Ephesians 6:10, 14-18, “Finally be strong in the Lord and in his full power. Put on the full armour of God so that you may can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…Stand firm then with the belt of truth bucked around your waist with the breastplate of righteousness in place and with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. ”
Paul was writing this letter to the congregation of Ephesus urging them to be strong in the Lord for the battle that they were fighting is not against flesh and blood but against the forces of darkness. Paul was urging them to be equipped with the full armour of God so that they may remain firm and stay strong in the mighty power of the Lord.
Belt of truth – Belt of truth is the first and the foremost piece of the Armour of God that Paul has asked the children of God to carry. The enemy comes with the untruth and lie which can only be destroyed by the Word of God. Bible says that fill yourself with the word of God. Children of God, read the word out-loud, repeat it and claim it during the day and ask the Lord to fill you with the truth that is found at the core of the Word so that you may remain unaffected by the lie and deception of the enemy.
Breastplate of righteousness – Paul mentioned the breastplate a piece of the Armour of God since no-one can stand for the Lord unless he/she has believed on the finished work of the Lord on Cross. Christ is the end of the law. Those who try to establish their own righteousness based on the works of their hands have no place in the kingdom of God but only those who begin their Spiritual journey from the Cross. By looking at the bronze snake, the Israelites got deliverance, likewise those who look at the Cross receive the benefit of the work of Jesus on Cross. Believe that it is all done in the name of Jesus and you cannot add anything to it by your own works. By faith, declare that you carry the breastplate of righteousness and yo will be covered in the righteousness of God.
Readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace – Jesus has given His own peace to us. Ask the Lord to help you walk in his peace and make you eager to share it with others.
Shield of Faith -Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. Receive help from Him today to remain in faith and He will help you to carry the shield of faith in His own strength.
Helmet of Salvation – Speak to your mind that its been washed by the blood of the lamb and the thoughts that are not from the Lord can’t dwell in it. Ask the Holy Spirit to control your thoughts and words as the Psalmist says, “May the word of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you.”
Sword of the Spirit – Carry the Word of the Lord and speak it out-loud to crush the evil thoughts.
Pray in the Spirit – Pray without ceasing as the Lord commanded, “Pray that you may not fall into temptation.”
Remain strong in the strength of the Lord and soon the Lord will come to deliver you in His Holy name.