I’m certain that I along with many other people could probably write an entire book on what the full armor of God looks like in practical terms.
So instead of making this post 20 pages long, this will simply be a list of practical ways of implementing each of the individual parts of the full armor of God into our daily lives.
I hope you enjoy!
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 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.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
The Breastplate of Righteousness
- As a breastplate protects our hearts, we must ask God to protect us from putting our desires and dreams (and therefore our ‘hearts’) into that which is not of God and therefore, that which is not righteous.
- We must understand that the will of God is the definition of righteous and that we, as humans, can not know righteous without first knowing God.
- We must practice the habit of denying ourselves and our desires so that God alone can reside in and protect our hearts.
The Preparation of The Gospel of Peace
- As sandals protect our feet, we must allow the gospel of Jesus to protect us from the cobblestones of fear and destitution and in doing so, allow ourselves to go where the will of God takes us through our readings, our prayers, and our meditations.
- We must understand that the gospel of peace is the message of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins.
- We must understand that while we may be able to find tempory peace from the hardships of our lives in many different ways, the victory of Jesus’ resurrection from the grave so that we may have eternal life is the only source of peace that will never end.
The Shield of Faith
- As a shield protects us from the arrows of the enemy, our faith in God protects us from the only thing that has the power to take away our disbelief in God, ourselves, in the form of our own human nature ( see Matthew 16:24).
- We must understand that faith in God will never become easy to practice as true faith can only exist in the midst of doubt (see Hebrews 11:1).
- We must God will always be faithful to us even as we are not faithful to him and that because of this, the issues we may encounter in our faith are not a result of a change in the promises of God but rather in our willingness to believe them.
- We must have faith not for the benefit of ourselves but for the benefits of the will of God on earth as being faithful to God only for the sake of comfort and reward is not the practice of faith, it is the sin of greed.
The Helmet of Salvation
- As a helmet protects our heads, the salvation that comes from a life after the will of God protects our minds from the corruption of hatred, cynicism, and corruption.
- We must understand that if our minds are not centered in a mindset of holiness and consecration that comes from living for the Lord, we deny our own salvation from sin (see Romans 12:1-2).
- We must actively and constantly strive to keep our minds pure and founded on the Love of God while realizing that we may always repent whenever we fall short (1 John 1:9).
The Sword of The Spirit
- As we use a sword to cut down our enemies, we use the word of God to defeat our greatest enemy to our closeness to God, our own humanity.
- We must understand that we are all sinners by nature and that only through the study and practice of the word of God can we hope to cut down the influence of our own sinful nature so that we may come ever closer to the image of Jesus (see Romans 3:23).
- We must be mindful to continuous battle the enemy within ourselves with scripture, prayer, and meditation so that we may become transparent to the will of the Lord that resides within us (see Luke 22:42).
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