The concept of the “Armor of God” comes from the New Testament of the Bible, specifically from Ephesians 6:10-18. Here’s a brief breakdown of the verses and how to metaphorically “put on” the armor:
Belt of Truth (Ephesians 6:14a)
- Be sincere and honest in your dealings. Seek truth in all situations and stand firm in it.
Breastplate of Righteousness (Ephesians 6:14b)
- Live a life of integrity and moral uprightness. Guard your heart against immorality and wickedness.
Shoes of the Gospel of Peace (Ephesians 6:15)
- Be prepared to share the good news of Christ. Walk in peace and reconciliation, being a peacemaker wherever you go.
Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:16)
- Have faith in God’s promises and his protection. This faith will help you fend off doubts, temptations, and fears.
Helmet of Salvation (Ephesians 6:17a)
- Guard your thoughts and know that you are saved by the grace of God. This assurance provides protection against doubt and despair.
Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17b)
- This refers to the Word of God (the Bible). Be knowledgeable in scripture, and use it as a guide and defense against spiritual attacks.
Praying in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18)
- Maintain a constant relationship with God through prayer. This keeps the armor intact and strengthens your spiritual resolve.
To “put on” the armor of God means to live out these principles daily. It’s about strengthening your relationship with God, standing firm in faith, and striving for righteousness while being equipped to face spiritual challenges.