September 17, 2010

The Armour Of God: Why We Need It And How To Use It Part 1

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:06 am by Lisa Ritchey

Please read my article The Flesh vs. The spirit  for understanding on the components and purpose of our flesh, body, soul, and spirit.  Afterward, this article will make much more sense. 
Ephesians 6:11 tells us to put on the whole armour of God.  But do you know why?  I am so very radically saved, love Jesus with a true passion, witness, teach, preach, and do true spiritual warfare.  We truly are very  literally at war, people!     
“What are we at war with, though?  And what kind of war is it?” 

“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”.  (Ephesians 6:12)   

“Demonic forces?  Demons and devils?  But I am a Christian.  The devil has no place in me!” you say.  Let’s see what the Bible has to say about it.  

 Ephesians 1:13 tell us “…after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise”.  “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”  (John 3:6)  It is the believer’s spirit (small “s” is your spirit) that is sealed and protected by the Holy Spirit (capital “S” is the Holy Spirit);  their flesh  is not.  

The believer’s spirit, inner most being, is born again.  The body and mind are susceptible to attack.  We have to renew our minds by the reading of the Word and keep the flesh (soul and body) “crucified” by fasting.  Only the spirit is protected.  

I love the way that my husband describes it:  “Our salvation is like an umbrella.  When we sin, we shoot a hole in it, leaving us open to invasion.”  A true believer can not be possessed (under the complete control of the enemy) but most certainly can be oppressed (bowed down under the weight of it in certain areas of their life).   One may be having demonic forces causing problems in areas of your life: finances (spirit of debt or lack), health (spirit of infirmity or sickness), marriage (strife, division), there are spirits of addiction that cause people to smoke, drink, use drugs, gamble, etc. and not be able to stop.  The List goes on and on.    

Would the U. S. Army go to war just on a whim without studying and knowing their enemies tricks and tactics?  Absolutely not!  But Christians are being oppressed and tormented, yet so many keep their head stuck in the sand and refuse to address this issue.     

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  (John 10:10)  What can he steal?  Health, wealth, friends, peace, joy.  What can he kill?  People, churches, dreams, hopes, plans.  What can he destroy?  businesses, relationships, marriages, families, homes.  Are you seeing the big picture now?   

Satan was cast out of Heaven when he rebelled against God.  He is still rebelling, and the only way that he can really hurt God is to hinder people, specifically, believers.  If he can keep people from believing, and then hinder believers from accomplishing what what they are called to do (and yes, every single believer has a calling, even if just to support others, or to witness, which we are all called to do) then he wins that battle.

It is up to us to see he doesn’t, though.  That is why we have were given the armor.

Today we learned why we are at war, and just what the war is.  In Part 2 we will learn how to be the more than conquerors we, as believers, are all called to be (Romans 8:37). 

©Copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey and Bare Bones Gospel


1 Comment »

  1. woldeyesus said,

    Consisting of the truth, righteousness, the Good News of peace, faith, salvation and the sword of the Spirit, the whole armour of God can still be found in the Christ’s perfect and transfigurative death on the cross –once well-known and applied; but now forgotten!

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