PUT ON ARMOR OF GOD

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. (Ephesians 6:11-12)

Leslie M John

Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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”  (Ephesians 6:11-12)

In the battle that was to take place between the army of Philistines and the army of children of Israel both were advantageously posted, yet neither went forward to fight against each other. Philistine hero Goliath was waiting for an equivalent opponent. Saul thought there was none on his side to fight against this mighty proud warrior.

David the youngest son of Jesse, looking after his father’s sheep, went to watch as to what was happening in the battlefield. To his surprise, he found that none from the Israelites’ camp went forward to fight against Goliath.

Deeply distressed over the attitude of his brothers and also that of others in the camp, he agreed to fight with Goliath. He retorted saying, “Who is this uncircumcised fellow to mock at God’s children?” David took the challenge and went forward to face Goliath.

Seeing the shepherd boy, the giant Goliath insulted him. David was a shepherd boy, short in stature and was not in suitable attire for war. Saul was worried about the intervention of this shepherd boy, David.

“And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth”. (1 Samuel 17:33)  What a discouragement David had to face from Saul!

Yet after hearing David’s courageous acts Saul conceded that David may fight against the Philistine. However, Saul said to David to wear his armor, and put on helmet of brass upon his head, and also to be armed with his coat of mail (ref. 1 Samuel 17:38).

Saul thought suitable armor, helmet of brass, and coat of mail are required to meet challenge of enemy. Saul had all this earthly protection and yet did not have courage to face Goliath, and yet insisted on David to wear Saul’s choice armor to face the enemy. David, who relied on God’s help, rather than artificial earthly protection, was reluctant to wear such armor as Saul thought was necessary, and yet to please Saul he wore the said armor.

David girded his sword upon his armor and the entire attire that he wore to please Saul, was found uncomfortable to him. Not waiting for long time he removed it saying that he cannot go to war with the armor that Saul has provided him.  (Ref. 1 Samuel 17:39)

David took his staff and chose five smooth stones out of the brook and he slung a stone from his sling straight onto the forehead of Goliath. The stone sunk into Goliath’s forehead and he fell upon his face to the earth. (1 Samuel 17:40 and 49)

David ran and stood upon Philistine and took his sword and killed him with the enemy’s sword.  The philistines, who saw their leader fell down and was killed, fled from the battlefield (1 Samuel 17:50-51) David used Goliath’s own weapon to kill him. God was with David. Goliath’s strength and power were of no avail before God’s.

The same God, the living Lord, who has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world for the remission of your sins and mine, calls us to depend on Him because He is our savior. He wants to be our rock of refuge and bless us.  He wants us to put on the armor that he gave us instead of putting on the armor that the world gives us.  Let not the strong man glory in his strength.

 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6)


Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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.  (Ephesians 6:11-12) Christian Soldier: Spiritual Warfare

We wrestle with principalities and against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places and, therefore, we should always seek the power from Lord Jesus Christ to overcome them. We should, therefore, stand with our loins girt ever ready to fight these evil forces with the help of help and in the name of Lord Jesus Christ, who defeated Satan at the cross. The principalities and powers are superhuman devilish agencies and demonic powers as we read in Romans 8:38 Ephesians 3:10; Ephesians 6:12 Colossians 1:16; Colossians 2:10, 15. We must know our enemy. Our enemy is not any man in his flesh but the devil, the Old Dragon that deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden. Satan is defeated foe but still alive with his limited power ever casting doubts in the minds of believers in Christ. This book explains the weapons of war that a believer has to put on to be successful in the combat against the evil forces from Satan, temptations from him, and subdue him in the battle against him.