Put on the Complete Armor of God
God has supplied armor which is full and complete. There is absolutely nothing else needed to be able to stand against the enemy and defeat him in the midst of personal spiritual battle. The Apostle Paul has listed each piece of the armor. There are both defensive pieces and offensive weapons.
The Belt of Truth (Ephesians 6:14)
Today, when you think of a belt, you think of a piece of material or leather that is used to hold up pants. The belt spoken of as part of the armor is similar. However, it was an important piece because it held every piece of armor together. The belt also held the sword in addition to holding the pieces of armor together. It is important to note that Paul calls this the belt of truth. Why? Because truth is what holds your life together! Truth will never lead you astray. It will never guide you down the wrong path. This is not to say that your life will be made easy. It will not. But, the things most worth fighting for are those that reside in the truth!
The importance of truth holding your life together is that it will produce integrity in you. Integrity has to do with everything being in line. If you are a person of integrity, then you can face the enemy without fear!
The Breastplate of Righteousness (Ephesians 6:14)
The breastplate protected the vital organs of the body, especially the heart! If the belt of truth holds everything together, then it is the truth that protects a person’s heart. Solomon instructed his readers to guard their hearts because the issues of life flow from it (Proverbs 4:23). The issues of life flowing form the heart are a matter of integrity and of righteousness. Paul instructs his readers to “put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24).” So, putting on the breastplate of righteousness is to apply the truth to our lives for the purpose of protecting ourselves from the accusations and attacks of the enemy.
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace (Ephesians 6:15)
Roman soldiers were the first to wear sandals that had spikes on them. These spikes were for providing a good foundation. This foundation would allow the soldier to stand his ground firmly and gave him sure footing to make progress in gaining ground on the enemy.
The gospel is the good news. Paul says this is the good news of peace. It is the Gospel that brings a person into peace with God and with others. Therefore, the implication is the way that we gain ground on the enemy is to take the Gospel to a lost and dying world. Therefore, no matter what the circumstance you find yourself in, the best thing you can do is display the peace that you have with God and give the Gospel to others!
Recently, I had a discussion with a dear friend who has been forced into disability retirement because of the toll that cancer has taken upon her body. As I spoke with her, I was amazed a her strength and the peace that flowed from her lips as she spoke about how God was working things out for her! The same peace she is experiencing is the same peace available to anyone who will respond to the Gospel and surrender their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:16)
When you think of the shield, do not think of the nice little Sunday School pictures of the shield that you may have seen. This shield was two foot by four foot. This allowed the soldier to hide behind it to protect himself. Additionally, the shield was made in such a way that multiple soldiers could interlock their shields to form a wall. This literally is a picture of the soldiers being stronger together.
So what is it that we are to hide behind? It is faith! Faith is to trust in the promises and power of God. However, your faith is at its best when it is joined together with a community of believers. Your faith grows fastest when you are in community of believers because of the support system provided.
The Helmet of Salvation (Ephesians 6:17)
The helmet obviously protected the head of the soldier. When satan attacks with his fiery darts, he aims them at our minds. Remember, his greatest weapon is deception. So, he will do all he can to deceive us into thinking something that is not true. He is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).
Just as importantly, do not forget that he is also the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10)! His accusations may sound like the following:
* You’re a worthless Christian.
* If you are a Christian, how could you do that?
* You could never do that because of your past.
* You really blew it this time, how could God ever forgive you?
This is the importance of the helmet of salvation. A mind controlled by God is not easily led astray by the enemy. Paul spoke of this when he wrote to the Romans, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).”
A Final Word
The “panolpy” of armor is full and complete. God, has taken great pains in providing us with everything we need to defend ourselves from the attacks of satan.
When you carefully consider the defensive pieces of armor, it all boils down to one thing – truth! Truth applies to all people in all places at all times. It is a sure and dependable. The whole point of putting on the armor is to apply the truth to your life.
You may not fully agree with the truth found in the Scriptures. However, this is does not negate the importance of applying it to your life.