Armor of God
You might think you’re fighting against a flesh-and-blood enemy, but you’re not. You are doing battle against evil forces who are not visible in this four-dimensional world (length, width, depth, and time). You are fighting an unseen, powerful enemy: evil spirits living in a dimension where they can see us and work against us, but we can’t yet see them. Keep that in mind.
Satan is not alone. Note here also that your unseen “enemies” are plural—as in more than one. I point that out, because I had someone tell me once when I was teaching that there was only one demon: Satan. This Bible verse teaches otherwise. You have multiple unseen enemies working in concert with each other to lead you far away from God in every possible way. They are organized. Also notice that your enemies in the unseen realm are not just weak, pesky little problems. On the contrary, they are quite powerful. In fact, they are called “mighty” powers. But don’t be discouraged because:
“My dear children, you belong to God and have defeated them; because God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 NCV
Christians have the assurance and protection of the Holy Spirit, once they have been baptized into Christ (Acts 2:38).
Lord, the evil powers against me have no power against You. They can’t hold a candle to You. Thank You for the power I have available through You. Right now, in Jesus Name, I claim that power so I can overcome those who stand against me. In Jesus’ name, amen
“For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground.” Ephesians 6:13 GWT
Putting on all the armor of God isn’t just suggested, it’s commanded—for your own protection. If you do this, God makes you a promise: you will be able to stand your ground against your enemies. Bank on it. But remember, your survival is dependent on your obedience in gearing up for the daily battle you face as a soldier for the King.
Lord, I realize that whether I live or die in this battle I will survive, since Jesus conquered death. Death holds no power over me anymore. And just as Your loyal servants in days past gave their all for You, I am willing to do that right now. Help me to stand firm on the ground You have put me in charge of. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Belt of Truth
“So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt.” Ephesians 6:14a GWT
Under the ancient covenant, covenant partners exchanged belts. The belt was where you hung your weapons. This symbolized an exchange of strength. Once you are in a covenant relationship with God, you have access to His strength, which is more than enough for any situation you face. Without God’s strength, there are times when you would be overwhelmed, but with His strength you can conquer anyone and anything. Rest in His strength, and wear it like a belt. God’s truth is the source of that strength. Don’t listen to the world. They want you to think that truth is relative, that there is no absolute truth. That’s a lie. God’s unchanging truths are recorded in His word. Read it. Know it. Use it to get you through today, because today is all you have.
Lord, I acknowledge that Your truths are at the heart of how I can stand firm where You have placed me. I also admit that I haven’t been as grounded and focused on truth as I should have been. Forgive me for this, grant me grace and courage to change that, and use me to uphold Your truths in every situation. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Breastplate of Righteousness
“…put on the breastplate of righteousness.” Ephesians 6:14b ESV
The breastplate protected the heart and vital organs. Don’t go into battle unprotected. Wear God’s righteousness in everything you do. Remember, you are an ambassador for the greatest kingdom in the universe—God’s Kingdom.
Lord, forgive all the unrighteousness in my life. Open my eyes to anything in me that separates me from You. And remind me that every day and in every decision I am representing Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Shoes of Peace
“And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:15 AMP
This verse talks about putting on the “shoes of peace” in many versions, but I like the detailed, expanded version offered in the Amplified Version of the Bible. First it speaks of being prepared. Not only are most Christians completely unprepared today, they don’t even have Bible study on their “to do” list. Without the “firm-footed stability” that knowing God’s word provides, you are sure to fail. In addition, once Christians are confronted with a difficult situation, their lack of preparation for it (by spending time with God) makes their response inadequate at best, and dismal at worst. Anger often surfaces, since they don’t know how to respond, or, worse yet, they remain silent. When good people do nothing at all, evil will always prevail.
Lord, although the battle with Satan and his forces is a war, remind me that I am to bring peace into this seen world in every situation. I want to be full of grace and truth just as Jesus was. Grant me a soft voice and gentle spirit as I respond and react to the daily trials of life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Shield of Faith
“In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” Ephesians 6:16 NLT
We’ll talk more later about how Satan uses fear to push your faith out, but for now let’s notice that your faith shield protects you from all attacks—and you will be attacked. It’s not a matter of “if,” but “when.”
Lord, I confess my faithlessness in so many past situations. Please forgive me and give me the courage to grow in this area. I know it’s vital—it’s the shield that protects me from demonic attack. Help me overcome all my fears and trust Your hand, Your words, Your provision. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Helmet of Salvation
“Accept God’s salvation as your helmet.” Ephesians 6:17a NCV
The helmet protects the mind, the place where you make a decision to follow Christ and obey His commandments. Satan wants you to neglect protecting your mind so you’ll be vulnerable to his tricks and strategies.
Lord, help me to be deaf to Satan and his forces, and tuned in to hear Your voice and Your messages to me every day. Use me to Your glory! What can I do for the kingdom today? In Jesus’ name, amen.
Sword of the Spirit
There is only one offensive weapon in your Christian armor: your Bible.
“And take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17b NCV
Note that this was the only weapon Jesus used against Satan during His forty days of temptation in the desert. Even when Satan misapplied the truth, Jesus quoted the appropriate passage to counter the attack. You need to know God’s word and use it when temptations come at you, too. God has no grandchildren, only children. Are you a child of God? Prove it by spending time with your Father.
Lord, please forgive me for neglecting Your instructions to me in the Bible. Give me a renewed daily commitment to Bible study and prayer. Help me do better in the future than I have in the past. Thank You for that forgiveness, and for Your patience with me as I work to change into someone more like Jesus. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Your Prayer Every Morning
Lord, thank You for the night’s rest and another new day to serve You. Thank You for Your watchful care. Lord, I’m ready to dress for the day: help me to wear the belt of truth and never compromise; help me to wear righteousness as my breastplate wherever I go; help me to wear the shoes of peace when anger tries to rise up in me; show me where to direct my shield of faith as the attacks come; thank You for Salvation available through Jesus Christ—now help me to wear it as my helmet and protect my mind from unholy thoughts, concepts, and lies all around me today; and Lord, when I lay my head down on my pillow tonight, please help me to know Your truths better than I did when I woke up today. Now, Lord, what can I do for Your kingdom in Jesus’ name today?