Armor of God

Put on the Whole Armor of God

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Ephesians 6:11-13 (KJV) instructs Christians to prepare ourselves for spiritual battle:

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil12 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 places13 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.

Armor of God

Armor of God

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.

Put on the Full Armor of God by Rose Publishing

Put on the Full Armor of God by Rose Publishing

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 wickedI 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.

For example:

(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.

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

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.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

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.

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

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
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 Christ6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

 


 

2 Timothy 2:3-4 / Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please The One who called him.

2 Timothy 2:3-4 (ESV) | Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please The One who called him.

(KJV) 2 Timothy 2:3-4
3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ4 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?

Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments below:


 

4 thoughts on “Put on the Whole Armor of God

  1. Admin Post author

    Thank you for your comment, Michael. I really like your scripture reference and agree with everything that you’ve written.
    Peace, Blessings, & Joy to you & yours!

  2. Michael Erhardt

    TAKING UP THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, THE WORD OF THE LORD. IT TAKE SPIRITUAL BEINGS TO FIGHT SPIRITUAL BEINGS.
    PSALM 103:20 – Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
    WHEN WE GIVE VOICE TO THE WORD IT SETS ANGELS LOOSE TO DEFEND US.

  3. Admin Post author

    Thank you for your wonderful words, Kaye; however, I think you might be directing them towards someone else. Not only do I not have a son named Andy, but I am a female that is a lay person just on a journey of discovery myself. Peace, Blessings, and Joy to you!

  4. Kaye Davenpot

    Many of my Senior Adults including me, would love to have your sermons and lesson studies on DVD and CDs. Is there a possibility that you might consider doing this on a regular basis? i understand that many others have DVDs and CDs that are available to us, but we would like to hear the word as you see it, after your years of service and study. I know it is no small undertaking, but our world needs your input and wisdom, as well as, the younger preachers, like your son, Andy. We enjoy his studies. But again, let me emphasize that young and old need to hear the wisdom of the older, wiser men of God.

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