Written by Wanda Smith
Ephesians 6:10&11 “Finally, be strong in the Lord , and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”
When Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians, the concept of putting on the armor of God was not a brand new one. The Redeemer of Zion as described in Isaiah 59:15a-17 shows God the Redeemer. In verse 17 ” He put on Righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of Salvation on His head.” Later in that chapter we are given the encouragement: “When the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” God was our example of the Great Warrior. One of God’s names in “Jehovah Nissi” or “The Lord our Banner (or Standard)” Jesus is our Banner that we lift up against the enemy.
Paul took the theme from Isaiah and used the soldiers of his day to show how important it is to put on spiritual armor. This battle that we find ourselves in daily is a spiritual one. Paul used the visual aid of a Roman soldier because Roman soldiers were a prominent part of the culture of the people of his day. Writing while in prison, he was probably guarded by a soldier. He must have looked at the soldier as God inspired him to write these words:
“Finally, brethren, be strong (empowered) in the Lord (through your union with Him) and in the power of His might [Not in your own power but in the power that comes from being with Him daily] (draw your strength from Him) Put on (an act of will not an automatic thing) the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes, strategies and deceits) of the devil.”
A scheme is something that is set in motion gathering momentum as it continues. Satan doesn’t even have to be there to make it happen. A thought is put in our mind and it sets off a chain reaction. The thoughts “snowball” from there. We have to be strong enough in Jesus to stand. We must have a firm footing, good balance and a good foundation. During warfare, if we go down, we have to get back up.
After every enemy has been fought and you’re wounded and hurting, stand up, look around and see if there are any more to take on. Do not give up. The distractions from Satan will be there to knock us off balance. We have to stand so our feet must be properly protected.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities -rulers of the royal court of Satan, against powers – host level evil priests of Satan, against the rulers of the darkness of this age – legion level priests, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places- circle of coven Satanists.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds…” II Corinthians 10:4-5
“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand…STAND therefore…” What are we standing on? The scriptures, our foundation.
“Having girded your waist with Truth ” -Protects stomach and reproductive region. The truth that Jesus is the Son of God and the Word of God. Our stomach digests the Word we put into us and our reproductive organs carry out the Great Commission. (Mark 16:15-18)
“Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness” – Guards vital organs, your heart, your life, your breath. James 5″16 “The prayer of the righteous accomplishes, achieves, avails much.” II Corinthians 5:21 says we are the righteousness of God in Christ.
“Having shod your feet with the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace.” The key is the shoes and the PREPARATION… One thing about soldiers is that they have to train, to practice before they can effectively go to war. So we must practice when we are not in battle, reading, memorizing and speaking the Word of God daily to build up the inner man.
We have to prepare. Psalm 119:11 “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.”
“Above all, take the shield of Faith with which you will be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Fiery darts can come as unclean thoughts that are shot into our minds. Imagine a shield big enough to cover your whole body, at least 4 feet high and 2-1/2 feet wide. We can completely hide behind this shield. We are covered.
One way to counteract the darts is to listen to Christian music. A good diet of anointed music is very beneficial to spiritual warfare and to growth.
The Roman shields had hooks on either side so that when they were in battle, they could hook on to the soldier on either side of them and make their shields nearly impenetrable. Matthew 18:19-20 reads: “Again I say unto you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven, for where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
“Take the helmet of Salvation” – Guards the mind and the intellect. II Corinthians 10:5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One.)
Philippians 4:8 “Whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and in honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].”
The battlefield is in the mind so if were are on the alert and are conscious of what is going on in our spirit life, if we feed our mind the right kinds of messages (that is Godly music, literature, movies, etc.) we can react defensively to the darts coming from the enemy and not let them take us down.
“And the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” – the Word of God, the Bible…know it, speak it, breathe it. The sword is an offensive weapon. The shield and armor are our defense. The Word has to be in our hearts before we can speak it out of our mouths. When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He said,”It is written…” In Matthew, Jesus made reference to speaking to the mountain (17:20 and 21:21.) When we speak the Word of God into a situation, it becomes Rhema Word, the spoken Word of God, a very powerful weapon. Matthew 21:22 says, “and whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.
Jude 20-21 “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
“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 6:18
The Lord is right there with us interceding for us and when we don’t know how to pray, He knows just the right words (Romans 8:26-27)
This is God’s promise that we are not in the battle alone. He is with us. Joshua 1:9 says, “…the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“For the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” (Isaiah 52:12b)
WE have to put on the Armor of God but God’s got our back!