Satan attacks us when we evangelize, because we are on the front lines and everything we do opposes his kingdom. Ephesians 6 encourages believers to prepare for battle, so that we are able to stand when the fight begins and to remain standing when the fight concludes. 

Spiritual preparation

 Reference 

 Benefit to Soldier

Significance to Evangelism

Gird your waist with truth 

 6:14

A belt gave freedom of movement and kept the rest of the armor in place.

 

This refers not only to knowing the truth but putting it into practice. A life of truth adds credibility to our words as we share the gospel with unbelievers.

Breastplate of Righteousness  6:14

 

It covered the body from the neck to the waist protecting the soldier's vital organs.

 

Uprightness of character guards against the attacks of the devil and gives us confidence as we point others to Christ.

Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace  6:15 Studded sandals provided sure footing during battle.

 

This peace comes from a firm foundation in the Lord. His gospel provides comfort and assurance as we engage in evangelism.

 Shield of faith  6:16

 

A wooden shield covered in leather and doused in water was able to absorb and extinguish flaming arrows.

 
 Dependence and trust in the Lord are key elements as we share the gospel. As we abide in Him, He empowers us to withstand enemy assault.
 Helmet of salvation
 6:17

 

The helmet protected the head, providing a sense of security in the midst of battle.


The finished work of Christ is our basis of security and confidence in evangelism. Satan can never wound our eternal destiny.
Sword of the Spirit  6:17 The sword is the only piece of offensive armor.
 The Word of God repels Satan as well as opens the eyes of unbelievers to the truth of the gospel.
 
 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit
 6:18
 It was important for a soldier to be in constant communication with the commanding officer, and mindful of fellow soldiers.

 

We should be in continual communication with the Lord as we evangelize, praying for opportunities, safety, and boldness. We also need to pray for our fellow laborers.