Put all the full armor of God so that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of devil. (Ephesians 6:11)
Have you ever heard this scripture and wonder what it truly meant and how you can apply it in your daily life? I have, actually the first time I ever heard the scripture was last year when my daughter attended vocational bible school during the summer. The whole summer session was focused on this unique scripture, helping not only the children but parents like me as well.
What stood out most to me was true principles from the word of God to help me fight the devils in my own life. There are 6 pieces of armor the bible tells us to put on everyday to guide us into our destiny. Each piece not only supports our destiny yet protect every aspect of our life the enemy tries to attack.
The enemy is known as the devil himself. The bible tells us; Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) We are apprehensive because of this scripture; the devil is very sneaky he tries to stop us from reaching our destiny. He does this with confusion, and temptations placed in our way to distract us from our true path.
Distractions come in many different manners. We can experience them from peers, family and forms of technology. Being distracted takes us off our focus and destiny path. The armor place by god for us is geared to help us experience life abundantly. No matter what comes our way we can use the armor of god to protect and influence our life.
The armor consist of six weapons that will help safeguard your destiny walk. Lets identify these weapons together.
- The Belt Of Truth is the first piece of armor mention in the bible without truth, we are lost, and the schemes of the devil will surely overpower us. Use the belt of truth when you are tempted to go against what you know is true. The truth will always set you free because it gives you the way to the father. Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), and it is only through Him that we come to God.
2. The breastplate of righteousness covers our most vital part; our heart. The bible tells us, above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23. ) For example, when we love freely from our heart we experience the best times in our life. Conversely when we experience heartache our decisions are affect by the pain we feel. For our heart is the essence of who we are. It is our authentic self—the core of our being. It is where all our dreams, desires, and our passions live. It is that part of us that connects with God and other people. Now I understand why we must guard our hearts above all else.
3. Footwear of the readiness of the gospel gives us the ability to move and make decision based on who we are in Christ. The bible tells us, faith without works is dead (James 2:17. )Because we know the good news of Christ we can experience peace in Him that allows us to move closer towards our destiny. Yet, knowing our destiny is a step by step process we put on our shoes everyday to experience the day ahead. In the same instance we must also remember to put on the shoes of peace knowing that Christ has already defeated the world on our behalf.
4. The shield of faith is used to “extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16). Faith is defined as the the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) With regards, when we are hoping for something from god its very important that we act by faith because without it, its impossible to please God. Acting by faith requires us to be vulnerable during the process. The process can be difficult at times because we wont always have support from others but we know if we continue to walk by faith god will supply all our needs.
“If God said it, I believe it and that settles it!”
5. The Helmet Of Salvation covers another prime asset on the body of the believer, the head. The purpose of the helmet is to protect the head from injury, particularly from the warfare we experience on day to day basis. The fact that the helmet is related to salvation indicates that Satan’s blows are directed at the believer’s security and assurance in Christ. The helmet of salvation is that great hope of final salvation that gives us confidence and assurance that our present struggle with Satan will not last forever.
6. The Sword of the Spirit is the last piece of armor mention which is the word of God. The bible tells us, your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105) The word will guide your life into spirit and truth. Allowing you to defeat the evil one, every time. Especially in those times when your mind fights against the word of god you must replace those thoughts with the word to assure you are not lead astray.
The armor of god is truth, plain and simple. We can have perfect confidence in the fact that His words are accurate, true and unerring. When followed, they guide us without fail in the paths that we need to walk.