“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”
An armor is defined as a protective covering made of metal used in combat. The armor is made up of different components.
First according to our text; ” having girded your waist with truth“. The truth here means, the Gospel, and the several doctrines of it; it should be near and close to the saints, and never departed from; and that it is a means of keeping them close to God and Christ, and of strengthening them against the assaults and attacks of Satan. Weightlifters are often seen with very strong belt around their waist, this allow them to lift weight twice their body weight without breaking them. The truth allows access to strength and also prevent the believers from being swayed or shattered by the lies of the devil.
Second is, “breastplate of righteousness”. This allow the believer boldness before the accusations of the devil. It allows for a pure conscience both before man and God. Knowing full well that we are saved by grace and not of ourselves and we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Thirdly, “your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace”. This also means shoe which is meant to protect the believers against attacks that might lead to his fall, it signifies a “base”, or foundation. Someone once said, the best way to keep your salvation is to spread it. ” How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things “. We should always be ready to preach the gospel of Christ. But it designs the constant and firm standing of believers in the faith of the Gospel, and so striving and contending for it, without being moved from it, that it may continue with them. Shoes or boots, which were sometimes of iron, and sometimes of brass, are reckoned among the armour of soldiers.
Fourth component, the shield of Faith.
Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. The opposite of faith is FEAR! (False Evidence Appearing Real). For the just shall live by his faith saith the holy word of God. A soldier without his shield is a naked soldier, for he becomes a prey to the enemy. A Christian can only preserve himself from the fiery dart of the enemy by his Faith in God. For without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Fifth is the, helmet of Salvation. Helmet is the armor that protect the head. And the head is the center for coordinating the entire body’s activities. Once anything goes wrong with the head, the body is paralysed. It is key. Once a person salvation is compromised, defeat is inevitable.
Sixth is the, sword of the spirit which is the word of God. It is a key armory for attacking at the warfront. Like the popular saying, attack is the best form of defense. The devil doesn’t respect any other thing other than the word of God. It is the only thing by which we overcame. Are you constantly being molested by the devil and his cohorts, get the word and use the word.
Lastly, Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. Show me a prayer-less Christian and I will show you a weak and defeated Christian.
With all these, the believers is sure to have a victorious warfare.