The Armor of God for Christian Women

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  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. 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.  

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. –

Ephesians 6:10-18


An image of silver armor with an overlay of text that says, "The Armor of God for Christian Women: What the bible says and how to put it on"

If you have been a Christian for nearly any length of time, you have undoubtedly heard of or read in the Bible about “putting on the full armor of God’  While I’ve posted the scripture, Ephesians 6:10-18), let’s unpack it and explore each facet of the armor and what it means to us as Christian women.

  • The Belt of Truth
  • The Breastplate of Righteousness
  • The Gospel (Shoes) of Peace
  • The Shield of Faith
  • The Helmet of Salvation
  • And the Sword of the Spirit

One of the most important discoveries I’ve made about being a Christian is that sometimes life is warfare. The Bible reveals that we have spiritual enemies determined to steal our joy, our witness, and deceive us with lies. We may not have encountered terrorists, but we all have war stories:

  • The recent pandemic and resulting economic downturn may have forced you to fight financial battles like never before.
  • Perhaps you struggle with emotional battles such as anxiety or depression.
  • Maybe you are in the midst of a physical battle: your health isn’t good, you are in constant pain, or have had a bad diagnosis.
  • Many of us face relationship battles: your kids are rebelling, your husband isn’t a believer, or your friends aren’t acting like friends.
  • It could be you are one who endures persecution battles because of your faith – your co-workers treat you like you’re from another planet. Your parents have never understood this whole religion thing.

The older I get the more I come to understand that part of the Master’s plan for believers is to be on the battlefield. Paul the apostle understood this, too. 

If you are a living, breathing human, (and I can be pretty certain that you are if you are reading this post!), you are going to experience spiritual warfare and face the evil one at times during your life. Satan makes it his business to try to thwart us from living our lives for God. He wants nothing more than to hinder us from fulfilling God’s plan for our lives.

We may face financial struggles or health crisis. We may lose our jobs (or our spouse’s job). We may face relationship battles – a child who has turned their back on their faith or marriage difficulties. The list is endless, really. BUT…

Our battles may seem earthly, but they are actually supernatural. We often look at our circumstances (finances, our health) or people (co-workers, children, our husband) like they’re the enemy. They’re not the enemy. Paul told us our enemy is Satan and he’s waging an unseen war against us. He commands the army of principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this age, and the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

John MacArthur said, Paul here reminds his readers that the Christians struggle is not only against Satan himself but also against a host of his demon subordinates, a vast array of adversaries who, like the devil, are not flesh and blood. Our greatest enemy is not the world we see, corrupt and wicked as it is, but the world we cannot see.

Since our battles are not earthly, we can’t possibly fight the devil and his minions in our own strength.

Here’s the great thing about that, not only has God outlined a plan for our lives, but He has given us the tools to achieve them and to stop Satan in his nasty tracks.

So, what are those tools? The tools are found in the armor of God as described in Ephesians 6.

When we put on the full armor of God, we are ready for battle and can stand against any foe that tries to stand in our way from achieving God’s will for us.

Let’s look at each of these battle garments and see how we are to put them on each day.

The Armor of God for Christian Women


Armor of God – Put on the Belt of Truth

This is the integrity of the believer. In biblical times, a soldier wore a leather girdle or belt (ouch!)  He wore it around his waist to protect his, ahem, “personal gear” and to carry his weapons including his sword. The belt was also used to hold his tunic in place. In Christian armor, it is our integrity that holds us, our faith and everything else together. Without integrity in all you do (the big things AND the little things), you will lose your battle against evil.

If you go to church every time the door opens, but don’t treat others with love and respect, are you living a life of integrity? If you extend your hands to the needy, but lie when you open your mouth, is that living with integrity? Speak in truth and use the Bible as your compass.

Armor of God – Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness 

This is the purity and righteousness of the Christian. The breastplate of a solder was used to cover his heart and other vital organs. For the Christian soldier, the breastplate of righteousness is used to protect our purity and our righteousness.

Satan wants you to be impure. He delights in tempting you with the immorality of the word – inappropriate magazines, movies and websites. Songs with filthy lyrics. Daydreams and fantasies of things and people that are distasteful to God. The evil one is looking for chinks in your armor. He is trying to find a way through your breastplate to your heart and mind. He wants to tempt you away from God through unclean thoughts and deeds. Be alert! Do not let the enemy in!

Furthermore, He wants you to boast and be prideful. So you go to church three times a week, work on a dozen ministries and donate to the poor. Guess what? The glory is God’s, not yours. Boast about God, not about how wonderful you are. God created you. He knows how wonderful His work is.

Putting on this piece of God’s armor guards your heart from pride and any other arrow of sin. When you put on the breastplate of righteousness, you are sending a message to the devil “My God is bigger and mightier than you or anything that you put before me!”.

Armor of God – Put on the Gospel of Peace (Shoes of Peace) 

This the peace in the believers heart and mind. A soldier in Paul’s time would wear shoes with hobnails (much like the metal spikes on football cleats). The hobnails would prevent them from slipping and would give them surefooting when marching or fighting.

God gives us peace through Him and in Him. Satan wants to upend your peace and trample your tranquility. He does this by putting doubts in your mind or discouraging you. He also tries to throw obstacles in your way. If you find stones or boulders in your way, causing you to lose footing in your walk with God, you know they were thrown by the devil to to cause you to stumble. Kick those stones out of your way with confidence knowing that you have “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

Philippians 4:7

Armor of God – Put on the Shield of Faith 

This is self-explanatory. This is our Faith in our Creator. The shield of the Roman soldier was rather large, approximately two feet by four feet and was made with wood then covered with leather. During battle, soldiers dipped arrows in oil, lit them on fire and shot them at the enemy troops. These large shields were what kept them from being burned by the lighted arrows or having their hearts pierced.

You can guarantee that Satan is going to fire arrows of flame at you. Those arrows may be temptation, hurdles, feelings of doubt or discouragement, hurt, betrayal, etc. Putting on your shield of faith, and being ready for what he throws at you will protect you from any flaming arrows.

Raise up your shield to protect your heart. Faith is knowing that God is with you in every battle or war and having faith can move mountains.

Matthew 17:20
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

An image of a person standing on a mountain looking out with the quote, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” from Matthew 17:20

Your shield of faith shows that you trust God no matter what the enemy throws your way. Ephesians 6:16 says, “In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.” 

Armor of God – Put on the Helmet of Salvation 

The helmet of salvation is to guard your mind. The Roman soldier wore a sturdy helmet to protect his head. He know that if his head became wounded, he wouldn’t be able to think or strategize or, worse, yet, to live, if it were a mortal wound. As Christian women, we are to guard our minds and have the minds of Christ.

As mentioned above, the enemy is going to try to do all he can to put unclean thoughts in your head, doubts, fears and other attacks of the mind. Surround yourself with words and pictures that are pleasing to God (worship music, Christian friends, your Bible). As soon as a thought that is unholy comes to mind, stop! Recognize that it is Satan and put on your helmet of Salvation.

You were saved by Christ’s blood. Declare that to Satan and tell him to get out of your head! In Proverbs 15:14, we read, “A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.” 


Armor of God – Pull Out the Sword of the Spirit 

The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God! When we are hurting, doubting, afraid, tempted, the most effective weapon in our toolbox is the Word of God. He gave us the Holy Bible to use as an instruction manual for life, but also to use to fight sin and to find encouragement.

When life has thrown you a curveball (physically, financially, emotionally), read God’s Word. Memorize it, Write it in a journal, pray over it. Use the Word of God to fight off any lies or attacks from the devil.

The Armor of God for Christian Women

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

An image of a sword resting on-top of an open bible with the quote, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." from Hebrews 4:12 next to it

We have the full armor of God already hanging in our closet if we are a believer. Each morning, when you dress, visualize putting on each of the pieces of the armor of God. It will set your day off right and remind you that God has given you the weapons to fight off any attacks from the enemy!

We’re in the army now! Thankfully, we have a wonderful Commander-in-Chief who has provided us with His heavenly weapons of war so that we can have spiritual strength to stand and fight back against Satan’s attacks!

I loved the Bible study on the Armor of God by Priscilla Schirer. If you’ve done it, I’d love to hear your experience. I’ve also included some other great resources on the full armor of God that you may enjoy as well as visual reminders to remember to put on the full armor of God each day!

Or listen to them on Audible Plus with a free trial!

I’m praying for you, my friends!

Because of Him,


For three ways to stay faithful no matter what, see this previous post.

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  1. Loved this post, thank you for writing it, I try to pray this every morning but now I have a deeper understanding of what I am putting on to start my day.

    1. I’m so glad! The armor of God is what we need, as Christians, to be strong in our faith. It takes daily practice, but God is with us. Thank you for stopping by!

      1. Good morning great information it has opened my eyes as to how to put on my armor and to use it blessings

  2. Thanks. I am enlightened on the full armor. I will keep on reading your posts. Shalom. I am from Kenya in Africa. You can visit me. You are welcome.

      1. Thank you for such a great Ministry. I’m based in South Africa , East London. God directed me to this site for a specific purpose .
        Iam now more enlightened about the Armor of God and more of the redeeming Power by His Grace , enabling me as a mom Gran and a wife to pray deeply in the Spirit asking God to shine His Glorious Light on me, my husband , our elderly children facing long-term unemployment challenges,our son- in law and one daughter the only one of our 3 children whom God blessed with employment.

        I Pray daily on all of them for the protective Armor of God and for me as a mother to stand firm consistently after I have put on the armor of God . Ephesians 6: 10-18 has now been a holy mantra to me every morning !
        Thank you for explaining more to us about the armor of God , to me this is the greatest revelation today of who Christ is in my life and the life of my family. God Bless

  3. I’ve done Priscilla’s Armor of God study and L.O.V.E.D. it!!! I still refer to it periodically and recommend it to women seeking a new study. I work for LifeWay as an assistant manager and have the privilege of ministering to believers and nonbelievers.

  4. I’ve read so much about the armor of God but never seen it specifically for women, I loved it and saved it to refer to it again and again until it is ingrained. Thank you. I would love to do the Bible study.

  5. Sue, thank you so much for this! I pray this every morning. You have given me so much more depth to it…again, thanks!

    I did Priscilla’s Armor of God study 2+ years ago, done many others before and since and still consider it the best. She is so good but really brought the pieces of armor and their meanings home to me. You will love it.

    Just happened upon this via Pinterest and feel blessed to have ‘met’ you.

  6. I did Priscilla Schirer’s Full Armor of God study a few years ago and still refer to it a LOT. It was the most powerful study of hers I have done to date. And I have done quit a few 😉 With each battle in life I find myself digging for more of the answers hidden in His word and love the fact that each time I read the scriptures (the same ones) over I am able to glean different things from them. Now THAT’S the power of Gods Word! I throughouly enjoyed reading your article on the Full Armor, as well. I pray that it touches many more lives the way it has mine. I love when I find reminders that God is our Armor. Isaiah 59 :16-19 reminds us that it was His Armor that first rescued us.
    God Bless and may your wonderful writings continue to bless others,

    1. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post on the Armor of God! I, too, went through Priscilla’s Schirer’s book and loved it. I continues to have an impact on me – especially when I need a reminder when going through a battle. Thank you for stopping by and sharing. I truly appreciate it. God bless.

  7. Thank you for sharing this important teaching with us. As I’ve thought about the armor of God and what it means to put it on, it seems to me that it’s the Lord Jesus Christ. We are told to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” in Scripture. After all, He is our salvation. It is His righteousness that we wear as a breastplate. As for the belt of truth, He is the “Way, the Truth and the Life”. Our feet are shod with the Gospel of peace–He Himself is our peace, and the Gospel is the Good News of Jesus Christ. We take up the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God–and Jesus is the Living Word. Our shield of faith is faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross.

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      1. I love the and to on the armor of Our of precious lord God! I don’t if I didn’t do it right. I’m not wanning to be a victim but my reply wasn’t answer I’m Letty ! But as the helmet of protection against the devil. I put on leave it on with all this menopause causing me to think y’all won’t reply and I’m always getting left out plz pray keep me in y’all prayers in Jesus Name amen

          1. You are so welcome! And, yes, when we put on the armor of God, we have that protection from the evil one! With His Word, we have all we need. I am praying for you, sister! Thank you for stopping by!

  9. Thank you so much for all you have written about. Praise God Sunday I will be starting a class at my Living Faith Church, The armor of God. I have been waiting for this class.Experiencing God was amazing I think everyone who takes it will be given the gift. God Bless You Sister

  10. Hi Sue
    When I teach my daughters the armor of God, I always include Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV). It’s really important to me that we clothe ourselves on the “inside” as well.
    Thank you for your post.

  11. Thank you so much for this post! I understand much more now what it means to put on the armor of God.
    God Bless you.

  12. Thank you this was so powerful. Now i know how it is to put on the full armor of God. Keep on posting more.

  13. Thank you for this amazing, powerful teaching. God continue to bless you with wisdom to keep His Word alive in us. Glory…

  14. Shalom Sister
    Thank you for this teaching it was a reminder to me God bless you and keep you may He continue to use you to bless many hearts.

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