The only offensive weapon mentioned in Ephesians 6 is the sword. The belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, and helmet were not offensive; their purpose was defensive, to protect against the enemy. The sword was designed to defeat the enemy’s plan and rescue lives.
The “word of God” has several meanings—
The Gospel, the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the good news that Jesus came to save us and give us an abundant life, and life forever with the Lord who loves us. “… if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” Romans 10: 8- 9. The Bible. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, he used Bible verses to answer and the devil left him. Matthew 4: 1- 11 Some key verses to memorize when temptations come:
God will help you: See Isaiah 41: 10 God will always be with you: See Joshua 1: 9 Serve God only: See Matthew 4: 10 God helps us when we are tempted: See 1 Cor. 10: 13 (Armor of God)
To put on “the helmet of salvation” is to—
Have assurance that Jesus has saved you, not because of good deeds, but because of his mercy. 2 Timothy 1: 9 Know that every believer is a “new creation,” no longer living for selfish purposes but living for the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5: 17 Accept that you are in a battle and will be persecuted for believing in Christ. Keep the faith and you will be blessed. Matthew 5: 11, 12 Look forward to being delivered into eternal life. John 3: 16 Know that God will forgive his followers when they fall and ask for forgiveness. 1 John 1: 9 (Armor of God)