The Christian Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV) in Ephesians Chapter 6 verses 11-18 says: “Put on the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” For those who believe the Christian Bible, that is important to remember for the daily preparation to defeat evil in your daily lives.
The Loins Girt about with Truth
All real Christians and Bible Believers must always love what is true or honest. Dishonesty or lies are abounding in today’s society (in homes, family relationships, schools, business relations, international affairs, places of worship to God: Jesus) and this is not a good for the Christian or Bible Believer. Loving honesty (the love for what is true) as Believers will help us daily. It is an aspect of the Spiritual Dimension of the Armor that is powerful. This will undoubtedly preserve Christians and Bible Believers from false concepts of what is right or wrong. Delusions are dangerous and can lead to self destruction and society degeneration. So we must love truth to abide within the precepts of God’s Will and Power. The perfect truth in our lives is the Christian Bible – the Word of God.
The Breastplate of Righteousness Some of us will remember the old English Breastplate Armor from History. It covered the heart in battles against the enemies. In the Christian concept, it means to be in good and acceptable standing or relationship with God by being pure or holy according to Biblical Scriptures of Holiness. Believers hearts and minds must remain righteous in the sight of God to fight and win against the evils of this world. A heart that is not pure cannot Spiritually fight against evil and win because both would be unclean in the sight of God. So to fight and win against evil, Christians and Bible Believers need to remain pure in heart and mind with the Breastplate of righteousness.
The daily preparation with the Gospel of Peace
This too is very essential in the Armor of God. To share the good Gospel (repentance, burial and resurrection of Christ) of God’s Word, a peaceful attire, attitude or personality is needed. In the old days, the Gospel was spreed in many cases by Missionaries traveling on their feet from place to place. Today we have bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trains, planes, ships and other ways of spreading he good news of Christian salvation and Living. But I believe no one will believe someone who is aggressive, vulgar and cantankerous in their approach to sharing the Gospel to others. By nature, people are more receptive to the Christian Bible Information from someone who demonstrates peace and good will. It shows the difference between another person who is not, and demonstrates the Bible concept of preaching the gospel of peace, and bringing glad tidings of good things as Christians. So this is an essential daily Armor of God.
The Shield of Faith In Hebrews Chapter 11 verse 1, King James Version (KJV) the Bible says: “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” So faith is basically believing God and His existence in our daily lives as we journey from place to place and do different things in our lives. When doing so, we will sometimes encounter obstacles of evil at will often try to prevent us from doing what we desire for ourselves, families, friends and neighbors. The Shield of Faith in God will protect us from evil when we show faith and demonstrate our removal of fear or doubt. Faith will bring the fruit of the spirit in our daily lives (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) as stated in Galatians Chapter 5 verses 22-23, New International Version (NIV) of the Christian Bible. In contrast, lack of faith in God and our negative actions can instead lead to, for example, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness and revelings as listed in the Christian Bible at Galatians Chapter 5 verses 19-21, King James Version (KJV). Therefore, the shield of Faith is critically important to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, so to speak.
The Helmet of Salvation In Christianity, some believe this refers to protecting our minds from evil. From history, we can remember that the helmet is a protective covering for our heads from enemy attacks that would be deadly. In Christianity, it refers to accepting or embracing Godly thinking, opinions and views. The Helmet of Salvation for some of us refers also to the concept of Christian Salvation stated in Acts Chapter 2 verse 38 or Matthew Chapter 28 verse 19 that others believe in. But this concept also refers to deliverance, preservation, healing, sanity, and such alike. And salvation is on-going in our daily lives when we obey God’s Commandments and Christian Principles. So Salvation works in a continual manner. If someone stops believing and doing God’s Word or backslides, as it is often referred to, Salvation does not continue – from my experience in seeing others who have done that. Evil then returns to the person life and he/she has gone back to doing the things that does not distinguish the person from non-Believers and Christians. So the Helmet of Salvation serves a very significant part of the Armor of God.
The Sword (Word of God) of the Spirit This basically refers to believing, doing and using the Word of God in our dialy lives. When we believe and say what the Bible says in answer to questions with Spiritual concepts, this is the Armor of God. God: Jesus expects us to say what the Bible says in replying to others concerning issues of life and diverse relationships with others in our personal lives, business, education, politics, global relations, and such alike. The Christian Bible in Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 12, King James Version (KJV) says “…the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Therefore, we can see from this that using the word of God is a powerful Armor against evil thoughts and intents against Christians and Bible Believers. As much I know, only God can see the hearts and minds (not physical fleshly mind) of men, women and children. God knows the thinking, planning and potential execution of what goes on in the minds of everyone. So to believe God and use His Word (the Christian Bible Information) as Armor will definitely help us in our daily lives for success and prosperity.