Ephiesians 6:11-17 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
When you read the whole of Ephesians 6, you will discover that Paul says we are in a Spiritual battle with principalities of darkness, and then he emphasizes on being prepared for that war by making sure you are full equipped and well protected. For one to survive they have to put on the whole armor of God, the complete set and not leave anything behind or else you will become stats of the war. Here is what’s found in the complete armor of God and the importance of it all:
Belt of truth
Even today one can never over emphasize the importance of a belt. Imagine wearing that jean or suit without a belt and now and then you have to pull up your pants. Now imagine forgetting your belt while going to war and better yet imagine the belt of truth.
Belt of truth protects will. Satan fights with lies and for a believer to survive they need to have God’s truth John 8:31-32 Christ tells the disciples that if they hold his teachings they will know the truth and the truth shall set them free. If you know God’s truth whatever lies that the devil may bring to your path you will not be easily swayed.
Breastplate of Righteousness.
How important is a bullet proof? It is very important because it protects your heart from bullets? Sword and arrows that the enemy sends towards you. But here now we have a breastplate of righteousness which protects your heart from the devil.
The devil attacks your heart, self worth, faith and belief. He will tell you of how unworthy you are and remind you of your sins. Phillipians 3:9 The righteousness that comes through Christ is perfect not even the devil can convince a heart that is protected by God’s righteousness that it is unworthy. Proverbs 4:23 above all else guard you heart. It is not only the importance of this organ to pump blood but a heart that doesn’t believe can be toxic even to people around you.
Shoes of the gospel
When the Lord gave us the instruction to spread the word to the far ends of the earth Matthew 28, He knew we were going to need comfortable shoes and those will be the shoes meant for the job. The devil is working overtime in trying to convince the Christians that spreading the good news is worthless and no longer effective. Christians needs to be ready and available at all times to spread the news to all corners of the earth without being weary.
Shield of Faith
1 Peter 1:5 Through faith, believers are shielded from every attack of the enemy till the coming of salvation. Without faith it is impossible to please God and without faith you can’t be shielded from the attacks of the enemy that come informs of temptation, setbacks, insults and lies. Any Christian who carries the shield of faith will definitely be able to withstand these attacks and cling on to hope and faith of the second coming of the Lord. Without faith Noah wouldn’t have built the ark, without faith Moses wouldn’t have lifted his arms over the red sea. It takes faith to be able to withstand the devil.
Helmet of Salvation
The enemy’s greatest weapon is placing doubts in the minds of the believers. Once you doubt the Lord , your faith will be shaken and you become a vulnerable individual. Do not conform to the standards of this world but renew your minds Romans 12:2. Every true believer has a renewed mind that you can identify through speech and the way they carry themselves. The helmet of salvation protects the mind of such a believer from the corruption of this world. A mind that is protected by that salvation won’t be misled, wont be lied too and will not be easily shaken when the problems of this world surface.
Sword of the Spirit
The word of God is sharper than any two edged sword, it pierces to separate bone and marrow, soul and spirit. It is active and it is alive Hebrew 4:12. This passage from the book of Hebrews emphasizes on how powerful the word of God is. It is more powerful than weapon you can think of. Every believer must be equipped with this weapon. When tempted, tried, tested trust in God’s word because in it you will find all the answers you need and it is the best weapon of this spirit warfare we are in.
Content created and supplied by: Mkhondlo (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More