In Ephesians, the apostle Paul creates a powerful metaphor for how your faith can help protect you from spiritual attack. Spiritual attacks might be things like the temptation to sin, doubting your faith, or feeling like you aren’t good enough to share God’s word, and the Bible says that these are caused by Satan and his evil forces. However, if you symbolically put on the whole armor of God, you can stand firm against these attacks and remain strong in your faith.
Method 1 of 2:
Wearing the Armor of God
Buckle the belt of truth around your waist. In Ephesians 6:14, Paul writes: “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth.” The belt is the part of the armor that holds everything else together, so your protection against temptation and self-doubt starts with knowing God’s truth.
This means to trust in the truth of God’s word and His plan for you, but it also means to live a Christian life that’s free of dishonesty or hidden sin.
Cover your heart with the breastplate of righteousness. Ephesians 6:14 continues: “having put on the breastplate of righteousness.” Everyone has certain areas where they’re most vulnerable to temptation. However, you don’t have to be perfect in order to be shielded from that temptation. You just have to rely on the purity of Jesus and strive to be like Him, and that will strengthen you.
For instance, if you struggle with jealousy, a spiritual attack might come in the form of a new neighbor who seems to have it all. By reminding yourself of Christ’s purity and sacrifice for you, as well as the rich blessings that God has given you, you can overcome those feelings of envy.
Did You Know? In 1 Corinthians 1:30, the Bible says that Jesus was able to redeem us for our sins because of His righteousness: “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.”
Protect your feet with the shoes of the gospel of peace. Paul continues in the next verse: “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15). Allow God to guide your feet by following His calling in your life. Also, be prepared to stand and battle against the forces of evil that might tempt you to sin or fill your mind with fear and anxiety.
The gospel is God’s word, but here Paul specifically mentions peace. Since armor is used in preparation for wartime, this verse is a powerful reminder that God will help you overcome any obstacles to your peace.
Use the shield of faith to protect yourself from spiritual attacks. Paul emphasizes the importance of faith in Ephesians 6:16 when he says: “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” The “fiery darts” are spiritual attacks that might cause you to sin or doubt your faith. However, if you ask the Lord to strengthen your faith, this verse says that it will become strong enough to act as a shield from these attacks.
This faith should be deeper than just faith in God’s existence—you also need to rely on His goodness and His plan for you.
Wear the helmet of salvation to protect your mind. Once you accept Jesus as your Savior, you are forgiven for your sins and guaranteed a life with God in heaven. Relying on this knowledge will protect your mind from questions and doubts about God, salvation, and how you should follow Him. This is what Paul means when he says “And take the helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17). 
Since most sin starts out as a thought, keeping your mind clear and focused can help you remain a righteous warrior for the Lord.
Colossians 3:2 reinforces this message by advising believers to keep their thoughts on heavenly pursuits: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Carry the sword of the spirit to ward off evil. Paul continues Ephesians 6:17 by saying, “and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Your armor against spiritual attack wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t have a weapon. By reading Scripture daily, memorizing verses that are meaningful to you, and asking God to show you the words you need to hear, you can help protect yourself from discouragement, despair, and your own weaknesses.
Three of the gospels describe a time when Jesus went into the wilderness to fast and pray. At the end of his fast, Jesus was approached by Satan, who tried three times to tempt Jesus to sin. In each case, Jesus quoted Scripture to shut down the devil.
If you familiarize yourself with the Bible, you can use it to overcome the temptation to sin, just like Jesus did.
Method 2 of 2:
Strengthening Yourself Against Spiritual Attacks
Read Ephesians 6:10-20 to remind yourself of the armor when times are difficult. While you should make it a habit to read the Bible each day, if you find yourself suddenly struggling with difficult circumstances or unusual feelings of discouragement, it could be a sign that you’re facing a spiritual attack. When that happens, try reading the entire passage where Paul describes the whole armor of God. It may give you the encouragement you need to stand strong and regain your peace.
The passage opens with: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10)
Put on the armor of God each day in anticipation of spiritual attacks. In order to stand strong against any kind of attack, it helps to know that it’s coming. If you’re living a Christian life and spreading the word of the Gospel, the Bible says that you will be a target for Satan, who “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). By remaining vigilant in your faith and putting on the armor of God each day, you will be able to use the armor of God to stand firm against evil.
Ephesians 6:12 explains that believers are part of a spiritual war: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Pray without ceasing. Although prayer isn’t listed as one of the pieces of the armor of God, at the end of that same passage, Paul says: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 6:18) By maintaining a constant prayerful attitude, you’ll be better equipped to handle any temptations, doubts, or other spiritual attacks you encounter.
If you’re struggling with how to pray, try a simple prayer where you express your gratitude to God for all He’s done for you, ask Him to forgive you for your sins and help you avoid temptation, and pray for Him to strengthen your faith and wisdom.
Spend time in worship and fellowship with other believers. If you want to strengthen yourself against the temptation to sin, it helps to spend time around other people who are focused on the Lord as well. Find a church that you feel follows the Bible closely, then attend worship services and opportunities to spend time around other children of God.
Not only will this strengthen your faith, but it will give you a community to fall back on when you’re struggling.
If there’s an area of sin that you struggle with, ask for guidance from godly leaders in your church.
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