Ephesians 6:11-18King James Version (KJV)
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;
We are told in Ephesians, to put on the armor of God to fight the devil. Have you ever really read through those scriptures and thought about all the pieces that are included? In verse 10, we are told to be strong in the Lord. The only way to do that is to wear the armor He provides. We cannot stand on our own against the enemy.
In verse 14 we are told to put on the belt of Truth. Jesus tells us He is the truth in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” So the first piece of the armor is Jesus. We must put on Jesus.
Also, in verse 14 we are told to have the breastplate of righteousness. Without our breastplate of righteousness the devil can attack us with lies about our past sins that have been forgiven. He can convince us that we are unworthy to serve God. According to 2 Corinthians 5:21, Jesus is also our righteousness. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” So, Jesus is the breastplate also that we need to put on.
In verse 15, we are to shod our feet. The Gospel of Peace or the footsteps of peace can also be Jesus. In John 14:27 Jesus tells us that he left us peace. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” We can have perfect peace when we focus on Him. Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” We can walk in peace when we allow Jesus to be our guide.
In verse 16, we see the shield of faith. Again we see Jesus as the shield in Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” We have to have faith in Jesus to take care of us. The shield of faith can fight off the attack when we trust in Him.
In verse 17 we are told to put on the helmet of salvation. Jesus is also the captain of our salvation. In Hebrews 2:10, “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” Our salvation is our biggest asset. The devil likes to get into our minds and create confusion. Putting on our helmet (Jesus) protects our minds.
In verse 17 also it says to put on the sword. The sword is the Word of God. The Word is none other than Jesus. In John 1:1 we see this, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We need to become familiar with the word and be able to use it properly to fight against the attacks. Just as Jesus fought against the devil by saying, “It is written.”
It looks like putting on the armor of God is putting on Jesus everyday! We also need to be in prayer daily also. In verse 18 it talks about prayer. We should pray in faith and expect God to follow through if we are doing as we are told. 1 John 5:14 says we should have confidence, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
So have you put on Jesus today and prayed for Him to help you to fight off the devil’s attacks?