Put On The Armour Of God
It is written in Eph. 6:10-13
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.( The meaning of wiles is trickery,deceit and schemes.)
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.
So let us back up and break this verse down.There use to be a popular saying; "The devil made me do it" In a sense this statement is more true than one would realize. Both believers and non-believers are used at times to do the devil's work.Not giving a second thought to words that they speak are seeds. If it is a negative word that doesn't go inline with God's word then they have been used by the devil.He is the father of lies, he is the father of doubt, and unless we put on the whole armour of God for when trials, tribulations and situations arise we will lose the battle. Out of the abundance of a man's heart he speaks.Hopefully it will be faith words we sow. It is written in Mark 4:14 the sower sows the word. And....does the word not say we'll reap what we sow?
Let's go to the scriptures of the Armour of God and break down the meaning of each piece of God's armour that we can meditate and be armed with all of it's power given. It is written In Eph.6:13-18 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. (Withstand is resist)
The Belt Of Truth> Eph 6:14a Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
Truth keeps us from giving in to the world's beliefs . Compare your beliefs and actions with the Word Of God. Eph.6:14b ...and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
The breastplate of righteousness is is being honest, good, humble, and fair to others.It means standing up for weaker people.
Eph.6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
The Gospel of Peace-Have your feet prepared with the gospel of peace which is being right with God and being content in troubled times. Jesus said ; Blessed are the peacemakers.
The Shield of FAITH- Eph.6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (Remember in Heb.11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Also to call things that are not as though they were. Don't go by what you see...go what God's word says. No matter if you get up and symptoms are there, then call the devil a liar and speak : "By His Stripes I am Healed" Faith is being sure that God will keep His promises.Faith in God protects you when you are tempted to doubt.Without faith it is impossible to please God.
The Helmet Of Salvation- Eph.6:17a And take the helmet of salvation, Put the helmet of salvation on by believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again.This only can happen if we except Jesus Christ as our Savior and are born again.
Eph.6:17b...and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The Sword Of the Spirit is the word of God. God's word is our offensive weapon . When we tell others what the bible says,the Holy Spirit helps people to see their bad thoughts and actions and makes them want to be forgiven.
Eph.6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Last but not least praying always with all prayer and supplication.The meaning of prayer is communion with God.The meaning of supplication is an earnest prayer petition. God has given us so many gifts that are free just for the asking and trusting in Him. Salvation being our greatest gift,which is eternal life. The ability to pray wherever we are throughout the day and knowing that anything we ask for and doubt not in our hearts we shall receive. We must be careful as to who we line ourselves up with to be in agreement of prayer that they have the faith to not doubt. Believe to receive, as in Job decree and declare what you want and trust God to bring it to past. Remember delayed answer to prayer is not a denial of prayer. God works in His timing,
I was just gonna give 3:1 but I got carried away :-)
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
We all need to renew our minds and TRUST in God's word that it won't return void. With what our eyes see, we see a world in a mess but God is raising up a mighty army of believers of all ages and He is pouring out His Spirit. What an awesome God we serve.Jesus said; Greater things shall we do than Him with the helper of the Holy Spirit.We as believers have the power to change any and all circumstances through faith and prayers and the anointing if we will put the tools to work which is the Armour of God all wrapped up in a beautiful gift from our Heavenly Father that loves us as much as He loved His Son Jesus! This always makes me want to shout Hallelujah!!
It is written in Proverbs 23:12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
May God bless you One and All and thank-you for sharing in God's word with me .
Lovingly In Christ; Pastor Linda Begley