October 29, 2010

The Armour Of God: Why We Need It And How To Use It Part 1 and 2

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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.
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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 they have been 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 

 

  


 

The Armour Of God: Why We Need It And How To Use It Part 2

I remember the night that a very dear friend realized that the armor is to put on and use to fight, not just to hunker down and hide behind. The look of amazement on her face when it hit her was priceless! But, like Kathy did, so many put the armor on but do nothing with it, unless it is the shield of faith, believing that they will come through, somehow. It takes actually using the whole armor, every piece, to win the battle. In part 1, I discussed the need for the armor. Now, let’s look at each piece and see what it is for and just how to use it.

“(13) 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.

(14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

(15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

(16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

(17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”Ephesians 6:13-17

Mike Shreve put it, “Once I repent, it is just as if I never sinned!” There is no way that we can be in right standing, pure and blameless, without accepting what Jesus did for us. It is only when we are seen through His sweet, precious, shed blood that we are seen as whole and pure. The breastplate protects the heart. If the heart gets pierced, the victim dies. We don the breastplate by remembering what Jesus did, and knowing that His blood still flows to us today.

 

The helmet of Salvation: We use this to bring every thought to obedience of Christ. “[1] He will help you, but Don’t ask God to do this for you. We are able to control our thoughts. If someone starts thinking a wrong thought, they have the ability to choose to think something else instead. I call this, “cutting it off at the knees”. Simply stop mid-thought and think something else! Sing a praise song, start giving thanks, count the things in your life that you have to be grateful for, anything, just so it is something good. By doing this, You are bringing your thoughts into obedience!

 

The Breastplate of righteousness: Righteousness. Just what does that mean? Justified, holy[2]. I like the way that Mike Shreve put it, “Once I repent, it is just as if I never sinned!” There is no way that we can be in right standing, pure and blameless, without accepting what Jesus did for us. It is only when we are seen through His sweet, precious, shed blood that we are seen as whole and pure. The breastplate protects the heart. If the heart gets pierced, the victim dies. We don the breastplate by remembering what Jesus did, and knowing that His blood still flows to us today.

  Gird your loins with truth: Here truth means just that: truth, unconcealing.[3] We are to be the real deal. We are also supposed to be a reflection of Jesus. When others look at us, they are to see Him in our personality, character, works, everything. When you pray for someone, are they healed? Jesus’ truth is, “By His stripes, we are healed.”1Peter2:24[4]. John 8:31-32 says,(31):Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;(32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1 John 2:27) The anointing is the power and empowerment that comes through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:2). This is what will stiffen your spine and enable you to do what needs done. This is more than one gets when one first believes, according to Acts 19:2, and, according to Mark 16:17-18, is not optional!! (See previously posted articles Where Is The Power In The Church Today: Part 1 and Where Is The Power In The Church Today: Part 2 for more detail on this topic.)Stay in the Word and know what it says about a situation, then stand unshakable on that truth.

Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace: “Having shod your feet in preparation[to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the Good News] of the Gospel of Peace.” Ephesians 6:15 The Amplified Bible. Know what the Bible says, be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and be ready to act quickly doing what He told you to do. Also, stand firm and in peace, knowing that His Word is true!;

  The Sword of the Spirit: The Amplified Bible says that this is the sword that the (Holy) Spirit uses, which is the Word of God. And it is right! Many people do not realize that there are two types of the Word. We generally refer to the written Word as Logos[5] and Rhema as the spoken Word[6]. A Rhema Word can come from a Preacher during a Sermon, or it can be a word the Holy Spirit speaks to a person, or even speaks to a person to be given to someone else. It can be a word of warning, some needed information, a word of encouragement, or a promise from God of what is to come. There are three Gifts of the Spirit that are Word Gifts: a Word of Knowledge, a Word of Wisdom, and a Word of Prophecy.[7] The Bible has stood for centuries, although it still applies to us today, and multitudes have stood, and are still standing on what it says. The Rhema Word can be taken as “a now Word”, a Word that is spoken to someone in the present time, for a particular situation. By quoting His Word, Logos or Rhema, back to Him, we show not only Him, but ourselves and the enemy, that we know what God has said. I once heard that if you can get God to speak a thing, it is as good as done. That is why the Word is what we stand on when the enemy comes or when hard times hit. The more that we say the word out loud, the more that we believe it, and the more faith we have that it really will happen.[8]

  The Shield of Faith: Faith is the “I know that I know that I know that I know” element. You would not dare sit down in a chair that you thought would break on you, and you would not sit down in a chair unless you believed that it would hold you up as you sat in it. Without faith, we can’t do anything! It is, in fact, what actually brings things into being.[9] This is the bone structure, so to speak, of what you hope for. If I truly have faith, and know that I know that I know that Jesus died for me and through that faith I a saved, no devil in Hell can make me believe anything different. It works exactly the same way with anything else, too. Is the fiery dart of illness coming against you? Have faith in His stripes! The illness will have to flee. Problems with not enough money? Have faith that He shall supply all your needs. Get into the Book and find out what It says about your situation, then believe it, and watch the enemy fall!!

  

We have been made more than conquers[10]. According to Strong’s Greek Dictionary, conquers, entry 5245 hupernikaō, says a conqueror vanquishes his foe to beyond his borders, and gains a decisive victory. Hupernikaō comes from one word that means superior to, more than, on the part of and instead (we do it in Jesus’ stead), and another word that means to subdue, overcome, prevail, get the victory. There is absolutely no doubt about what is meant here, and how our spiritual battles should turn out. That won’t happen cowering behind that shield, though. You put on your armor and when the battle finally does come, do all you can do and then stand[11](in faith !), and Watch God be God! 

 

 

 


 

[1] Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5) also

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

 [2]Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #1342

 [3] Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #225

 [4]“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) This was an Old Testament Prophecy. The New Testament fulfillment is, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

 [5] Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #3056

 [6] Strong’s Greek Dictionary entry #4487

 [7] 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

 [8] Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

 [9] Hebrews 11:1-2 “(1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

(2) For by it the elders obtained a good report.”

[10]Romans 8:37

[11]

Ephesians 6:13 “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.”

 

© Original content copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey

 
  
 

 

 


 

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