We are engaged in a spiritual battle. All believers find themselves subject to Satan’s attacks because they are no longer on Satan’s side. For this reason, the Bible tells us to use every piece of God’s armor to resist Satan’s attacks and to stand true to God in the midst of those attacks.
Listed below are the six pieces of God’s armor and their individual application. (For Scripture References, see Ephesians 6:10-17.)
1. BELT OF TRUTH
Application: Satan fights with lies, and sometimes his lies sound like the truth; but only believers have God’s truth, which can defeat Satan’s lies.
2. BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Application: Satan often attacks our hearts...the seat of our emotions, self-worth and trust. God’s righteousness is the breastplate that protects our hearts and ensures His approval. God approves of us because He loves us and sent His Son to die for us.
3. FOOT GEAR OF READINESS
Application: Satan wants us to think that telling others the Good News is a worthless and hopeless task...the size of the task is too big and the negative responses are too much to handle. But the foot gear God give us is the motivation to continue to proclaim the true peace that is available in God...news everyone needs to hear.
4. SHIELD OF FAITH
Application: What we see are Satan’s attacks in the form of insults, setbacks and temptations. But the Shield of Faith protects us from Satan’s flaming arrows. With God’s perspective, we can see beyond our circumstances and know that the ultimate victory is ours.
5. HELMET OF SALVATION
Application: Satan wants to make us doubt God, Jesus and our salvation. The helmet protects our minds from doubting God’s saving work for us.
6. SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
Application: The sword is the only weapon of offense in this list of God’s armor. There are times when we need to take the offensive against Satan. When we are tempted, we need to trust in the truth of God’s Word.
ALWAYS WEAR ALL YOUR ARMOR
In the Christian life, we battle against rulers and authorities (the powerful and evil forces of fallen angels headed by Satan, who is a vicious fighter.) And, they will try to use every device they have to turn us away from God and back to sin. To withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor.
Although we are assured of victory, we must engage in the struggle until Christ returns, because Satan is constantly battling against all who are on the Lord’s side.
We need supernatural power to defeat Satan, and God has provided this by giving us His Holy Spirit within us and His armor surrounding us.
As you do battle against the powers of this dark world, always wear all your armor and fight with the strength that is available to you through the Holy Spirit.
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