Do you sometimes wonder how the armor of God protects us in a world that is fraught with danger? Try as we may, we need God’s protection more than ever because we can’t do it on our own. The good news is that He doesn’t expect us to. Let’s see what Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us about the armor of God. This scripture encourages us as we learn that God’s protection is readily available for those who love Him.
God’s Word is not a promise that we will never face adversity. The more we are for God, the more the enemy will likely attack us. Sometimes God allows us to experience seasons of trial to prepare us for what lies ahead. No matter the reason, hardship is inevitable in this life. Our best line of defense is preparation.
How to Put On The Armor of God
How do we do our part to ensure that we are prepared so God is with us? The battles we fight are spiritual and for this, we should be ready as the Bible explains in Ephesians 6:10-18. What are these weapons we wage war with?
… with the belt of truth
When facing decisions, revert to the Bible as much as possible for guidance on Biblical truth. The enemy and the world will use lies to confuse us. It may sound like the truth, but only genuine truth will prevail.
It angers God and grieves the Holy Spirit when we take life into our own hands. You know that niggly uncomfortable feeling you sometimes get? That is the Holy Spirit guiding us according to God’s truth. Ignoring it can lead to calamity. Instead, stand firm on God’s word and do not be deterred.
Familiarize yourself with the Word of God. Knowledge helps us to recognize the Spirit’s prompting and lead us onto the path of truth.
… with the breastplate of righteousness
The breastplate guards the heart and the emotions. Our heart is where we trust, experience anger, feel hurt, and battle issues of self-worth. These are the cruel tactics that the enemy uses to control and break us down.
Putting on a breastplate of righteousness means living a life that abounds with the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. All of these things are pleasing to our Father and when we lead righteous lives, God protects our hearts. He teaches us our true worth, and shows us what is important according to His perfect plan and will for us.
… feet fitted with readiness
Be ready, eager, and prepared to walk where God directs us so we may spread the good news of His love and redemption. The best way of doing this is to model His saving grace in our own lives. It doesn’t mean to put on a perfect front, it means to live in humility and give Him glory for all that He does.
He will protect the way of your path as you walk in His ways.
… the shield of faith
Trust God and take up your shield of faith daily through prayer, quiet times, Bible study, and fellowship with other believers. In times of weakness, the shield of faith, strengthened in advance, will ward off those attacks that so easily destroy our belief. God reinforces our small steps of faith with His mighty strength and enables us to stand firm against the enemies of this world.
He will come through for you, you need only have faith, turn to Him, and trust Him.
… the helmet of salvation
Know and believe that those who call on the name of Jesus Christ are saved by the blood of the cross. The gift of salvation promises us eternal life and protects our minds from the plans of the enemy, who comes to lie, cheat, rob, and destroy.
… the sword
The sword is the word of God, our most powerful weapon. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit when He ascended into heaven. The Holy Spirit brings the word alive, reminds us when we need it, and guides us to its truth and wisdom. He comforts us with the Father’s words. Listen for His voice and follow the commands of His voice.
If we put on the FULL armor of God in preparation, God will be there to guide and protect us against the schemes of the enemy at all times.
Life with the Armor of God
There was a time when I relied on my strength and ability to protect my kids, my home, my finances, and my future. When life went wrong, I stressed and panicked because I doubted myself, which made the situation worse. It was only as I grew in my knowledge of the Word that I learned to put on the armor of God, trust Him for His protection, and face life’s challenges with peace.
People will start to recognize that peace and calmness within you as you grow in your faith. And when they do, know it is God’s overwhelming all-encompassing peace that comes from knowing that He is there to watch over our every move.
How the Armor of God Protected Me One Night
As I grew in faith and closer to the Lord, His protection over my life became more evident. One such example occurred many years ago as I traveled home from work late at night along a dangerous section of road.
I was far from home and tired from a long day. An approaching storm unsettled me as I climbed into my car and a loud clap of thunder scared the wits out of me. Usually a calm person, I felt uncharacteristically shaken, and as I sat in the driver’s seat I prayed, “Lord please protect me on the way home. Keep me safe on the road tonight, in Jesus’ name I pray.”
His peace descended over me immediately and calmed my ragged nerves.
Eager to get home, I started the car and drove off towards the Highway. The rain beat down on the windshield and visibility was poor. As I drove down the on-ramp to the Highway in a remote area, a loud bang followed by a rattling sound in the engine, startled me. My heart pounded.
“Relax Kerry, it’s only thunder and probably a stone thrown up from the road.” I prayed again for God’s peace and soon felt calmer. The remainder of the trip was without incident but I was relieved to eventually reach the safety of home.
A close shave
The following morning I walked out to the car with my father and he pointed to a hole in my bonnet.
“Where did that come from?” he asked.
“I’m not sure. I never noticed it.” Confused, we looked around and on further examination, discovered the trajectory of a bullet that had missed my tire by millimeters. A bullet fired from the ground upwards, penetrated the wheel guard, the battery, and the bonnet. The loud bang I heard was the gunfire; the rattle in the engine was the bullet as it met with resistance from the bonnet and fell back into the engine.
I shuddered as the realization sank in, but immediately, I remembered God’s prompting to pray for protection and the peace that followed the prayer. A split second’s difference and the bullet would have penetrated my car door and the outcome would have been different. I shudder to think what might have happened had I been hit by the bullet, or had to stop on the side of the road because of a puncture. God’s hand protected me that night.
These are the moments that build our faith. Increased faith, in turn, enables us to live in the absolute certainty of God’s protection and provision.
The Armor of God Protects Our Loved Ones
I often feel led to pray for the protection of a loved one. Each time this happens, the reason for God’s hand of protection is revealed days later. The more I put on the armor of God with prayer, praise, and study of His Word, the more I see the evidence of His protection.
On another occasion, as I relaxed in the bath one night, I suddenly saw a vivid picture of my son with a gun firing next to his head. It freaked me out and immediately I prayed for protection over him.
Three days later he was dining at a restaurant when an armed robbery took place. Robbers stormed the restaurant and forced the patrons to hand over valuables. In the pandemonium, a gun was fired across the room, right next to my son, which left his ears ringing but no further harm.
I believe that there are many times that the prayers of the righteous have averted potential danger and harm. Stand ready and clothed against the ploys of the enemy. You don’t know what lies around the corner, but God does.
God’s Protection Amid Danger
Has fear become your constant companion? This can happen when we face daily threats to our safety. If you are worn out from living in the shadow of fear, put on the armor of God. You can read more about Overcoming Fear in this blog post here.
The armor of God provides protection, but we have to put it on ourselves. God doesn’t do that for us.
Immerse yourself in the words of Psalm 91 and take courage from the knowledge that God protects those who love Him.