Therefore, put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day (of danger), and having done all (the crisis demands), to stand firmly in your place). Amp.
Here is a small description of each piece of God’s Armor.
Belt of Truth
If we believe anything false, we will fall and not be able to stand in His presence. He requires truth in our hearts (Ps. 5l:6). Satan is the deceiver, always speaking lies to us. If we listen, we can open ourselves up to doubt, unbelief and fear which leads to darkness and confusion. Without faith you can receive nothing from God.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
When we trust and rely on Jesus, we are given His righteousness. Our eyes must be on Jesus, not on our weaknesses or circumstances. Like Abraham, it will be counted to us as righteousness.
The Gospel of Peace
If peace be in the heart, the feet follow the right path. Phil. 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” We are not to have any anxiety about anything, but to pray with thanksgiving, and God’s peace will come upon us. When we are worried and in fear, we are not in peace. He knows tomorrow and is already there making it work for our good. Why then do we fear?
The Shield of Faith
The definition of faith is unquestioning belief, complete trust or confidence. A shield guards and protects. So, our unquestioning belief and complete trust and confidence in Jesus guards and protects us from the fiery darts (weapons and lies) of the enemy. This is the opposite of doubt, unbelief and fear.
The Helmet of Salvation
We wear a helmet on the head. We must protect our minds from impurity that can enter our heart by what we allow into our minds. We must drink from the pure wells of salvation. If we get false teaching or worldliness into our minds through television or the internet it can corrupt our heart and be a tool Satan can use against us.
The Sword of the Spirit
The Word of God was the weapon Jesus used against Satan when he tempted Him. We must have the Word of God in our minds and hearts ready to speak to the enemy. There is power in the spoken Word of God.
If we want to do effectual spiritual warfare against the enemy, we must be a person of prayer. We gain power as we steadily make prayer our daily habit. It is said that a prayerless person is a powerless person. You will not stand in any conflict with the enemy if you have neglected prayer.
In the book of Ephesians, the Lord has laid out for us His plan for our protection. We must learn that in this life we have an enemy who has been assigned to each of us, to destroy us and take us with him to hell. He has been studying all our ways and knows our weaknesses. He is the master of deceit and trickery, and we are no match for Him.