Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.(Ephesians 6:13, NIV)
From over the world, we are watching the signs that Jesus told in Matthew 24:7-12, which will appear at the end of the world, the second coming of Jesus. Jesus said, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places, which are the beginning of birth pains.” He added that the world will become evil more and more, one will hate another, the world will attack Christians in many ways, so it will be hard to keep the word of Jesus. These are the spiritual wars we must win. The invisible forces of Satan continually strive to overthrow Christians with visible warfare, persecution, culture, hatred, blame, violence, and disease. Jesus promised that those who stand firm to the end will be saved. In 2 Timothy 4:7-8, the apostle Paul said that he had won the good fight and kept his faith so Jesus would award the crown of righteousness to himself.
In order to keep our faith until our life is done and help our neighbors keep their faith, we must be firmly armed with the weapons of righteousness that God has given us. Through the word of Ephesians 6:13, Paul urges us to put on the full armor of God composed with seven-equipment so that we can win when the day of evil comes.
The first is the belt of truth buckled around our waist.
Truth is all the words of God. In particular, the core of truth is the fact that God created the world and He sent Jesus to the earth to save us from our sins. Thus, all who believe in it will be free from sin and led to salvation. When we hold on this truth and confront the world that tempts us with lies, Jesus will make us triumph.
The second is the breastplate of righteousness to protect our heart.
What is righteousness? It is choosing and doing God’s will without following the values of the world. Since the Lord is righteous, we must also live righteously, and when we live so, His power will guard us.
The third is our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
That is just the Jesus’ greatest command on the earth, which is to proclaim the gospel to our neighbors and nations wherever our feet reach, and help them to be free from sin and keep the word of Jesus. We must not be satisfied with our own salvation, but guide our neighbors whom God loves to salvation with our heart, our will, and our sincerity.
The fourth is the shield of faith.
Satan will rush to tempt and attack us with many ways to weaken our faith and overturn us. They will suddenly come to us at an unexpected time. On all such occasions, what is necessary is the faith that the Lord will ultimately give us the best one and finally save us. Proverbs 24:10 says that we are weak if we falter in times of trouble. In order to strengthen our heart, we must firmly believe that the Lord surely keeps His promise.
The fifth is the helmet of salvation.
A helmet is a protective tool for our head, the most crucial part of our body. Likewise, salvation is the only way to protect our soul. That is the ultimate goal of our life and the most essential. There is no more unhappy life if a person is not saved although he enjoyed all the affluence on the earth. The purpose Satan attacks us is to prevent us from salvation. Therefore, we must hold on to a wish for salvation because the fact we cannot reach salvation is much more severe than the threat of Satan.
The sixth is the word of God.
The word is His will and a source of wisdom and power. It also leads us to the right path by showing the way and means of obedience to the Lord. Only His word makes us discern the truth and Satan’s temptation. When Jesus finished fasting and prayer for 40 days and was led to being tempted by the devil, he won it with God’s word. Jesus showed the perfect will of God with His word and revealed Satan’s trick to be a lie when it tried to deceive Jesus. The word of the Lord gives us wisdom, understanding, power, and good judgment.
Finally, we can overcome the temptation of Satan by praying in the Holy Spirit.
We must always be awake by prayer because we do not know when and how Satan approaches us. Notably, a habit of praying at dawn is exceedingly beneficial as Jesus did it. In Luke 22:40, Jesus said to pray that we will not fall into temptation. We can pray at all times with all prayer and petition and experience our Father’s response. Prayer is a powerful weapon that cleanses our heart, let us dwell in the grace of God, empowers our mind, gives strength, and activates all good things that belong to us. Prayer is the time of fellowship with the Father, and we are safe by making our Lord work through prayer.