God has not left us defenseless in spiritual warfare
“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11
Last week we discussed the real truth about the Spiritual War we are in. We cannot fight in our own strength. That’s why God has given us spiritual armor to defend ourselves from our enemy. (Ephesians 6:10-18) Here are the 6 pieces of armor you need for spiritual war.
1. The “Belt of Truth”
The belt of truth holds everything together. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father , except through me.” (John 14:6). Jesus is the Truth. Jesus called the Holy Spirit the “Spirit of Truth.” (John 16:13) Jesus said the Bible is truth God uses to sanctify us. (John 17:17) As we get everything that is untruthful out of our lives, we become more and more like Jesus, and safer from spiritual attack. Without Jesus, you are unclothed and unprotected during battle. Accept Jesus today so you can be ready for battle with the belt of truth.
2. The “Breastplate of Righteousness”
The breastplate of righteousness protects our heart. “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” (Romans 3:22). Jesus makes us a new person created to desire Godly things. (Ephesians 4:22-24) But it’s His righteousness, given to us (2 Corinthians 5:21), that we trust in, not our own.
3. The “Shield of Faith”
The shield of faith is our trust in the promises of Jesus. Focusing on God’s faithfulness can block accusations, doubts, and temptations that attack us. (Ephesians 6:16)
4. The “Helmet of Salvation”
The helmet of salvation protects our thoughts. Our enemy falsely accuses and lies to us. “But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
5. The “Shoes of the Gospel”
The shoes of the Gospel represent the readiness given by the Gospel. It’s important to understand the truth about Jesus well enough to explain it to others. That helps you remain standing even after some of the worst attacks. It also makes your feet beautiful! “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good new, the good news of peace and salvation, the goodness that God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7).
6. The “Sword of the Spirit”
The sword of the spirit is the Word of God and our only weapon of attack. We must become skilled in using it, which we will discuss next time.