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Eph 6:11  (NKJV) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the
                 wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
                 powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of
                wickedness in the heavenly places.
Eph 6:13  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.
Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate
               of righteousness,
Eph 6:15  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the
               fiery darts of the wicked one.
Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word
               of God;

(1) Loins girt about with the truth.
(2) Breastplate of righteousness.
(3) Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
(4) Shield of faith.
(5) Helmet of salvation.
(6) Sword of the Spirit.
 

The Belt (Girt) of Truth

                           The Belt is not the most noticeable piece of the armor, however, it is actually
                           the central piece that holds all the rest securely in place and provides for
                           every need during battle. The belt was broad and made of sturdy leather.
                           From it hung an overlapping skirt of leather straps which on the inside
                           surface were armored with small rectangular pieces of metal held in place by
                           decorative rivets which showed on the outside. Also from the belt hung
specialized hooks and holders on which to secure the scabbard that contained the sword at the proper angle, the quiver which held lances, and an apparatus on which to rest the large battle shield. Also, on the belt were clips with which to hold the breastplate in its proper place. Supplies of bread, oil and water were also on the belt.

What is Truth?

Joh 14:6  Jesus said to him, "
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father
                except through Me.

Joh 17:17 
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the truth of God. Truth will let us know who our enemies are, and how they attack us. The content of God’s truth is absolutely essential for the believer in his battle against the tricks of Satan. Without knowledge of biblical teaching, he is, subject to being “carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming”.

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul warns that “the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1). The “doctrines of demons” taught by cults and false religions have their origin in the “deceitful spirits” that in Ephesians Paul calls “rulers, … powers, … world forces of this darkness, … [and] spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (6:12). These false schemes of Satan can be successfully defeated only with the truth of the Word of God so we must always be on our guard to recognize his tricks.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

                         The Breastplate was really a work of art. Each breastplate was custom made
                         for the soldier that wore it. Often a casting was made of the man’s torso.
                         Breastplates were often made very elaborate with additional decorations and
                         polished to a brilliant mirror finish that was blinding in the sunshine. Despite
                         its beauty, the breastplate was very functional, protecting the heart and other
                        vital organs from penetration through its metal shell.

What is Righteousness?

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Righteousness as the state of being and acting in accordance with divine or moral law, and being free from guilt or sin. If that is true, then the breastplate of righteousness from a Christian perspective is being right with God -- following His laws and His principles.

Rom 3:20  (NIV) Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of
                 the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
Rom 3:21  But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to
                 which the Law and the Prophets testify.
Rom 3:22  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is
                  no difference between Jew and Gentile,

Righteousness is a gift.
Rom 5:17  (NIV) For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man,
                  how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of
                  the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

When the enemy, the accuser tries to convince us that we are not really saved, that we just keep on disappointing God, and that we’re “poor excuses” for Christians, we can stand up to him because of the righteousness we have been promised through our faith in Jesus Christ.

The Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace

                          The Shoes or sandals of the Roman soldier were no normal footwear. Great
                          care was taken by Rome to supply the soldiers with appropriate footwear for
                          their assignment. Their shoes (or boots) consisted of an elaborately cut and
                          laced sandal of which the sole was layers of metal and leather with ‘hob nail’
                          spikes extending one-half inch, to in some cases ‘inches,’ from the sole to
plant into the ground to keep them from being moved. Some had toe spikes and or built-in
spurs with which to do damage to the enemy. The uppers of the sandals were often armored
by small overlapping pieces of metal riveted to the leather straps. In addition, attached to the uppers of the sandal were removable metal greaves that extended up over the kneecap
protecting the knees, shins and ankles.


What is the purpose of the shoes?  (There are two different interpretations of this verse.)

Interpretation 1
The shoes, or the sandals, are called “the preparation of the gospel.” In other words, it means being ready with something. “Preparation” means to really prepare. It means to prepare to share the good news with people that do not know the Lord.

Preparation involves study of the scriptures so that you have the ability to communicate the message of the gospel to others. Paul calls it “the gospel of peace.” It means the gospel that has the ability to produce peace of heart and mind in those who believe it and obey it. We must let others see that peace in our lives so they will want what we have. Then we should be prepared to lead that person to the Lord. That is the “shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace”.

Romans 10:15 says, “…How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Interpretation 2
I found this interpretation on the internet but couldn’t find the name of the author . This one makes more since because in these particular scriptures we are being told to put on the whole armour God to to protect ourselves against the wiles of the devil not to do evangelising.

Here is what this author wrote:
Before I show you what the Lord showed me about our armor, I have a message for you : The enemy is after you and has laid out many traps ahead.  Stay focused on the Lord and cling to Him, do not depart.

Okay, on to the shoes of peace. To be honest, when I studied this armor stuff I didn’t quite understand it, okay the basic teaching maybe, but I had a lot of questions, and I asked.. continually.and one by one the Lord began to teach me. I’d say-shoes? How does that relate to the preparation of the gospel? I thought this had something to do with this verse:

Isa 52:7  How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who
               proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation,
               Who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

  So I kind of disregarded the shoes, I figured, I’m not on a mountain, and I’m not a missionary - so maybe it’s not for me…. until one day in church, the Holy Spirit spoke to me.  I was standing next to someone who really annoyed me. I remember standing there mad as those around me sang their praise, I stood and told the Lord how annoyed I was (and it was because I wasn’t getting my own way). I immediately heard “put on your shoes of peace”. I knew instantly that I was to make peace, control myself, change my attitude and be quiet. I just knew, however, I really didn’t want to do that, I would have much rather done something else.  I obeyed, and I regret that I didn’t obey with a good attitude. The Lord supernaturally blessed me that day with many blessings as I walked in obedience. I understood that the shoes of peace are so much more than we can imagine.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns”  Maybe I now understand that my life is my testimony and the way I behave sends out a message of the good news of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

I am so excited about this new key to protection I have discovered as I studied our armor and warfare… it seems so simple, yet it is so powerful. And this is what I have discovered: Peace is a protector, Peace protects us, (and this peace if from the Lord) it closes a door to the enemy. There is a supernatural link and key between peace and righteousness (right living) that protects those who fear the Lord.

If you want protection from your enemy and his traps, you must live your life in obedience. Always searching and working hard to maintain a peaceful life in all circumstances and living a life of righteousness and right living
. This peace is a gift and a blessing given to you from the Lord God and His Son Jesus.

The Shield of Faith

                       There were actually two types of shields used by Roman soldiers of the day.
                       One, a small (24”-36” diameter) round one, was for dress parades. The other,
                       was a large (60”x30”) rectangular shield that in Greek was named, “a door,”
                       because it looked like the soldier was carrying a full size leather covered door
                       behind which he could safely stand. Each shield was made of six layers of
thick animal hide specially tanned and woven together making them as tough
and durable as metal yet relatively light weight. The leather shields could be
projectiles on them, the fire would be extinguished on impact.

Quench all the fiery darts

What are these “flaming darts of the evil one”? They are the schemes and clever tricks of Satan. These “flaming arrows” come upon us in various forms including evil or filthy thoughts, lustful imaginations, unforgiving attitudes, etc. They flash upon the mind suddenly regardless of what we are doing or thinking.

Have you been engaged in prayer and found yourself bombarded by thoughts, notions and ideas from every direction that interfere with your concentration on God. Have you been reading your Bible and found it impossible to concentrate on it? You don’t have any problem concentrating on the newspaper, or a novel, but when you start reading your Bible suddenly you find it impossible to concentrate. Where did that evil thing come from?

The shield of faith not only defends our whole body but also our armour. It keeps the darts of the enemy away from the head, chest, waist, arms and legs. No wonder the Bible says we should have it 'above all'.

The shield of faith has a very specific function, which the Bible makes abundantly clear: quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Not some of them but all of them.


None of the other pieces of weapon mentioned so far are exalted as highly as the shield.
The shield moves with the attack. A skilled soldier can use the shield to hold back the darts of the enemy no matter the direction they come from. When the shield is down the other weapons are exposed.

How do you overcome such “flaming arrows of the evil one”? Take up the shield of faith. You will not be able to do this in your own strength. It is a spiritual conflict and spiritual battles must be fought on those grounds.

Faith acts on the great truths of God’s Word. Faith talks. Faith argues with Satan. Faith says, “2Ti 1:12  For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

All believers have this promise: “Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). Faith is a protective barrier between us and the schemes of Satan. When we believe God and take Him at His word, we remain grounded in truth, the lies of the enemy lose their power, and we become overcomers. In that way, faith is our shield.

Helmet of Salvation

                    The helmet was the most noticeable piece of armor. It was often ornate,
                    intricately decorated and plumed with brightly dyed feathers or horsehair.
                    Some parade dress helmets had course horsehair plumes that would extend to
                    the waist. The Roman helmet was designed so that blows from sword,
                    hammer or ax could not pierce it but would be deflected and yet allow the
                    soldier maximum visibility.

The fact that the helmet is related to salvation indicates that Satan’s blows are directed at the believer’s security and assurance in Christ. The two dangerous edges of Satan’s spiritual broadsword are discouragement and doubt. To discourage us he points to our failures, our sins, our unresolved problems, our poor health, or to whatever else seems negative in our lives in order to make us lose confidence in the love and care of our heavenly Father.

The helmet protects the head or the mind. If salvation is working in our lives, then our minds will be renewed. We will not continue to think the way we did, or the way the world does

Even when our minds have been renewed, they need protection. This is what the helmet of salvation is for. It is the salvation that we have received that protects our minds. Salvation is so profound, such a dramatic contrast to our former life and way of thinking, that from the time we are born again, the cross should be the one thing that determines what we allow in our minds or not.

The Sword of the Spirit (The Word of God)

                       The sword of a Roman soldier of that day, was a feared weapon. Short,
                       lightweight and well balanced, it was quick and deadly. The two razor
                       sharpened edges of the broad blade could easily slice a roast. And, the flared
                       and tapered point was designed to easily penetrate and disembowel the
                       enemy. It was well known that if a Roman soldier ever unsheathed his sword
                       -- he would use it.

The phrase “sword of the Spirit” is found only once in Scripture, in Ephesians 6:17. The sword is one of the pieces of spiritual armor Paul tells the Ephesian Christians to put on as part of the “full armor of God” that will enable us to stand our ground against evil (Ephesians 6:13).

The sword is both an offensive and defensive weapon used by soldiers or warriors. In this case it is a weapon belonging to the Holy Spirit. Swords were used to protect oneself from harm or to attack the enemy to overcome or kill him. In both cases it was necessary for a solider to get rigid training on the proper use of the sword to get maximum protection or defense. All Christian soldiers need the same rigid training to know how to properly handle the Sword of the Spirit “which is the word of God.” The sword which Paul refers to here is the Holy Scriptures. We know from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that the word of God is from the Holy Spirit and written by men. Since every Christian is on the spiritual battle with the satanic and evil forces of this world, we need to know how to handle the Word properly. Only then will it be an effective defense against evil, but it will be an offensive weapon we use to “demolish strongholds” of error and falsehood (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

The purpose of the Word of the Spirit-the Bible-is to make us strong and able to withstand the evil onslaughts of Satan our enemy. The Holy Spirit uses the power of the Word to save souls and then to give them spiritual strength to be mature soldiers for the Lord in fighting this corrupt and evil world we live in. The more we know and understand the word of God, the more useful we will be in doing the Will of God and the more effective we will be in standing against the enemy of our souls.

The all-powerful sword of the living God is able to cut through every defense our enemy can raise-down to the very division of bone and marrow. When wielded by a servant of God, nothing can withstand its ability to cut straight to the core of a matter and uncover the truth. As soldiers in God's army, it is our responsibility and duty to use His Word to discern the truth and then follow it.

ARMOUR OF GOD

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Paul the Apostle wrote the book of Ephesians during a time when he was in Rome under an unusual type of arrest. This arrest allowed him to reside in his own house, and come and go, but required him to be continually chained to a Roman soldier. For this reason, Paul became very knowledgeable about the armor and implements of warfare belonging to the man to which he was chained.
Paul described a divine and complete “outfit” that God gives believers in order to provide all we need to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.  “Stand against” was a military term meaning to resist the enemy, hold the position, and offer no surrender. The Devil will not fight fair; he uses subtle tricks and schemes. Our ability to stand firm depends on our use of the armor.