Friday, April 22, 2016

Armor part 1

Armor of GOD:


Ephesians 6:10-18New King James Version (NKJV)

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, [a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 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, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Now let’s break it down some.  Using a Bible Study from Biblestudy.org

Several scriptures make reference to the armor of God including 2Corinthians 10:4 - 5, Romans 13:12 and also 1Thessalonians 5:5.

"Finally, my brethren, be strong (strengthen yourselves in the Bible) in the Lord and in the power of His might (the true armor of God, the strength for those who take it to themselves.)" (Ephesians 6:10)
 
“We are to take in the entire Bible. We are to live by His every word and replace our way of living by His way "so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11).”

“When we wrap our minds and our thinking in his word, God through His Spirit leads us and protects us from the trickery of the devil. Satan never gives up trying to attack and deceive the saints. He is a "spiritual power of wickedness in high places" (verse 12).”

Our warring is with those wicked spirits, demons and Satan, whose sole purpose is to find weaknesses in us, exploit them, and have us not gain salvation. It is they, through influencing the governments of this world and humans that are not converted, who are the true rulers of our age (verse 12).

We are to study the Bible and make it a part of our daily living, for from it we derive the strength of our armor. The Scriptures within us gives us the ability to "stand" or overcome what comes our way (verse 14).

 FREE mobile background at Lifeway Women | Armor of God Study: See, when we break these verses down into smaller verses, bite size pieces we can totally understand the meanings and why it is so very important for us to keep our armor on.
The warring has many levels and many devils.  Let’s look at this, 

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, [a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Each of these have a purpose and a meaning.  Principalities are over areas.  Powers are over countries, Wickedness in heavenly places are demons in the area you are in. 
Priscilla Shirer tells us in her Bible Study on the Armor of God these things in her introduction. “All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny.

But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.
The enemy always fails miserably when he meets us dressed for the occasion. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer's inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory.”

She also goes on to say this about that!

Sizing Up The Enemy
Everything that occurs in the visible, physical world is directly connected to the wrestling match being waged in the invisible, spiritual world. We often give the Enemy too much credit for being impossible to defend or defeat. Prayer is the divinely authorized method that activates our spiritual armor and makes it effective.

The Belt of Truth
The belt of truth is your core support. It provides the essential backing you need when you're in the midst of spiritual war. When you're standing firm on the truth of God as revealed in His Word - when His truth is at the core of your existence - strength flows into every other area of your life.

The Breastplate of Righteousness
Roman soldiers wore the breastplate to protect the upper body and especially the heart. Wearing the breastplate could mean the difference between life and death. What the breastplate did for the Roman soldier's physical heart, righteousness does for your spiritual heart.

The Shoes of Peace
Of all the things the enemy seeks to steal, kill, and destroy in your life, peace is almost always at or near the top of his list. Anywhere peace is lacking, the enemy is at work. We can’t always control the kind of ground were forced to march across. But we can still move forward when our feet are fitted with the preparation of the gospel of peace.

The Shield of Faith
Faith is one of the most overused and yet underutilized expressions in Christian circles. However, talking about faith is not the same as having it. Faith is an action. By definition, faith is not talking about or thinking about or even celebrating Gods truth. It is the process of adapting your behavior, your decisions, and ultimately your whole lifestyle so it accords with what has asked you to do-without needing to see the evidence that it will all work out in the end.

The Helmet of Salvation
The salvation experience is often reduced to something that only affects a person's eternal destiny. However, salvation is meant to come with more than future benefits. Salvation is not just a past event; it is also a present reality. The fact that Jesus lives means our salvation flows into the everyday experiences where we live.

The Sword of the Spirit
Ephesians 6:17 is clear - the sword of the Spirit is the word of God. As the believer puts on the full armor of God it includes this weapon that may be used for defense or offense against the schemes and lies of the Enemy. God's Word is an indispensable weapon for life.

She goes on to say

In this study of Ephesians 6:10-18 we see our adversary the devil and his schemes.  Let’s look deeper and use Priscilla Shriver’s words for what he does in our lives.  

“Our enemy celebrates lethargic Christian living.  When we’re giving up our relationships, disregarding the purity of reputations, yielding to our appetites without putting up much, if any, of a fight, he can basically go unchecked. Wreak havoc in the lives of God’s people. Ultimately he can hamstring the church from achieving the purposes of God.  Our indolence and disinterest work to his great advantage, practically rolling out the red carpet for his entrance into the unlocked doors of our indifference and despondency.  He’s hardly going to pass up an opening like that.

That’s why he works so hard to beat you down with discouragement.  Rag you into discontentment.  Lie to you about who God is, causing you to doubt the Lord’s all-good intentions toward you.  Hammer you with accusations that place a burden of shame and guilt on your shoulders too heavy to carry.  Trick you into thinking your situation will never change, and that God doesn’t hear you or care about you when you call out His Name.  Soon your fire of passion starts to burn low.  You grow lackluster.  Disinterested. Low in Spiritual fiber.  Your spiritual armor goes unworn and unused. 

Now you are exactly where the enemy wants you-where you no longer want to fight for the peace and passion of your marriage, where you no longer believe your child can be restored, where you no longer hope for healing in your body, where you no longer see any path to freedom from your addictions, where you just don’t see the purpose of praying anymore… So you don’t.  You don’t ask or seek, or knock.  You don’t take advantage of your heavenly places position and the benefits package that comes from having “every spiritual blessing” in the universe handed to you as an inheritance.

Maybe you kind of don’t care anymore.  You’re not even sure you want to. But through prayer, you can get your want back.
 
 
Why do you think these are important to know?

They are important because when we really are becoming deeper Christ followers, these demons will come after you.  If you are walking in the Word and your life is walking like Jesus.  I am not here to scare you, I want you to know Jesus, really know him. I want you to breathe in Jesus and breathe out the stress of life.  I want you to wear this armor proud and loud and ready for any and every battle the devil brings on.  In this knowing Him, the devil will try to keep you away from Him.  We will be taking apart the armor more so and see why exactly it’s the way it is.

Another teaching from Biblestudy.org.

“These are critical parts of our spiritual armor. We are, by obeying these verses, wrapping ourselves in the power and strength of God. The loins in a human are the region of the hips, groin, and lower abdomen. As such, a very delicate part of the human anatomy and one if left unprotected and injured, can lead to serious consequences. Paul says here to gird (fasten with a belt or band) this part with truth. However, what is truth? Jesus, when praying for the disciples, said that Scripture was truth (John 17:17).

The Bible represents the ultimate truth. If one is not living by it, then his or her life is incomplete and worldly. Living by the truth of God’s word on a daily basis will protect us from great spiritual injury which could lead to spiritual death (verse 15).

As with the loins, if the feet or ankles of a soldier do not have armor and injured, he is at a great disadvantage because he cannot keep up with the rest of the army. The same is true with the way that a Christian walks. Is one constantly stepping on other's toes, thus creating strife? On the other hand, does that person create peace by what they say and how they walk?

Besides all these, take up the shield of the faith, with which you will have the power to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (verse 16).

As with a breastplate, the shield of a soldier is part of his armor used to ward off swords, spears, and arrows. Without the faith of Jesus Christ, a Christian will not have a shield to ward off the attacks of Satan and his demons. When we shield ourselves with righteousness, there is no evil spirit, not even Satan himself, that can touch us. There is no greater protection.

And put on the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit . . . (verse 17)

As with the loins, the head is also an area that can suffer from a serious injury. Being that the skull protects the brain, it is quite vulnerable to injury in certain situations. A helmet will protect the skull and brain from injury. In like manner, once the Father calls someone to salvation, that person must put on this spiritual helmet of faith in order to maintain his or her calling.

The sword of the Spirit, the only offensive part of the armor of God, is His word. It is man's instruction book designed to teach him how to live his life on earth. Without the Bible in our daily life we have no weapons which to fight lies, deceptions and the devil.”

Now that we have read that, what is missing in our armor? 

Let’s read this together out loud as we go Bible digging.  This isn’t just for kids, it’s for us too.  We have about 5 verses if not a few more to look up.

Let’s go to Psalm 2 and what does it say?

Our helmet can protect us from Confusion and Foolishness-Turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding.  The way of a fool seems right to him but a wise man listens to advise. Psalm 2

It also can protect us from Slander and Gossip.  How many times do we listen to what others say about someone else?  Or cut someone down? 

Let’s see what the Word says about that.

Let’s turn to Ephesians 4:29. 

It can also protect us from deception.  Colossians 2:8

It can also protect us from Lust and Fornication.  1 Thessalonian 4:3-5

Lastly for today’s look. It is protection from Perversion Psalm 119:37.

In all our looks at the armor, we are missing something major.  Why do you think that is?  And what is it?

I found this saying and I really like it.  It’s from Ray Stedman: “No Christian has the right to a private life.  Our lives are to be lived openly before all men, transparent, a spectacle unto all the world.  We have no private lives and we must not expect to have.  This is basically and fundamentally wrong.  Christians are to be demonstrations of the truth.”

Many times, we remember to run to the Lord, but we have to keep our guard up so the enemy’s attacks are lessened by our weakness.  One song that comes to my mind is “Be Careful little eyes what you see, be careful little ears what you hear, for the father up above is looking down in love, be careful little self what you do.”

What struggles do you have?  If not these what about self-talk?  What about your view of yourself?  How do you view yourself? 

For me, I am not always so great to myself, I have had to pray off a lot of stuff to keep me above the ruts in the road. 

Scripture tells us that our enemy, the devil, is filled with great wrath, it says so in Revelations 12:12.  He knows that his time is short. 

Have you ever felt like you are just ready for battle?  Or are you battle weary?  Dealing with your own life and it’s sometimes just tiring.  Well, as we go through this lesson for the next 3 weeks, we are going to gird up and watch our spirit soar through and take on what we have been walking/running away from. 

How many of you are filled with the Holy Spirit? 

So, today we talked about the things of our head and our mouth at the beginning. 

Let’s go over that again so we have it well within…

Our helmet can protect us from Confusion and Foolishness-Turn your ear to wisdom and apply your heart to understanding.  The way of a fool seems right to him but a wise man listens to advise. Psalm 2

It also can protect us from Slander and Gossip.  How many times do we listen to what others say about someone else?  Or cut someone down? 

Let’s see what the Word says about that.

Let’s turn to Ephesians 4:29. 

It can also protect us from deception.  Colossians 2:8

It can also protect us from Lust and Fornication.  1 Thessalonian 4:3-5

Lastly for today’s look. It is protection from Perversion Psalm 119:37.

If you are not filled with the Holy Spirit, would you be willing to pray and receive the Holy Spirit and allow him to be your comforter and your prayer language to the Lord?  Let’s pray this prayer together…

My Heavenly Father,
I am a believer. I am your child and you are my Father, Jesus is my Lord. I believe with all my heart your word is true.

Your Word says that if I will ask I will receive the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord, I am asking you to fill me to overflowing with your precious Holy Spirit. Jesus Baptize me in the Holy Spirit, Because of Your Word, I believe that I now receive and I thank you for it. I believe that the Holy Spirit is within me and by Faith I accept it.
Now Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise my God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance.


Thank God and Praise him for Baptizing you in the Holy Spirit.

 

From this Moment on you are a Spirit Filled Baptized Believer.

God your word says in Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Why do you think it is important for us to know who the Holy Spirit is?  Do you think he comes in automatically when you are baptized or saved?  I think a bit of it comes but because we should be saved and baptized at the same time, I believe we need to also be baptized in the Holy Spirit as well. 

I believe this is part of the armor we need.  Because we need to have the Sword of the Spirit, this is so important to keep our battle gear safe. 

At this time, we are going to be praying for some specifics to see what God desires from us. 

 
How many of you have learned something new? 

How many of you are ready to go with your armor shined up and ready now? 

Next time we will continue on the Suit of Armor; the last two classes we will talk about the Sword.
 
Spiritual Warfare:
 
 
What you have just read is my first class.  I will post my second one soon.
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