Friday, December 9, 2011

The Whole Armor of God
Ephesians 6:10-17
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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.  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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Since we are fighting in the spiritual world, we need special equipment to fight with both  offensively and defensively. God, through His matchless wisdom, has provided for us the “whole armor of God” and we would be foolish if we were to omit any part of it. If Satan sees any area that is not guarded by this great armor, he can gain a foot hold or finds “place” in our lives. Neither give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27). In other words, don’t give the devil an opportunity to wreak havoc in your life.
The Shield of Faith ~ protects the entire body and is the faith we call, Trust in God. The continual trusting in God’s Word and promises in addition to the protection He gives from every temptation and sin, is the “shield of faith.” This is not saving faith but a living faith, a trust in the mighty power of God and the covenant God has made with us. Satan will no doubt shoot his “fiery darts” at our hearts to try to cause, hateful thoughts, wrong feelings about ourselves and others, doubts and burning desires for sin. We must by faith, quench the “fiery darts” of Satan or they will begin a burning desire to sin in disobedience to God. Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him (Proverbs 30:5).
The Helmet of Salvation ~ the helmet protects the head, a major target in true combat. Satan wants to attack the mind of a person and defeat them there first, just like he did Eve in the Garden of Eden. Satan defeated Eve in her mind with a lie first and then she disobeyed and ate of the fruit that was forbidden her. The helmet is the protection God gives to every believer, a mind controlled by God. When God controls the mind, the devil cannot lead the believer astray. The mind that is protected by the Word of God and the studying of the Word of God will not be lead amiss so easily.
The Sword of the Spirit ~ a soldiers only offensive weapon. The Word of God is the only weapon that is needed to defeat Satan and is infinitely more powerful than any thing Satan can use against us. The Word of God is used offensively and defensively to resist and defend oneself against Satan’s attacks. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). A physical sword becomes dull after much use, but the Word of God is only made sharper in our lives the more we use it. The Sword of the Spirit is living and powerful. The better you know and experience the power of the Word of God, the more equipped you’ll become to detect the lies of Satan.
Thought: In these last two weeks, we have talked about putting on the “whole armor of God,”  a picture of Jesus Christ. We received the full armor of God when we trusted Christ as our Savior. We know that He is “Truth” according to (John 14:6), and He is our righteousness in (2 Corinthians 5:21), and of course, He is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). The first three pieces of armor is our position in Christ that we put on at salvation. We must daily appropriate the other parts of the armor and use them as a powerful advantage against the cunning devices of our enemy. We are never without the “fiery darts” of Satan and we should never be without the “whole armor of God” to oppose and resist him with.
~ Realize Who God Is...Recognize the Enemy...Rely on God’s Provision ~

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