Putting on the Armor of God

Putting on the Armor of God by Elizabeth George

When I write, events happening around me often show up in my books. The same thing occurs in Paul’s writing as he explains the reality of spiritual warfare. Paul pens a letter from a prison where he’s been for two years, observing Roman soldiers daily. Because he learned a lot about these soldiers’ armor and weaponry, he uses this imagery to remind us of the need to prepare for spiritual battle.

Have you struggled to believe in the Bible’s truth? To stand for God? To follow Christ faithfully? Take heart! You’re not alone.

These battles are part of a great spiritual war involving this world... and the entire universe. Praise God, the ultimate victory has won by Christ! What can you do to ensure you are strong and will be victorious in your stand against Satan?

The Armor of God (Ephesians 6:14-18)

Put on truth

Soldiers wore a belt around their waists to hold pieces of armor in place. The belt of truth is essential for doing battle against the lies, half-truths, and distortions of Satan.

Put on the breastplate of righteousness

The breastplate provided a soldier with protection from the neck to the thighs. Righteousness is holiness, and your faithful obedience to Christ forms a protective covering.

Put on the gospel of peace

A Roman soldier had special sandals made of soft leather with studded soles that allowed him to stand firm in combat. Putting on truth enables you to stand your ground against Satan’s lies.

Pick up the shield of faith

The large Roman shield was designed for full protection. Faith is your shield. Trusting and believing God is involved in everything you hold to and have confidence in.

Put on the helmet of salvation

The helmet protected a soldier’s head from arrows and sword blows. “Salvation” refers to your future eternal life and heaven. The helmet of salvation gives you confidence that a great and glorious victory is coming.

Wield the sword of the Spirit

The sword spoken of here was used in hand-to-hand combat. This spiritual weapon has its origin in the Spirit of God, who teaches you what the Bible means and how to apply it in your daily life.

Dressing for spiritual success is a head-to-toe process. When you put on and wear this armor, you can win the daily struggles of living for Christ wholeheartedly.

RESPOND

Lord, I will follow You into spiritual battle dressed for victory. May I never take for granted my faith. Remind me to use it as my shield each day. Guide me with Your strength. Each victory is to Your glory. Amen

RENEWING RESOURCES

A Woman After God’s Own Heart — Elizabeth George shares God's Word and woman-to-woman practical wisdom on how you can pursue God's priorities by putting God first in your day, your heart, and your life.

REFLECT

Each day this coming week, choose one piece of the armor of God to put on. Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom as you trust in Him.

REMEMBER

“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...” Ephesians 6:14-18


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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