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.
Dr. Charles Stanley puts it this way:
It is extremely important for us to understand that we are involved in a “real” battle and the enemy’s goal is our destruction. The devil does everything he can to undermine our faith and impede our progress in God’s will by putting harmful, hidden obstacles and snares in our path. But we can resist his subtle tactics and triumph over his schemes by trusting God, arming ourselves with His protection, and obeying Him in every area of our lives. (Life Lessons for Ephesians 6:11, NASB Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible Notes)
This illustration below is one of my favorites regarding the Armor of God because it portrays a historically accurate depiction of a Roman soldier with explanations of each item in the Christian’s Armor arsenal.
Anyone can get their own FREE Armor of God Illustration at Rose Publishing; however, I highly recommend purchasing the entire Armor Pamphlet. It’s a 12 page PDF file that is instantly downloadable so you can start reading, right away. (Full disclosure – I was not given this item for review, I was not asked to review it, nor did I receive any compensation for this post. I purchased this years ago and genuinely like the item.)
What I like best about this pamphlet is that it takes each piece of God’s armor and fully explains the description, historical background, how to apply it to your life, other relevant biblical passages, and the Greek or Latin terminology. It also includes background information on the time period, ways to stand firm in spiritual warfare, how Roman soldiers typically prepared and moved into battle, and even a personal prayer to help with putting on the whole armor of God.
I have learned so much about the concept of arming ourselves from so many resources; however, I wanted to give you an example of something specific that this pamphlet taught me (because it is my favorite). In the King James Version of the Bible (also my favorite Bible), Ephesians 6:16 reads as follows: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. I know other biblical version use similar phrases like:
- stand against the devil’s schemes
- stand firm against all strategies of the devil
- stand against the tactics of the devil
- stand firm against the wiles of the devil
- stand against the deceits of the devil
- stand firm against all the stratagems of the Devil
- stand against the artifices of the devil
- ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked
- ye will be able to quench all the inflamed darts of the wicked one
- you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one
- ye shall be able all the fiery darts of the evil one to quench
Those are all great and I do get the gist of the scripture but I didn’t really understand why satan’s darts would be fiery and why my shield of faith would quench them. The historical portion of the shield of faith section from the pamphlet states:
Before going into battle, Roman soldiers drenched their leather-covered shields with water. When the fiery arrows of their enemies struck these soaked shields, the flames were immediately extinguished …
Being a visual thinker, this was fascinating to me. I can actually see God’s enemy continuing to shoot fiery arrows in my direction and all I have to do is lift my shield of faith and the fire is gone, as well as, the sharp arrow being stopped.
Thank you, Father of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
How do I put on my Godly Armor?
There are many resources and techniques to arming yourself; however, my favorite method is to pray the scriptures. Sometimes, I just read the Bible verse and then pray it back to God in the first person voice.
(KJV) Ephesians 6:11-18
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Heavenly Father, I am now suiting up for battle with your armor.
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.
I know my enemies are not flesh and blood but my battle is against the rulers of darkness of this fallen world.
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.
After fully dressing with your armor, I will be able to stand during evil times, fully protected.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
I have put on the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness.
On my feet, I have placed 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.
Most importantly, I have the shield of faith which I use to protect myself from the attacks of the wicked.
I now place the helmet of salvation on my head for protection and carry the sword of The Spirit, which is the word of God, for jousting with the enemy.
Today, I will pray continuously in union with the Holy Spirit and pray for all my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
(KJV) 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
(KJV) 2 Timothy 2:3-4
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
How do you put on your Armor of God?
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