“ARMOR OF GOD”
For Christians to be victorious, we must do certain things to prepare ourselves before the enemy (Satan) launches his attack against us. This is true whether in the age of Grace or the end of time [tribulation period].
1. The victorious Christian must learn about Satan [the Devil] from God’s Word:
“All Scripture is given by INSPIRATION of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but HOLY MEN OF GOD SPAKE as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21).
FACT: The Christian must not be ignorant of Satan’s devices or designs:
“Lest Satan should take ADVANTAGE OF US; for we ARE NOT ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11 NKJV).
The enemy [Satan or Devil] takes advantage of our spiritual immaturity and ignorance (God gave the pastor/teacher to help us Ephesians 4:11-15). The Bible gives us all the information that God would have us to know about our adversary (Satan).
2. The victorious Christian must constantly strengthen themselves in the Lord:
“Finally, my brethren, be STRONG in the Lord and in the POWER of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).
We can meet the enemy in the Lord’s strength and power only as we DAILY read the Bible (Psalm 119:11, 130; Colossians 3:1-10; I Peter 2:1-2). We must also live by faith in God (Galatians 2:20; I Peter 5:8-9), and obey Him (Romans 12:2). Because of this, the enemy seeks to disrupt our daily fellowship with the Lord. We will be successful only if we are obedient to God’s Word.
3. We must put on the WHOLE ARMOR of God (Ephesians 6:11-18):
This armor, which we are to put on DAILY, consists of SPIRITUAL REALITIES that are found in Jesus and that manifest Him in our lives (Romans 13:11-14). Since these qualities are reproduced in us by the Holy Spirit, we put them on by giving ourselves to Him (Ephesians 5:18) or to Jesus (Romans 13:14) and by relying on Him [the Holy Spirit] to help us be what this armor represents:
“I have been CRUCIFIED with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by FAITH in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 NKJV).
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who BELIEVES IN ME, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37-39, NKJV).
“I can do ALL THINGS THROUGH Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Philippians 4:19 God supplies “ALL” our need.
Now we begin with a command to “Put on the whole armor of God…” (Ephesians 6:11), with its goal of withstanding Satan (v. 11, 13) “that,” and its reason, “for we do not wrestle against FLESH AND BLOOD” (HUMANS) but very powerful evil spirits (v. 12).
FACT: The apostle Paul lists the parts of the armor that we need to be serious about putting on (v. 14-17). To help us understand how serious this is, Paul compares these spiritual qualities to the battle gear of a Roman soldier.
a. THE BELT OF TRUTH (Ephesians 6:14; John 14:6)
While “truth” may refer to God’s Word “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17), which we are to read, understand and APPLY. Here it more likely refers to truthfulness and honesty in daily life.
The enemy [Satan] who is a liar (John 8:44) and a deceiver (Revelation 12:9), Satan wants us to be dishonest and deceitful. With this belt on, we are TRUTHFUL in our word and HONEST in our conduct.
The soldier’s belt was a broad leather one, covering the lower part of his body and reaching down to the middle of his thighs. It held his gear in place.
REMINDER OF HOW IMPORTANT TRUTH IS TO GOD: He warns us about the results of lying [BEING DISHONEST] which should concern each of us. Why? Because so many Christians today seem to make light of lying, “Oh, its just a little white lie and God won’t care.” Really? Listen to God:
“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8, NKJV).
b. The coat of Righteousness
The soldier’s coat of mail consisted of two parts: one covering his chest and stomach, the other his back. This was usually made of leather, plated with metal. It protected the body from wounding blows.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,” (Ephesians 6:14).
“Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are BY JESUS CHRIST, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:11)
Righteousness is a state of being or doing right.
NOTE: We became righteous when we were saved (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13; Romans 5:1; I Corinthians 1:30).
FACT: Now it is our duty to do what is RIGHT in God’s sight or according to His will. God’s Word is not just to be read and then not obeyed. We are to apply the principles of God’s Word to our lives. In other words, live according to the Scriptures (Joshua 1:5-9; Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Ephesians 2:10; Romans 12:2; I Timothy 6:11).
FACT: Satan wants us to disobey God. Christ wants the believer to obey God. When we have this coat on, we do God’s will. Our obedience to God is not merely the fulfillment of duty, it is the means of our…
- experiencing personal happiness (John 3:17).
- pleasing God (I John 3:22).
- expressing our love for Him (John 14:15, 21, 23).
Simply telling God that we love Him may be only an expression of sentimentalism or wishful thinking. God searches our hearts and lives as well as listens to our words for true expressions of our affection for Him. He also wants to find the principles of His word being expressed in our every day lives.
Despite Satan’s lies to the contrary, obedience to God is not grievous (I John 5:3), but it is good for us, suitable to our renewed personhoods and human natures, and perfect for us the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2).
We have an inner desire to obey God because we were created to…
- bring Glory to God – Isaiah 43:7.
- bring pleasure to God – Revelation 4:11. (Philippians 2:13) we experience resistance to God’s will from the inner sin force (Romans 7:15-18; 8:7) and from Satan and the world without (I Peter 2:11; 5:8).
FACT: Our obedience to God REQUIRES that we learn His will for us in everything, and that we do it in His way and in His time. It is noteworthy that God’s commands and appeals are directed to our will, not to our emotions. He never relieves us of our duty because we do not feel like going to where or whom He is directing us, even when we do not want to do it.
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