Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 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.

13 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.

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

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

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

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

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Introductory Thoughts

Most battles won have been won because of being equipped with the proper weaponry. Though the substance may be different in Christian warfare, the same theme prevails. No believer is nearly as successful in battle as he is when he dons “the whole armour of God” (Ephesians 6:11). This armour assists the believer as he seeks to stand “against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). This armour defends the loins with truth, the vital organs with righteousness (Ephesians 6:14), the head with salvation (Ephesians 6:17), and the entirety with faith (Ephesians 6:16). The same armour provides the offensive weaponry in the word of God and prayer (Ephesians 6:17-18). Notice that the spiritual weaponry lacks any emphasis upon the physical.

Devotional thoughts

  • (For children): Goliath had better weapons and armour than David (1 Samuel 17:4-7), yet David refused Saul’s armour (1 Samuel 17:38-39). He had only a staff, a sling, and five stones, but he was not really depending upon them to defeat the giant. Read on whom David was depending (1 Samuel 17:45-47).
  • (For everyone): What parts of the body are covered by the armour? Are there any parts left uncovered (i.e., the back, the knees)? Why would these parts need no armour?
  • What is the connection between each piece of armour and the part of the body that it covers (i.e., why are the loins girt about with truth, or why is the head covered with salvation)?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for the armour He has given you.
  • Ask the Lord to help you put on the whole armour of God.