Welcome back to Part Two of the Armor of God. Last month we covered the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, and the Shoes of Peace. Today we will finish up with the remainder of the armor. First, let’s start with our verse:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
The Shield of Faith: This is a moveable, defense piece of the armor. The shield is a blanket of protection and the first barrier against the enemy’s attacks. We are to take our faith into every circumstance we face. When the enemy is attacking us, we sometimes, if not all the time, doubt God. We question who He says He is and we doubt who He says we are. Faith prompts us to believe in God. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” I want this kind of confidence in the battles I face. That God is present, whether I feel it or not, and He promises never to leave me or forsake me. I need to know what the bible says about God so I can stand firm in the battle, holding up my shield and having the full assurance that I can replace the enemy’s lies with the truth of God’s word and promises. We need to take God at His word.
The Helmet of Salvation: This piece covers our minds. Oh, my mind plays tricks on me. I overthink situations; I replay situations in my mind, hoping for a different outcome. This is my stinkin’ thinkin’! The bible says we need to take every thought captive. That is a battle move right there! Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to transform your mind. When my mind starts to wander, to the negative, I sometimes say out loud, STOP! At that moment, I choose to recall a promise of God. I remember that I am His child, adopted into His family. I have the assurance of my salvation in Jesus Christ, and I am a daughter of the Most High. When I’m really freaking out and can’t summon up such declarations, I literally sing “Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so” in my mind. I pray that God would guard my mind and bring to my remembrance all that Jesus has done for me.
The Sword of the Spirit: This is the word of God. In Matthew 4, the bible states that the enemy tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Every time the enemy tempted Him, Jesus responded by quoting scripture. This was His sword. I think if Jesus used this weapon of defense, we must also. It is essential first and foremost that we know scripture. We must be intentional in reading the bible but also memorizing it. When the fiery darts start coming our way, we need to wield our Shield and Sword! Check this out….wield in the dictionary says this, “to exercise power, authority and influence as in ruling or dominating. To use effectively, handle or employ actively”. I LOVE THAT! When we are reading our bibles in the morning, do we have this image in our mind that we will use it to exercise power and authority? I’m not even going to answer that one! PLEASE, next time you open your bible, PLEASE look at it as your Sword, ready to wield! PLEASE?
Our verse ends with prayer. When I imagine this armor, I literally see “a Knight in Shining Armor.” Why not keep this armor well-oiled in prayer? My bible notes put it this way, “Prayer is not so much a weapon, or even a part of the armor, as it is the means by which we engage in the battle itself and the purpose for which we are armed. To put on the armor of God is to prepare for battle. Prayer is the battle itself, with God’s word being our chief weapon employed against Satan during our struggle”.
Oh, friends, let it be! Let it be that we put on the armor intentionally every day! That we genuinely believe that prayer is powerful, and we can use our weapons with authority. Change your perspective when it comes to your private battles and stand firm, suited up and ready to wield your sword! Remember, we are not fighting for Victory but from Victory. Thanks to Jesus, the Victory has already been won!
His Warrior Princess,
P.S. You can download a prayer (here) that I pray on occasion for putting on the armor piece by piece. Let’s commit to praying this together every day for the next 30 days. Let’s report back on our Facebook Page Private Group.