THE ARMOR OF GOD
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"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. 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."
The battle is with the devil and against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places NOT humans. The battle is a
spiritual one, not a physical one. Only spiritual armor is
appropriate for the spiritual battle. Make sure that you test the
spirits to see whether they be from God or not.
"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth"
The only weapons of the devil are lies and deceptions. He deceives
and tempts with lies. Remember we are drawn away by him of our own
fleshly lusts and desires. Walk in the Spirit so that the lusts of
the flesh are not fulfilled.
...and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
The heart is protected by the righteousness that Jesus has provided
by establishing those that believe as joint heirs and sealed unto the
day of redemption.
...And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Walking day to day in this life is done one day at a time and peace
is available as trials and temptations are defeated one at a time by
obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus taught his disciples to
teach all nations baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son, and
the Holy Spirit; observing all that He taught.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Above ALL have faith and
be not dissuaded by the lies and deceptions of the enemy and his
children for one cannot please God without faith. It is the lack of
faith that has caused all of the maladies of the human condition.
...And take the helmet of salvation,
Take the offer of salvation which is the belief in Jesus, the son of
God. Take is a response that is used by every human that has walked
the earth in his or her time in the old cliche, "Take it or Leave
it". It's an individual choice for each person on earth.
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Battle the lies of the devil with the only weapon available, the word
of God. Written by men inspired by and revealed by the Spirit of God.
The word of God is truth no matter the sentiment of men.
...Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and
watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all
saints." Pray always, for prayer is the glue that keeps the armor on.
Prayer is the communication with God that keeps satan at bay. Stick
close to the shepherd and the wolves won't be a threat.