Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests with this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Eph 6:13-18
Belt of Truth
The Bible says the Truth is the word of God and the word is Jesus Christ himself (Jn 17:17 / Jn 14:6 / Rev 19:13). To make Satan stand out and to have protection from his attack we should live a truthful life – to ourselves, to God and to the people around. We should not speak a lie, act a lie or live a lie, if we do so we are with the father of lies – Satan (Jn 8:44). Our life must be tightened with Truth. Our life must not be anchored on feelings and emotions but the truth that is in the Bible.
Breastplate of Righteousness
The breastplate covers the vital organ, the heart. In our Christian life we are to guard our heart from evil attitudes, desires and schemes because it is the wellspring of life. We should seek and pursue for righteousness not self-righteousness but the righteousness we are being imposed by God the Father through Jesus Christ as He is our righteousness (2Cor 5:21). The love we receive from Jesus must manifest in serving God and His people without any vested interest or selfishness (1Thes 5:8 / Gal 5:6).
Shoes – the readiness to proclaim the Gospel of Peace
In a battle the shoes are very important as they carry the warrior forward protecting them on the treacherous land from all thistles and thorns – satanic disturbances. In the spiritual battle we are to wage the war with the readiness to share the Gospel of Jesus on our journey,wherever we go. There are people who are distressed, disappointed, rejected and afflicted by the works of the evil one. When we fill the hearts of the people with the peace from the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6)through the sharing of the message of the Gospel we are defeating Satan and liberating people.
Shield of Faith
The shield of a Roman soldier covers almost the whole body. A soldier in the body of Christ is protected from the fiery arrows of Satan which are invisible and intangible through the holy faith we have in Christ, which is being manifested through deeds of love – the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:6,22).We can increase the faith or enlarge the shield only through learning and meditating the word of Christ (Rom 10:17). The greater the shield/faith the greater is the protection.A small shield can protect you, if you enlarge your faith, it can protect the family and if you enlarge it even more it can protect many.
Helmet of Salvation
The helmet covers the head which symbolizes the mind which is the source of our understanding and knowledge. Any knowledge or understanding about God which is not according to the inspired word of God will work as a gateway for Satan to enter into our lives (2Cor 10:3-5). Therefore our mind must be filled with the knowledge about God and His salvation through Jesus as is being revealed from the holy scriptures(Rom 1:28). Anybody who comes to Jesus with true repentance a rendered heart and confesses his sins and transgressions will receive complete forgiveness from God and freedom from guilt and accusation from our enemy.
Sword of the Spirit
All the above are defensive in nature. The Sword of the Spirit is an offensive weapon to attack the enemy. We have a wonderful promise from our Lord Jesus Christ who empowered us with all His authority to wage the war, that the gates of Hades shall not prevail against us (Mat 16:18). We take the written word of God and make it REHMA and it against Satan by confession and proclaiming it with faith standing on the grace of God through the anointing of the Holy Spirit after having been protected under the Blood. Even Jesus was tempted but He overcame all temptation from Satan by exercising his faith and proclaiming the written word of God (Mat 16:18 / Ps149:6-9).
Prayer is the most wonderful and powerful weapon in the spiritual battle with no limitation. It can reach the all continents and even the heavenly realms. Heaven is stirred up by the prayer of a righteous man that will invoke the power of God and the heavenly armies to enjoy victory over Satan (Jas5:13,16). The Bible emphasizes the three attributes of prayer – In the Holy spirit, all occasions, and all kinds of prayers(Jud 20).