Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Spiritual Warfare: Practical Ways to Put on the Armor of God

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done ALL to stand.”  --Ephesians 6:13

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What is the apostle talking about, when he says to do “all?” What are believers instructed to do when confronted with evil spiritual attacks, which usually manifest themselves physically, either through adverse people or situations, or even illness or injury? Taken in context, when believers are told to do “all,” it is a reference to putting on the “whole” armor of God. This consists of ongoing action rather than simply completing a few tasks (such as mentally putting on a helmet or mentally picking up a sword). Putting on just part of God’s armor, will not win the day, and doing all, means not letting go, or giving up the faith, most especially when the battle seems to rage sorely against us.

We begin with fastening on the Truth. Pick it up. Belt it on tight. Own it. Jesus is the embodiment of TRUTH. He tells us that God’s WORD is Truth. He is the living WORD. And we have his personal admonition to be both hearers and doers of the Word, else we cannot stand. We have his personal example of how to hold fast to the Truth. Truth, is whatever God has to say about any given situation. And that always begins with the Written Word of God. The Bible says, that if anyone tries to sell us on any so-called spiritual truth, that has not already been written about in the scriptures, then there is no light in them! God will never violate [or disagree with] His own Word. When confronted with the devil, Jesus became our example in how to belt on the Truth. Notice how he carefully limited his engagement and conversation with the enemy to that of iterating and re-iterating, “It is written…”

What does the Word of God have to say about your situation? Regardless of what things look like, the Word of God is the TRUTH. Grab hold of it. Strap it on! Stand on it. Refuse to agree with anything else. Trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean NOT to our own limited and finite understanding.

After we learn what God has to say about our situation, and grab hold of the Truth about it, it is imperative that we add to that the Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS. Why? Because once the enemy knows that we know the TRUTH, he knows that he has already lost the battle, unless he can convince us that that we are undeserving of receiving God’s love, that we do not deserve to be recipients of the promises and Truth contained in His Word.

In a suit of armor, the breastplate guards the heart and other vital organs. We are commanded in the Bible to guard our heart (our spirit) with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. The Breastplate of Righteousness, guards the hearts of all believers with the knowledge that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We are hidden In Christ. Having our sins covered, means when God looks at us, he sees only the righteousness Jesus has clothed us with. We stand righteous before God, because of what Jesus did for us on the Cross, not because of anything we could do for ourselves. The Breastplate of Righteousness, protects us from believing the enemy’s lie that we are unworthy. Jesus has made us worthy.

Every soldier knows, that wherever they are, whatever they are doing, it is critical, that they take care of their feet. A soldier is seriously handicapped, without healthy feet. How do Christian soldiers take care of their feet?  

By always being prepared to share the good news about God’s good will toward men and the peace he made with humanity through the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son. That is how we shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Always be ready to share the hope that is in us.

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith we can extinguish all the flaming missiles of the wicked one. Faith will put out the fires. Faith will win the day. Faith has a tangible substance. It is the substance of things hoped for. If we have hope, that is the evidence that we know we have faith. Make sure it is rightly placed, securely anchored in Christ and in his Word. Then hold on tight! Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith works by love. In these two things all of the Law and all of the Prophets are briefly comprehended, Love Yahweh Elohiym, love the lord or God with all your heart soul and might, and love your neighbor as yourself.

And take the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Putting on the Armor of God, begins with His Word and ends with His Word. The Helmet of Salvation protects the mind. Our hearts need protection by the Breastplate of Righteousness, and our minds need protection by the headgear provided by God.

We put on God’s headgear, by protecting our minds and intellect with a healthy fear of the Lord. The Bible says, “With all our getting, get understanding.” We cannot do that without the fear of God. Jesus said, “Do not fear those who can destroy the body but cannot destroy the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both body and soul in hell.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.  Protection our intellect by first laying a secure foundation of godly fear and reverence for God’s written Word. It is part of the Armor of God.

The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. It is an amazing sword, capable of discerning between the soul and the spirit. Our only offensive weapon, against a powerful spiritual enemy [who can manifest tangibly in devastating ways]. The Sword of the Spirit, is the Word of God—faith in the Word of God. Stubbornly, stick with the Word, agree with nothing else.
And while we are fighting our battles, let us not forget to stand with our sisters and brothers in Christ as they fight theirs. Praying always, for ourselves for others.

And when we have done all, when we have put on every piece of God’s armor, when we have walked in it, fought with it… then stand in it. No matter what, do not back down from what God has to say about our situations. Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to God. Let His Word lead us in the way everlasting, by agreeing with our Creator, and whatever he has to say.

Be strong in HIS power, and in HIS might.

Jocelyn Andersen, is Founder and Pastor of Hungry Hearts Ministries. She ministers in preaching and teaching as well as in writing, and through her 24/7 Bible Talk Radio station, She is the author of several Christian books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn

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