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Armor of God


November 18, 2013

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

-Ephesians 6:11–18


When coming against spiritual forces, you must fight against spiritual weapons of the enemy. Never underestimate the power of the Python. To fend off his attacks in your life and your family, you must be strong in the Lord.


God has given us spiritual tools for strength. Paul gave us a good analogy for the spiritual weapons of war — the ancient soldier’s attire. When Paul was in prison, he was primarily guarded by Roman soldiers. He must have had a good chance to examine all of the soldiers’ armor up close.


To win against the enemy, you must dress for success. Let’s take a look at the armor we’ve been given for spiritual battles.


“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:11–18).



In the coming days, we’ll take a closer look at each aspect of our spiritual armor. But what do you think is the most critical piece?



Heavenly Father,

I know that the spiritual weapons against us are powerful. But, praise God, You are more powerful than anything that can come against me! Help me to understand and equip myself with your armor. Amen.



Armor check – Belt of Truth



Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.

-Ephesians 6:14 NIV


In the Roman armor of Paul’s day, the belt, which went around the soldier’s waist, was one of the most important pieces of equipment. Everything else the soldier needed in battle was fastened to his belt. If the belt wasn’t in place, nothing else was secure.


Paul tells us that a Christian’s first foundational piece of armor is the belt of truth. If the belt is not secure, then the rest of the armor will fall. If we aren’t grounded in truth, we will surely fall. But how do we know that we are grounded in truth? By studying the Word of God and knowing the Scriptures, we are putting on the belt of Truth.


When an aspiring agent of the U.S. Treasury is trained on how to detect counterfeit money, do they look at counterfeit bills? No. Their training consists of one thing and one thing only: endless hours of touching, inspecting, and sniffing actual money. If a person knows what the genuine article looks like, they will never accept a counterfeit.


I want to encourage you to dig deep into the Word for yourself every day. When you do, you’ll learn to recognize the lies of the enemy and not be fooled by the counterfeit.



Remember a time when lies caused things to unravel in your life. How did it feel to finally get to the truth?



Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us the eternal Truth of Your Word. Give me wisdom and discernment as I apply Scripture to my life. Amen.