One of the biggest secrets of spiritual protection is the Armour of God, most notably in Ephesians 6. As verse 12 rightly states:
“Because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual matters of wickedness in the heavenlies.” (TS2009)
Note also 2 Corinthians 10:5, which clearly indicates we are in a war. Considering all the persecution of Christians in the world and the persecution of Christian beliefs it is clear that the battle in not against human flesh.
Grimly, realise this, if you call yourself a Christian: Ignoring the Spiritual realm will ensure you becoming cold and irrelevant in the Kingdom. There are too many churches caught up in activities and rituals. Come out of those asleep around you!
You need to put the Armour on every day, because you cannot see all the spiritual attacks. God will also not reveal them all to you, which is why He gave us the Armour. The good news is that you can pray this over other people too, as many of us discovered. You can also customize it, which is biblical.
Firstly, like ANY OTHER true Christian dogma, it must also have its roots in the Old Testament. Jesus and the Apostles never started a new cult, hence your dogma must always be subjugated to the harmonization of both OT and NT.
The battles started before Genesis 3, the fall of Mankind, which was due to a victory from Satan’s side over Adam and Eve. From there on it has been a struggle for us. But God has foreseen it all and Jesus came and paid the full price so that we can enter the Kingdom. This does not make you immune to attacks and like any soldier, you need to put your protection on DAILY. Ephesians 6 and other scriptures confirms the ongoing attacks, therefore we need to be ready.
Firstly, please read Psalm 34:7. Even God gives protection. (David wrote many times about God being his shield.)
Now read Isaiah 59:17:
“And He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of deliverance on His head. And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped Himself with ardour as a mantle.” (TS2009).
More great OT scriptures are: Genesis 15:1, Exodus 28:29, Deuteronomy 33:29, Isaiah 61:10, Zechariah 3:4 and others not listed here.
Now, Paul aslo refers to the Armour as one of Light in Romans 13:12. This fits with the many verses of being in the Light both in the OT and the NT, widening the concept of protection we need and our dependency on the entire Bible.
Do you understand it is much bigger than slapping on a few nice things they taught in Sunday School?
Now, note Thessalonians 5:5-9 and put Ephesians 6 next to it. Paul writes about the breastplate of Righteousness in the one, and a breastplate of Faith and Love in the other scripture. Likewise, a helmet of Salvation is listed in Ephesians and a helmet of Hope/Expectation in Thessalonians. Then in Colossians 3:14 he talks about putting on Love as a bond of perfection.
Did Paul get confused or are his instructions showing that a) one can adapt to circumstances and b) there are options?
Many Christians never read past Epeshians and critize (judge?) anyone who changes or adds something. Many Christians looked at me as if I was a heretic because I told them God said I need more protection. Well, the Holy Spirit spoke clearly to my spirit one morning on the way to work and said, this is not the Roman times, you need protection like a modern soldier. I got a fright and I can recall where I was driving and the moment clearly.
But, God is always right. I never knew I could add anything, because I never paid attention to the other scriptures. So, He gave me more items because I asked what to add.
I doubt that one dressed sparsely as a Roman soldier could be effective on a modern battle field. I still use all of Ephesians 6 says, because Paul states what works and in an eloquent way. There is nothing wrong with it. Maybe I need more because I am a problem child or something. You are free to add more, as long as you add Biblically sound concepts, holy values or the Fruit of the Spirit.
To explain how it works in the spiritual realm, being somewhat poetic too:
For anyone dressing up in the Armour would know, it does not sit loose on you, each item embeds itself onto you and becomes part of you. You brand yourself with the armour. But the constant attacks wears the outer layer of protection down and you need to renew it daily. It is like ablative armour. This means that anytone attacking will blast off a piece of where they attacked you back in his own face. That could be a spirit or a natural person. Therefore you need to renew it by speaking it. The words of your mouth with faith has creation power and being obedient to the Spirit of YHWH guarantees the outcome.
If it does not make sense initially it will later once you put it on daily and notice the difference it makes in your life and those you pray it on. What Christians agree on: You will experience better spiritual stability, have better moods over time, be anxious fewer times, be calmer over time, feel more secure/protected and experience less accidents and hear better from God. (The latter is a direct result of protection the Armour gives you and the angels assigned to you, explains Rebecca Brown.)
Have I mentioned that you actually become more obedient? If you make an effort with anything Biblical it affects your willingness.
Ok, here is the list I normally do, but sometimes I changed my additions or add even more. Those not in Ephesians 6 have relevant scriptures listed next to them.
Belt of Truth
Breastplate of Righteousness
Helmet of Salvation
Boots of Willingness for the Gospel
Leg guards of Goodness and Mercy (Ps 23)
Arm guards of the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5)
Gloves of Holiness (1 Tim 2:8)
Shield of Faith
Sword of the Spirit
Thank you for taking the time to study this important institution of God. Spread the Truth about it. Ignore that lie of the devil saying it is just a metaphor, and you really just need it in your heart and mind. This stuff is real and those who use it will definitely benefit. Feel free to contact me. Shalom!