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The Whole Armour of God

Paul reminds us that only in the Authority and power of Jesus is their victory in this spiritual war. He then tells us who our enemy really is: they are the demons behind the evil people who use these people for their own purposes.

He also advises us that God has given us protection in this battle with Satan and that only as we take on the whole armour (protection) of God will we succeed in this spiritual battle.

Eph 6:10† Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

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

Eph 6:12† 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.†

Eph 6:13† 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.†

Or as the Syriac Peshita says:

Eph 6:10 Therefore, my brethren, be strengthened in Our Lord and in the force of his power.

Eph 6:11 And put on all the armor of God, so that you can stand against the strategies of The Devil.

Eph 6:12 Because your fight has not been with flesh and blood, but with Principalities and The Rulers and The Powers of this dark world and with wicked spirits which are under Heaven.

Eph 6:13 Because of this, put on all the armor of God that you shall be able to confront The Evil One, and when you are ready in all things, you shall stand.

We are to know the truths of God which means we will understand what the battle is all about and how to fight I and the lies of the enemy and need to be in a correct relationship with God to successfully fight this battle.

The breastplate protects the heart and our righteous (correct) relationship with God protects our spiritual heart as Satan cannot attack us successfully if we are in a righteous relationship with God.

Eph 6:14† Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;†

Eph 6:14 Stand therefore and gird your waist with the truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness,

The Gospel attacks Satanís kingdom freeing people from it so is a form of spiritual warfare and the main purpose for the fighting we do with Satan. The purpose of God is to have everyone at peace with Him which is why we need to know The Gospel and be able to use (explain) its truths to defeat the enemy and his purpose for people.

Eph 6:15† And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;†

Eph 6:15 And shoe your feet with the readiness of The Gospel of peace,

Faith in Jesus places us in a position for Him to protect us and to help us fight the battle. So what faith is it in?

Faith in:

Who He is

That He has won the battle

That He has made it possible for you to fight and win the battle

That all His promises are true and that it is worth fighting (rewards).

Otherwise you will not fight the battle or may not even know there is one. Remember it is the truth that sets you free from the lies of Satan.

Eph 6:16† Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.†

Eph 6:16 And with these, take to you the shield of faith, that with it you may have the power to quench all of the blazing bolts of The Evil One.

The helmet covers the brain (mind) and if we are saved we are in a correct relationship with Jesus and understand this relationship correctly so that Satan cannot remove us from it through his lies.

The sword of The Spirit is the Word of God (The Bible) which tells us the truths we need to know to take part in this battle. If you do not know your Bible you will not be able to battle in the way you should because you will not have the knowledge of the truth to do this

Eph 6:17† And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:†

Eph 6:17 Put on the helmet of salvation and grasp the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Always communicating to God your needs and asking His advice in which we are helped by The Holy Spirit (Rom 8:26-27) If we are not able to communicate with our commander and hear Him how are we to know what He desires us to do which is why we need always to be guided by The Holy Spirit and be always alert to hear His instructions

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Eph 6:18† Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;†

Eph 6:18 Pray with all prayers and with all desires always in The Spirit and be watching with him in prayer every moment as you pray constantly and make supplication for the sake of all The Holy Ones,

We need to pray for each other and help each other in this battle. Satan is attacking us and we are The Body of Christ so the Body needs to unite as one in purpose to defeat Satan. This means we need to help each other in this battle either to protect each other from Satanís attacks or fight for and with them against Satan.

Paul mentions The Gospel at the end as that is our main weapon to rescue people from the kingdom of Satan. Without the truths of The Gospel they have no reason to go from Satanís kingdom to The Kingdom of God.

Eph 6:19† And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,†

Eph 6:19 Also for me, that the word may be given to me by opening my mouth, that publicly I may preach the mystery of The Gospel,

Many Christians have no idea about this battle which is why Jesus said only 10% of Christians would go up if the rapture occurred at this at the moment. They know about Him, He said, but do not have a personal relationship with Him which means they are not in a position to be able to even fight the battle. After the three greast revivals Jesus said only 20% would go up.

Unless you are fighting the battle or are constantly on the alert for Satanís attacks then you are a victim of it and cannot be really used by God.

It is also no use fighting the battle if you have nothing better to offer them. This is why the truths of The Gospel are central to this battle.