Friday, September 29, 2006

ARMOR OF GOD


What does the bible tell us about the armor of God?

Ephesians 6:10-20
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

When you look at Verse 10, it tells us to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. We know how powerful our Savior is and we can rest in that.

Verse 11 tells us to cloth ourselves in the whole armor of God so that we can stand against these principalities!

When you look at Verse 12, it clearly tells me that we are in a spiritual battle with the devil. The Lord has equipped us to fight the battle against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. He has given us the aromor of God. He has given us the full armor of God to battle against these forces and to defeat them in our daily walk here in the foreign world.

Verse 13 tells us that we need the full armor on to protect ourselves against these evils.

Verse 14 tells us to stand therefore, having your loins grit about with truth, and having the breastplate of righteouness; Jesus said to His enemies "Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." Saints are to Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thself, and them that hear thee (Timothy 4;16) Verse 14 also speaks of putting on the breast plate of righteouness. A breastplate shields a Warrior from death, it protects the critical organs. All a saint has to do is cry out to God and He is there. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry" Psalm 34:15. The righteous cry, and the Lord hearth, and delivereth them out of their troubles. Is that amazing we have the Lord as our Breastplate shield, He promise us to shield us and protect us, He is always a cry away. Psalm 5:12 5:12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as [with] a shield. Praise God!

Verse 15 speaks about how our feet shod with preparation of the gospel in peace. I think what God is telling us to walk with care, satan will do everything to put obstacles in our way and we need to walk carefully bringing the gospel of grace to a dying world.

Verse 16 tells us the shield of faith is that satan can not attack us if we keep in the faith. Trust the Lord in all things.

Verse 17 tells us to keep our minds protected and focused on why we are here. The spirit of sword speaks of the word of God. It is a great spiritual weapon. You can not fight truth! The word of God is all powerful, all Holy!

Verse 18 speaks of Praying always with all the supplication in the Spirit, which is the word of God. Prayer is such a powerful part of the armor, prayer is an intimate time between the Lord and His Saints. He hears are needs, our pain, our joy. Pray at all times in the Spirit. This does not mean every second. But it does mean in all things. True prayer is asking God what He wants.

Verse 19 Pauls epistles tells us that prayer like most essentials are to help bring spiritual victory and maturity. Verse 19 says Whenever I open my mouth, words may be given to me . Here Pauls utter dependance is in Christ, in the sovereign God who called Him as He called all of us.

Verse 20 tells us to be bold and proclain the Gospel . I think prayer is one of the strongest tools because we are putting our faith in God in the battle. We are relying on the word of God when it says the battle has been won.

Truly, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us; for we can give thanks before the fight is done. Yes, even in the thickest of the battle we can look up to Christ, and cry—Thanks to God! The moment a soul groaning under corruption rests the eye on the Lord Jesus, that moment his groans are changed into songs of praise. In Christ you discover a fountain to wash away the guilt of all your sins. In Christ you discover grace sufficient for you—grace to hold you up to the end—and a sure promise that sin shall soon be rooted out altogether. "Fear not, I have redeemed thee. I have called thee by My name; thou are Mine." Ah, this turns our groans into songs of praise. How often a Psalm begins with groans, and ends with praises! This is the daily experience of all the Lord's people. Is it yours? Try yourselves by this. If you know not the believer's song of praise, you will never cast your crowns with them at the feet of the Lamb. Dear believers, be content to glory in your infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon you.

Cristina



2 comments:

bluecollar said...

Wonderful post on the armor of God, Cristina. Thank you for this work, and the time that you put into it.

Mark

Baptist Girl said...

Thank you Mark.

Cristina