The Full Armor of God is a Biblical subject
with incredible implications.
The following Bible devotion is an introduction
to this timely topic.
The verses that describe the full armor of God are found in Ephesians 6:10-18. They are written below in the New King James Version:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in
the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of
God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the
heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”
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Many great sermons and Bible devotions have been based on the whole armor of God. Each person brings a slightly different perspective and each presentation provides unique insights.
Each of my presentations view the pieces from my personal perspective. I pray that each of my presentations on this topic will add blessings to your life.
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Almost every day in my personal devotional time, I physically do the movements to put on the full armor of God. I act like the pieces are visible and material. As I put on each piece, I reflect on that piece and on something special about that piece. Frequently my thoughts will be drawn to a Bible verse. The reason I choose to do this so often is because this activity always gives me a great blessing.
This full armor of God devotional is written to share examples of some of the thoughts that I think as I put on the full armor of God.
Belt of Truth - from the Full Armor of God
When I think about the belt of truth, I think about the fact that everything in the Word of God is truth. I think about how important it is for me to know the truth that is contained in the Word of God. I realize that I must continually rededicate myself to the truth of the word of God in order to stay strong in the Lord.
As I am putting on the belt of truth, God reminds me that I need to be open to being corrected by the Word of God. If I find myself disagreeing with the word of God, then I need to change and get in agreement with God. In addition, if I am confronted by people who believe something that is in opposition to the Bible, I must be strong and stay dedicated to the truth of God's word even if I am made fun of or I am shunned for my beliefs.
Truth is important to God, and I must keep it important to me.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJV
Breastplate of Righteousness - from the Full Armor of God
When I think of the breastplate of righteousness, I think of the righteousness of Jesus. Only our sinless Savior could pay the penalty for our sins. I allow myself to feel awe as I contemplate the huge sacrifice that my Lord and Savior gave to me. He took my sin, and gave me his righteousness.
The breastplate of righteousness reminds me that I am forgiven,
and I have a home in heaven.
I am reminded that I need to honor God and be careful to remember that the grace of God was not given to me so that I could intentionally live a life of sin. It was given so that I could become free of sin.
James 1:22 NKJV states, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Ephesians 5:1 TLB says, “Follow God's example in everything you do just as a much loved child imitates his father.”
That beautiful scripture in Ephesians reminds me of the loving relationship that God wants to enjoy with us every day.
Shoes of Peace - from the Full Armor of God
The shoes of peace remind me that God's peace is mine. In John 14:27 NKJV, Jesus explains, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Shoes are worn to protect our feet. The peace of God protects me from the wages of sin.
Shoes are worn to make our feet more comfortable. The peace of God makes me feel comfortable that I can boldly come into the throne room of God and receive mercy and grace. (Hebrews 4:16)
Knowing that the price of my sins has been paid,
gives me peace about my eternal future.
Shield of Faith - from the Full Armor of God
The Bible tells us that the shield of faith is intended to enable us to quench the fiery darts of the enemy. Those darts are usually doubt darts.
When I notice that the enemy is getting me to doubt God in some area, I need to go to the Word of God and get God's truth on that matter. I need to meditate on those scriptures in order to grow stronger in my faith.
Several times in the Bible, Jesus addressed the disciples by saying, “O ye of little faith.”
I have faced the fact that in some areas, I have great faith. In other areas, I have little faith.
Romans 10:17 KJV tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
Therefore, as I - read the Word of God, listen to the Word of God, and speak out the Word of God - my faith becomes stronger. The scriptures that I choose will result in the kind of faith that I grow. If I want to grow faith for healing then I need to focus on healing scriptures. If I want to grow faith that God will provide for my needs, then I need to focus on scriptures that pertain to that subject area.
Faith makes impossible things become possible.
“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 17:20b KJV
Helmet of Salvation - from the Full Armor of God
The helmet of salvation makes me think about several aspects of salvation. It reminds me of my salvation from sin and death. It also makes me think about some of the many circumstances, situations, and trials that God has saved me from. All of these thoughts bring me to a place of being overwhelmed with thankfulness.
Salvation is a gift from God.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
Sword of the Spirit - from the Full Armor of God
The Bible tells us that the sword of the spirit is the Word of God. The Word of God was written to be read. It was designed to be spoken out loud. It is designed to be used. It was not created to be placed on a table for decoration.
The Lord's Prayer, in Matthew 6:10, says “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”
God wants his will to be displayed in the earth, and he wants us to partner with him to make this happen. Using our sword of the spirit is a main part of that assignment. We are commanded to pick up our sword and get charged up to use the word of God to bring about God's plans in this world. This includes the plans he has for us as individuals.
We are all called to become great sword fighters –
fencing experts, if you will.
We are all called to be bold, swashbuckling conquerors for the cause of Christ. We are called to habitually hone our fencing techniques.
The violence that God calls us to is speaking the Word of God.
I have become convinced that none of us really realize how much power there is in the speaking the Word of God. Remarkable things happen when we use the power of the Word of God.
Copyright © 2012 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
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