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The Armor of God

We are told by God to Put on the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil, as it is stated in verse 11 of Ephesians 6:10-18. Below is the full scripture from verse 10 to 18.

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 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 firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and,the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.

What is the Armor of God?

  1. Belt of Truth around your waist. This is knowing the Word of God is truthful. It is what carried your gear like your sword. Without a belt you would not be able to hold any gear you needed or have the Sword, the Word of God with you. This is where we have the Word of God with us. When times we need to use the Word, we have it ready with us.
  2. Breastplate of Righteousness. Knowing God’s word will help you be trusted and right. This is also the central part of the armor. It was to protect the core of the body. To also protect your heart and other vital organs. Righteous means doing what is right in the eyes of God. Not man.
  3. Feet fitted with Readiness. Being ready for evil when it comes. Evil can come at anytime. Evil can be a sin, a person, a feeling, emotion. Evil is anything not of God. It also means going. We are called to serve and we are called go tell the World about Jesus. Go is a command. At church when I pray I pray people have an open heart, open mind and feet ready to apply the message to a lost and dying world. So Go! Share Christ don’t keep Him to yourself. When we go, we will carry the Word of God with us and able to use it.
  4. Shield of Faith. Having the shield of faith. You have Faith in God. You trust in God and He will take care of you. He will take away all fire and evil by having the shield of faith. This was to protect us from attacks. The devil likes to throw fiery arrows at us. When linked with others in armor the shields made a housing like to protect. Also again, staying in the word is what helps protect us from those darts. This way we can tell if any false or bad arrows are coming at us.
  5. Helmet of Salvation. Which is Hope. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 This was to protect our head. This was also to protect us from false doctrines. To protect us, we must stay in the Word. Our head is also a vital part of the body. It must be protected and fed with the Word of God as well.
  6. Sword of the Spirit, which as stated in verse 17 is the Word of God. (the only offensive part of the armor) It is used to show us false doctrines and false teachers. It is also to to show us the Truth of God’s Word. This way we will know it when we hear the truth or point out those who are not offering the truth of God. It is use to attack Satan and his demons.
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Again it says to pray. We ought to remember to leave EVERYTHING into the Hands of the Lord. He will take care of us if we sit and know he is God. (Psalm 46:10). Also, Isaiah 59:17 states we need to have on our Armour of God.

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By us having on the FULL Armor of God we can withstand Satan and evil. Not bits and pieces and choosing what we want to have on, but the FULL, as in ALL of it. It’s ALL or NONE! If we only have just a few we might not as well have any on at all. We are weak if we do not have the full Armor of God on. We will be vulnerable and attacked.

The “sword” being offensive weapon and the rest of the armor is for defense. This is according to Bible scholars. This is why reading the Bible and staying in the Word is helpful. This is to help fight against the evil one. This is also so you will know a false teacher when one comes. This way you will stay true to the word of God.

Also note that each of the defensive parts of the armor fully rely on the offensive part, the Sword, the Word of God. These defensive parts won’t work unless you stay grounded in the word. Staying in the Word helps protect you.

Also if you note, there is no protection in the back. This is because there is no running away from a spiritual battle. Like with the feet we are told to Go! God will take care of us and help us. He is always with us. He gives us the tools we need. Remember after all. God won the battle. Jesus won the victory over sin and death. At the end of times, Satan will be defeated and cast in the Lake of Fire for eternity.

Pray and seek help. God will always show us the way. It might not be immediate. An old saying says, “The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.”  So He will always protect us. See 1 Corinthians 10:13 and in Jeremiah 29:11.

First published March 25, 2012. Revisions & Republishing April 9, 2015.

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I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I blog for God here at CourageousChristianFather.com. I serve as a youth leader, van driver and usher at my church. I also serve where ever else may be needed. I am working on a bachelor's degree in Theology. I also like to go out and hand out Gospel of John's and Gospel Tracts. I am a single father with custody of my almost adult child. I am a graphic designer too. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle. I attained the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America in 1994.

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  1. The church, more than ever, needs to really embrace the whole armor… like you said above, we don’t get to pick and choose, it’s an entire and complete outfitting of our faith!
    Great post, Steve

  2. carmenhorneblog says:

    This is a great teaching on the armor of God. When I suit up, I find victory with Christ.. ~visiting from Christian Blog Comment Exchange. Glad we were neighbors. Blessings on your ministry.

  3. carmenhorneblog Thanks for the comment Carmen. We should feel victory when fully suited up. I am glad my Savior has the victory and the battle has been won. God Bless.

  4. @Christine Duncan Yes they do need to embrace the full armor. Today churches pick and choose what they want to preach on. They don’t preach the full Bible. They are afraid to offend people or afraid the money won’t come in. They have taken the focus off of Christ. Thanks for the comment Christine.

  5. Andrew Burns says:

    I like what you said about no protection in the rear as we never run away from spiritual battles…One of the greatest spiritual battles people face is when they are confronted with the Bible itself.  The Truth is not comforting at first; it often hurts to hear.  God’s word is something we all will have to come face to face with; either now or in the life to come.

  6. msanders0761 says:

    Good lesson. I like the way you take the entire idea of putting on the whole armor of god, piece by piece, into digestible nuggets of information. Makes it all the more easier to understand.

  7. Lynne Riday says:


  8. @Andrew Burns No we don’t run from those spiritual battles. We must face those battles and we don’t face them alone. God is always with us in those battles. Yes, it does hurt when we first hear it. That is the prick and we are going against the yoke. But once we accept that Word, it is like light to us to reveal how wicked we are. Thanks for the comment Andrew. God Bless.

  9. msanders0761 Thanks, Yea I did a piece by piece. Stay tuned or follow this blog, I plan to do a blog post on each of the elements of the Armor separately. Thanks for the comment and God Bless.

  10. karenwoodall says:

    2 words that stand out to me in that passage from Ephesians.  “Stand” and “Pray”  both used multiple times.  We have to be outfitted correctly as you so aptly explained, and then be ready to hold ground and I think we do that through prayer.  As Paul also tells us our fight is not against “flesh and blood” but is spiritual in nature.  so we cannot win a spiritual battle with conventional methods.  Prayer, faith and trust in God are the sure way to victory!  Thanks again, Steve!

  11. karenwoodall You are right, we must be outfitted in prayer too. By staying in the Word, we would know the prayer is essential. I plan to do a series on the armor, taking each element piece by piece and doing a blog post on that. Yes our battle is a spiritual battle. Yes it does take total trust in God, that shows total faith. Total faith and trust comes with prayer. Thanks for the comment Karen. Have a blessed day.

  12. MelThompson1 says:

    Glad you wrote this POST Steve. Sometimes we hear the message of these verses over and over again, we become deaf to the message. It’s like when we’re young and our parents “nag” us about putting on heavy clothing when we go out and play in the winter. The purpose of the ARMOR is found in verses 10, 11.  The armor is furnished not by us, but by our divine Protector. Isaiah 59:17 says, “For [the Lord] put on righteousness as a breastplate or coat of mail, and salvation as a helmet upon His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal [and furious divine jealousy] as a cloak.”  So see, our heavenly Father wears similar armor and makes it available to us.  Good read.

  13. MelThompson1 Thanks Mel for the comment. I am glad you are glad I wrote this post. Yes we do sooner or later become deaf to scriptures when we hear them over and over. That protection is only put on us by us putting on Him in Word, Prayer and Faith. The protection only comes from a child of God, born again believer.

  14. JeanniePallett1 says:

    Steve, I had never heard of the helmet of salvation as being HOPE, but oh, what sense that makes.  We renew our minds with His word, and hope comes to our hearts.  Your post makes me think about HOPE now in a whole new way, Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom and truth!

  15. You are most welcome. Just think with hope brings salvation because with hope you have faith. I plan to break down each piece by piece and do a blog post on each item. Thanks for the comment. God bless.

  16. Excellent teaching. I love what you are doing on this blog site.  Cracks in the Armor of God  http://mountainstreamshealingcenter.com/2013/04/02/cracks-in-the-armor-of-god/

  17. Murry says:

    Never remove the armor.

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