One of my favorite passages in scripture is Ephesians 6: 11-17
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 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.
What is the whole armor of God?
The Belt of Truth
The belt of truth hold the entire armor in place. Strive for honesty and Integrity in all that you do. Search for the truth of God in all things. Test everything against the Word. If it goes against the Bible, it is not from God.
The Breastplate of Righteousness.
The breastplate protects our most valuable organ…our heart. As Christians we are made right or righteous with God through Jesus Christ.
Putting on the breastplate of righteousness means keeping our hearts close to God at all times, because though we are made righteous through Jesus, Satan still tries to tempt and make us doubt our relationship with God.
Feet Fitted with the Gospel of Peace
Just as having the proper footwear is critical for traversing rough terrain, so is having the Gospel of Peace written on our hearts. Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God are the Gospel. Stand firm in the Gospel of Peace no matter what Satan throws your way.
Put on the Shield of Faith
Faith is believing and trusting God no matter what you are going through. It is putting your faith into action and making decisions that are focused on God.
Helmet of Salvation
The helmet of salvation protects our heads from the enemy’s attacks.
We are set apart by God when we become Christians. We are saved, and nothing Satan can do will take that away. Though he attacks our thoughts, we can rest in the assurance that God has given us that our present struggle with Satan will not last forever, and we will be victorious in the end.
Sword of the Spirit –The Word of God
The greatest weapon we have in our arsenal against Satan is the Word of God.
Even Jesus was tempted by the Devil, but He quoted the Word and won the battle.
As the days continue to grow darker, before you venture out into the world, be sure to put on the whole armor of God, so that you can fight off all those fiery arrows Satan throws your way.