Armour of God

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

Armour' mentioned in the New Testament is a visual metaphor for spiritual principles that help and protect us in our Christian walk. The six types of armour mentioned in the book of Ephesians originate in the Old Testament. The key message the apostle Paul is making illustrate that the Scriptures are our key to triumph over what is called 'spiritual warfare'. We are encouraged to properly learn the Scriptures, to study them in part and whole. Only by doing this can we have an understanding of the heart of God and hold a comprehensive knowledge of His guidance in all matters.

Importantly we can very easily apply the scriptures, like proverbs and Bible stories to our relationships and our daily activities. Commonly the Bible helps many people who want to live by Biblical principles deal directly with specific life situations. People can do this by looking up passages that directly deal with certain issues. Having a daily devotional study is a fantastic way of strengthening the inner person and thus the armour of God.

By studying, memorising and meditating on powerful Bible verses (and understanding their context) we can resist sin, temptation, unhelpful spiritual forces, false voices and nightmares. The Bible calls this resisting Satan (James 4:7, Matt. 18v18). For example, Jesus resisted the Devil when he was tempted in the desert, by quoting Scripture directly relevant to each temptation. The metaphor Paul uses to say learn you Bible is put on the Armour of God.

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