The Armor of God…Part 1: An Overview

Scripture Reference;

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 12For 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.

 13Wherefore 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.

 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV

I have a dear friend named Michelle who I have known since I was seven years old. I have only seen her on a few occasions since I grew up and got married, but like many other people nowadays, we have begun visiting over the past year or two through Facebook. The other day I was feeling discouraged about some things and she reminded me of the importance of  “The Armor of God”. Then I was over at Debbie Feller’s Blog  and saw this:

“You have also given me the shield of your salvation.
And Your gentleness has made me great.”  2 Samuel 22:36

I had already told my other friend that I was going to look at the Ephesians passage, but I felt a prompting when I was at Debbie’s blog that I should not put it off. 

The subject of  “The Armor of God” is one that most Christians are familiar with. From the time we are little we learn songs, color, cut and paste paper soldiers, and listen to stories while the Sunday School teacher refers us to the flannel board. But how familiar are we really? Can you recite the above passage of scripture? I can’t. Can you name each piece of equipment that the Lord provides for each and every believer? Not me. I can name a few, but not all of them. If you can recite the passage and list all of those items, do you know how to use them? In what type of situations are you supposed to use them? Do you use them?…regularly?

Here I am with an interesting subject on my mind, and instead of spouting off all I know which frankly, isn’t much, I am asking you, the reader, all of those questions.  :)   I am looking forward to digging into the word, and sharing anything I learn. I am going to try to avoid peeking at commentaries. There is so much out there on this topic. I will not be attempting to “teach” anyone how to interpret or apply the passage. As usual, I will be just sharing “glimpses”…Lord willing.

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  1. Heather said,

    January 13, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on this subject.

    • January 13, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Thank you, Heather. I am really looking forward to any insights you either already have, or might get as you look at the passage. My plan is just to go verse by verse, and have no idea how many posts it will take to get through it. 🙂


  2. Debbie said,

    January 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

    This is a wonderful idea, Theresa. I’m all ears! This is what was on my perpetual calendar for today . . .”Seek to learn about God from God.” (Rachel DiPaolo
    What do you think about that? 🙂
    love and prayers, wonderful woman of the Word!

    • January 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

      I will check that out! Pray for me, today. 🙂


      • Debbie said,

        January 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        Praying for you! My comment was a bit confusing though . . .I was just amazed at that statement from Rachel being on the calendar yesterday as you posted this and didn’t want to look at what other people had said, but go to God and pray and see what He reveals to you. 🙂 So, I wanted to give Rachel credit for the statement, but you don’t have to go listen and read her in reference to what your post is about. I think I just made things even more confusing. haha!
        love and prayers for your day!

  3. Mike Azer said,

    January 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Moore, this is a lovely post. I would love to hear your thoughts about the whole armor of God.
    The first post I wrote on my blog was about verse 15 of this same passage, the footwear 🙂

    • January 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, and for the link. I will go check it out. 🙂

      I do not have a regular posting schedule. I would love to start working on my first entry in this study right away, but I just started my 2nd semester of college yesterday, so it could be as early as tomorrow or as late as a week or more down the road. I have asked all of my blogging friends to remember me in prayer.


      • January 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        I think I know what you mean, Deb. I will check it out as soon as I can. 🙂


      • January 14, 2012 at 12:21 am

        Mike, I think I will wait until after I write on that verse since I promised that I would not peek at commentaries. I will probably use my Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. I use it a lot. But I will check out the link after I have posted. 🙂


  4. January 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Theresa, I love this passage of scripture. I don’t have it completely memorized, but I know where to find it when I need it. The Lord has often impressed upon me the need to put on His armor every day before I leave the house, but I don’t always do that. At least not methodically and thoughtfully. But when I know trouble is coming, I will pull out this passage before I head out for the day. Peace, Linda

  5. January 14, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Linda, I know what you mean. It’s a great passage, but one that I do not methodically employ…thinking about that analogy. I love the truth I find in scripture, and I try to be truthful, but When I get physically dressed each day I don’t ask myself if my loins have been girted? 🙂

    But it is an important passage, and I am so glad that the Lord has helped you to see it’s value and make use of it. That is really wonderful!.


  6. Ann said,

    January 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks Theresa.

    I too am looking forward 🙂


  7. January 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    I really enjoy the friendship and exchange of thoughts out hear in blogland. I am looking forward to the next post on your blog, too. 🙂

  8. Linda said,

    January 15, 2012 at 4:36 am

    I have to confess that even though I attended a Bible Study on the book of Ephesians, I remember the armor but couldn’t match each piece with it’s type of protection.

    I do recall a stressful time when I prayed those verses daily. Of course, the blessings were awesome. I look forward to relearning what I’ve forgotten with you.

    Thanks for being a good teacher! : ) hugs.

  9. January 15, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Linda, you are a gem! I am so thankful for you. Please share all that comes back to you…all that has been hidden in your heart as it surfaces…if you feel led to do that. 🙂

    You are a good teacher, too.


  10. internet elias said,

    January 16, 2012 at 1:14 am

    11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    (My opinion: God is our strength. Without him. We have no power. It was God who hurled the ‘stone’ into the forehead of Goliath. The ‘stone’ that struck Goliath is the ‘stone cut out without hands’ that will destroy man’s even rule at His return. It is the same ‘stone’ who was made chief of the corner.
    David went without sword or armour since he know ‘the battle is the Lord’s.’ Knew it. Knew Him. Knew God was the Rock of David’s salvation.

    I him to powder.

    • January 16, 2012 at 1:26 am

      You are right. Those are important thoughts to keep in mind when studying about the armor of God. You almost read my mind. 😉


      • Debbie said,

        January 16, 2012 at 1:38 am

        This reminds me that once He had me focusing on the “to stand” part. In order to stand, what did I need to do? 🙂 love you!

  11. January 16, 2012 at 3:07 am


    All of you are making such interesting comments. It makes me want to get started on this study so badly! I wish school hadn’t started up already. If only I could have had just one more week of Christmas break. 😦

    I hope it won’t be long until I can dig in and get started on this series.


  12. bendedspoon said,

    January 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    This explains why I am sometimes defeated. God offered the whole set of armor but on some days I only put on the belt because the rest are heavy — talk about being lazy. Sometimes I choose not to wear the sandals of peace but instead use the high heels of excitement — talk about being side-tracked…

    Praying that I put on the full armor everyday. That nothing is safest than the Lord covering me 🙂

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