I attend recently went through something like this.  Our Pastor left and we formed a pastoral search committee, for more than one and a half years, we searched for a Pastor and we did so without an agenda.  The only agenda we had was what was best for the church and we were successful filling the position. 

Next, the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].  The Gospel of Peace.  It is so peaceful knowing that as believers, we don’t have to worry about tomorrow.  We live in uncertain times.  We lost someone crossing our main street here in small town America.  And just the day before we lost someone when a train hit a log truck.  Not to mention, all the other things that could happen, heart attack, stroke, tornadoes, flooding and let’s not forget COVID. 

Having peace of mind is invaluable, because of Jesus Christ we can face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news when we do pass, we will have everlasting life in Heaven.

Above all, lift up the [protective] [d]shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Everyday we are attacked by the devil, he will try everything to try and keep us from being a child of God.  He will try anything to get us to question our faith, therefore we must use our shield and our helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit (word of God) to stand firm from the devil’s attacks, especially the word of God.  Every time we are attacked, we should dig deep into the word of God for answers and reassurance.  The more we pray and read the Bible, the more reassurance and protection we have from the devil.

And let’s not forget the Helmet of Salvation.  We can be sure that the devil does lose the battle in the long run.  The Bible tells us so.  We may be attacked while we are here on this earth by the devil, but in the end, in Heaven, there will be no devil.

Are you suited up with the full armor of God?  Are you wearing your Belt of Truth, your Breastplate of Righteousness, the Gospel of Peace, your Shield of Faith, your helmet of Salvation and your sword of the Spirit, because when you do, nothing can touch you, not even the devil!  And rest assured some day we will be in Heaven and it will all be worth it. 

God Bless you, let’s make Jesus famous.  Let’s make Heaven crowded and don’t forget to Love, Pray and Fish.