"For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke."
(Isaiah 59:17 KJV)
As we put on the last two parts of our armor, we need to remember that our conflict with Satan is spiritual which means we protect ourselves every day with this armor from Our Awesome God. But know what each piece of protection is for and use it.
5) Helmet of Salvation---protects the mind, which is the battleground of salvation, from the fiery darts of Satan. This helmet protects your mind from the doubts and lies (fiery darts) that Satan will give you to make you wonder if you are saved and Our Awesome God's child. Know your Holy Bible to stengthen the helmet!
6) The Sword of the Spirit---is the Word of Our Awesome God that comes out of your mouth with power and authority when you have the Holy Spirit in you and you know God's Word. The sword of the Spirit -- the sword is the Word of God, your weapon against Satan. But in order to use your weapon well, you have to practice with it. A soldier never wants to go into battle with an unfamiliar weapon or without practicing.
Ephesians 6:12, written by Our Awesome God, clearly indicates that the conflict with Satan is spiritual, and therefore no tangible weapons can be effectively employed against him and his minions. We are not given a list of specific tactics Satan will use. However, the passage is quite clear that, when we follow all the instructions faithfully, we will be able to stand, and we will have victory regardless of Satan’s strategy. The good news is that none of these six pieces of the Full Armor of God require power on our part. Jesus Christ has already won our victory through his sacrificial death on the cross. We only have to put on the effective armor he has given us.
You now have the full armor of Our Awesome God who has already won against Satan. But you need to stand firm in your love and faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Don't doubt when confronted by others disbelief, you have the more than adequate Armor of Our Awesome God. You know He is right! Fight for what?
Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a program for children called AWANA that lasts until 7:30 PM. We have an Prayer Meeting that meets at 7:00 PM On Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."
(Ephesians 6:16 KJV)
"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."
(Galatians 5:16 KJV)
The Armor of Our Awesome God consists of not only the Belt of Truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness but also there are
3) Gospel Shoes---to help you walk, talk and proclaim the gospel and peace of Jesus Christ to all in your path. Paul says in Romans, "And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! " (Romans 10:15 KJV). Jesus sent us to spread the Gospel to all people in the world. Are we doing it to those near us as well as the foreigner? Those standing on the gospel will not react in the flesh. Instead, they will be moved by God's Spirit with a protected disregard for such "fleshly" considerations, being "readied" by the "shoes" of the "death, burial, and resurrection of Christ", which is the Gospel that brings peace.
Our Awesome God knows how to be sure His Words never return empty but instead make people realize there is a living God who loves and wants you to enjoy His Heaven with Him forever. So speak those Words about Jesus Christ and tell them about a risen savior who created everything.
4) Shield of Faith---to protect and secure you against the fiery darts of doubt, fear and unbelief used by Satan. Peter says, "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." (1 Peter 1:5 KJV). Our Shield of Faith keeps us from believing the people around us who try to make us doubt Our Awesome God as Satan did to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Keep your faith in God strong for the Spiritual Battles are increasing in intensity as the Return of Christ draws closer.
These are obviously not the usual objects put on for protection when fighting. But these are God's protection for you against Satan. God has already won. Now you, with God's help, need to overcome Satan and spread the news about Jesus Christ. You can with the Armor of God and Our Awesome God. So read your Bible, especially Ephesians 6:10-18, pray, attend church and read our website on 6/08/15 about #4 Whole Armor of God. May Our Awesome God bless you with even greater blessings!
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12 KJV). Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour and AWANA for children is held. And there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war."
(Proverbs 20:18 KJV)
"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."
(Ephesians 6:10-11 KJV)
When you put on the Armor of God, you need to understand how the armor will help to defend your against "the devil" (Satan). The armor that Our Awesome God provides is mentioned below and is used as follows;
1) Belt of Truth---to protect my mind and emotions that they will stand firm concerning the truth of Jesus Christ, "But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;" (Colossians 3:8-9). So you will not use your mouth to become as Satan is with his lies, deceitfulness, getting angry, saying malicious things and blasphemy. You need to listen to the advice of your Awesome God in His Holy Bible (Ephesians 6:11) and put on the Armor of God to keep your words true and your protection in place.
2) Breastplate of Righteousness---to protect the Christian's soul and will, Our Awesome God said to, "And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; ..." (Exodus 28:15). This should help with practicing discernment of what is right and wrong (Psalms 28:15) and again, protecting yourself with God's help from Satan's attacks on you.
As the Spiritual Attacks increase, you will need the whole Armor of God to withstand Satan as he realizes Our Awesome God is getting ready to send Jesus Christ back to earth (the Second Coming). Are you ready for Jesus' Return?
It is important that when Jesus Christ returns, we are ready to go with Him and not found wanting. We need to know and understand all we can about Our Awesome God and His purpose for us. We certainly don't want to be left here when Jesus comes, for He is the Bridegroom. So, put on the Belt of Truth to protect your mind and emotions that they will stand firm concerning the truth of Jesus Christ and the Breastplate of Righteousness to protect you. Tomorrow read #3 Arming Your Feet.
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service, then again at 6:00 PM for Bible Study with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study. First, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your creator and Savior.
" 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."
(Ephesians 6:11-13 KJV)
On May 28, 2015, in this column, we began a three part discussion of battles that are constantly being fought in the war between God and Satan. The prizes in this war are the souls of men. Christians are warriors of God on earth.
Our Awesome God does not leave His warriors defenseless. He has provided the protective equipment and the weapons we need for battle and He guarantees that they will be effective. Although often overlooked, Ephesians 6:11-13 contains the orders for Christian warriors to prepare to use the equipment before actively joining in the battles. Failure to do so will severely limit your individual effectiveness for God and you may become a casualty with no effect at all.
The armor is likened to that worn by a Roman soldier, even to being heavy and cumbersome. Our spiritual armor should serve us in the same way---protection from the "evil one" (Satan). Like the Roman soldier, you need to work in your armor and teach yourself to use it correctly to protect you from attack by Satan. Remember, it is important that you wear and use your spiritual armor because you are in full-time service to Jesus Christ if you are a Christian! You are in the Army of God! So when you get up in the morning PUT ON THAT SPIRITUAL ARMOR! Pray, asking Our Awesome God to put on each piece of the Armor as you go. The armor will help against Satan's lures and lies each day you put it on. Then put the armor on each member of your family using your prayers, because this is WAR, 24/7!
This is a continuing war between Our Awesome God and Satan that has spanned the life of earth itself (Isaiah 14:12-15), and will continue until events in Revelation have been accomplished. This war has already been won by Jesus Christ's death on the cross so Satan is trying to take as many souls as possible to hell with him. It is called a Spiritual Battle (Ephesians 6:12). Be sure you put on the WHOLE armor of God for protection, your conscious and unconscious being. Leave nothing of yourself open to attack but have all of you guarded with His armor.
Though you cannot see it, this war is a real battle of spirits and we can win the one on earth (see this column for May 29. 2015) with Our Awesome God's help against Satan and his demons (fallen angels who rebelled against God). Read your Holy Bible in Ephesians 6, pray and read #2 Arming Yourself, on our website for tomorrow, 6/06/15. If you are not a Christian, become one and win the war against Satan for your place in eternity! Heaven!
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study with a program for children called AWANA which goes to 7:30 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill