Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Armor of God

What should a believer in Christ Jesus fight evil with?  The following verses are from the King James Version (KJV) of the bible, read the passage Ephesians 6:10-20 for the full context:

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 
Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 
Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 
Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 
Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 

Your fight is not with people but with evil spirits working through those people.  The fight is spiritual not physical.  Your armor is spiritual not physical.  You are to put on the full armor of God, which is, according to Ephesians 6:14-17 (New Living Translation):
  • truth
  • righteousness
  • the peace that comes from the gospel
  • faith
  • salvation
  • the word of God (bible) 
For the believer, these are your armor and weapon.  Also, we are commanded to pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit.  In addition, we are to stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere.