The Whole Armor of God
A soldier does not drop his guard immediately after wounding the enemy. Watch your words. Idle words can be destructive. Believe the promise and do not let sense and reason defeat you. Live and act as if the promise is true because they are.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the assaults of the devil.
Col 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
1Thess 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
So, we have part of the armor being about attitude and mercy. In our current society, this seems to be lacking in people’s behavior, due to the aggressiveness, selfishness, and overall carelessness.
Then, we are told our BREASTPLATE is our faith, love and hope…we are told to be sober, faithful, loving and have hope. Has our world put these characteristics in the past, for it seems alcoholism, drugs and use of insatiable addictions are higher than ever in our society. Faith instills a confidence or trust in GOD to take over our lives, in every way. Love is given by the heart, and this is projected in our minds by seamless behavior corresponding to our train of thought.
The HELMET is a frame of mind that protects our conscious well-being. Hope is a belief and choice of perseverance of a positive outcome, but this hope must be based on a foundation of consciousness that’s objectively confident.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against the worldly governors, the princes of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness, which are in the high places.
Flesh and blood implies a human aspect, and this specifically implies this is not what we are battling. We have three major spiritual masters here;
a) Principalities-speaks of a princedom of a monarchical sovereign state. This tells us that this is specifically speaking of the fallen angel hierarchy, due to this fact we are more than likely speaking of the top of the hierarchy.
b) Powers-speaks of a entity which is able to control its environment, including the behavior of other entities. This type of authority entitles one due to a social structure being intact.
c) Governors-Again this denotes an administrative or executive position. One who is a governing official, usually ranking over other representatives or armed forces.
13 For this cause take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to resist in the evil day, and having finished all things, stand fast.
Speaking of executive positions brings cause of placing a wall between you and the other force. This armor which the Bible speaks of is an overall force of mind, body, soul, and spirit. It’s like having a force field surrounding yourself against the wiles of all evil intentions.
14 Stand therefore, and your loins girded about with verity, and having on the breastplate of righteousness,
This BREATPLATE is the protector of your loins and this is a spread from your ribs to your pelvis. This is some of your major organs. Your loins was protected by pulling a fabric of a knee-length tunic so that the front stopped at your upper thigh. Pulling the excess material behind you evenly on each side of your back. The end result wrapped the material around your waist, tying it together in the front.
Paul spoke of guarding your loins girt about with truth, using hope and grace in GOD. This importance of this is to be mobile and spiritual agile in order to protect, guard, and defend your personal weaknesses.
The most fierce competitor knows to think one step ahead of every move in a fight, and the same is implied here…to control your thoughts and actions for this is where the battles of spiritual matters begin. Direction of thought processes!
Isa 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
Enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal and tireless diligence is zeal, and cloke paints a picture of a loose outer garment, such as a cape. So, we have the invisibly devoted servant.
2Cor 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
I love that it speaks of both the right and left hand, due to the fact that the Bible specifically references the left hand to the ways of the occult. This is undeniable in its meaning, the purpose of this statement is that GOD is in control of both sides.
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.
A spiritual shoe; something to aid in our movements. Peace of mind comes from having the ability to use agility, speed, and the longevity of well made shoes. The material used, the sole on the bottom; this gives us the defense mechanisms we need to sustain a long journey. Just how long could one travel on a hard, stony road without the right shoes. A barefoot man shrinks when his feet touch the hot sand or shrieks when he stumbles on a sharp stone. Life is the same, without the equipment needed, how could one help a needy soul? The foot is to the body what the will is to the soul. Our Gospel is our armor of peace of mind. MEANING TO LIFE!
16 Above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye may quench all the fiery darts of the wicked,
The shield of faith seems somewhat like a force field in that it protects our whole body, and also our armor. It’s no wonder the Bible says we should have it ‘above all’.
None of the other pieces of weapon mentioned so far are exalted as highly as the shield. It moves with the attack!
Faith is confidence, given to us by GOD, and the shield is our faith, no doubt.
Never allow anything to ever take the place of the Word in your life. The mystery of faith is hidden in the Word. It’s intricate workings do something to the heart that your mind and intellect are not always aware of.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The HELMET is so important. Surviving a broken arm, or a sprained leg is hard but a broken head, depending on the severity can be life threatening.
Faith, love and hope are all essential. Faith is of the heart, Hope, and love are of the mind. Faith is something you believe and confess even if you don’t understand it. Hope provides the anchor, something to hold onto with our soul. Faith needs hope to sustain it.
A man can live without food or waters for days, but take away his hope and he commits suicide.
A SWORD is an unmistakable weapon of defense, and this is no ordinary sword. It is made of the Spirit and Word. In spiritual warfare the battles are fought with words! The SWORD of the SPIRIT is the Word of GOD spoken with the Power of the Holy Spirit.
18 And pray always with all manner prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watch thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all Saints,
The soul is of great importance to Satan! He will use our thoughts and distractions to distract us from our faith. When the enemy presents us with false arguments, it becomes like a stone in a sling which Satan uses as fiery darts to victory. He has had thousands of years practice so he has gotten quite good at his aim and strength. The enemy does not give up easily, and he will say to you ‘do it in secret and no one will know’. Once your guard is down, he shoots for the heart. If in public or in the dark of night, sin is the same.
Most don’t realize that bacteria and viruses do not cause all sicknesses. Not all circumstances are natural. Sometimes it’s easy to discern the forces of darkness, but other times there are few clues. No matter what the issue is, press into GOD by using the Word. Push out the world and evil by using the Word of GOD.
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly to publish the secret of the Gospel,
I look at this line of Scripture as if it speaks directly to me due to the fact that I have had replies about why I do this work. I have had comments which imply that the Word is not left up to interpretation. I agree that I may take this work very seriously and it drives my every thought most days, and my prayer is that by this work I lead no one astray. So, I pray diligently and use my very force of being to do what the Holy Spirit leads me to do. I know I will be judged accordingly, so my intentions are pure and may GOD have mercy on my soul if I have ever lead a single soul astray for GOD knows this in not my intention. My purpose in life is to lead the stray sheep to the one and only Shepherd. My purpose is to help people understand the truths that are being shown to myself through the Holy Spirit. The mysteries of the Gospel are plenty but the LOVE is GOD is forever and merciful.
Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
I speak boldly, without revering the evil among us. I would give my very life to save one soul from perishing. My love for GOD presses my very soul with perseverance and the unrelenting passion to spread the WORD! A servant I am to GOD. A ambassador am I to the Word, but I am not worthy. I humble myself before GOD daily. GOD has love that is unconditional, and merciful and my very essence of being is to make everyone see and feel this too.