….continued from Saturday Serenity…
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”(Eph 6:11-13)
Lesson 3 : How do we put on the armor?
We learned from this scripture on Friday that our enemy is not made of flesh and blood. On Saturday, we saw that the way to wrestle this enemy is by resisting with God’s armor. Today we are seeing the third point, how to wear that armor.
1 – TRUTH
2 – RIGHTEOUSNESS
3 – GOSPEL OF PEACE
4 – FAITH
5 – SALVATION
6 – WORD OF GOD
We wear the truth by speaking the truth and walking in truth. The truth involves recognizing our sinful state and confessing our sins (1 John 1:6). When we walk in the truth we consciously recognize that we need Jesus in our life. Jesus is the truth. (John 14:6)
We wear righteousness by choosing everyday and every time to do what is right before God, no matter what everyone else is doing or saying. If we consciously remember that God is every where we are, and that nothing is hidden before him, we’ll find in us the strength to make the right choice. Jesus is our righteousness. (1 Cor. 1:30)
We wear the Gospel of peace by speaking about the good news of Jesus. Sharing the good news with someone every day allows us to keep our mind in God. We share this Gospel in words and also through our behavior. What we do around people preaches to them that there is something different about us, something that they need. The overwhelming peace of Jesus will eventually touch the hearts of those around us. Jesus is our peace. (Rom. 5:1)
We wear faith by acting in a way that shows what we believe. If we believe that Jesus can provide all our needs, we’ll never complain when we go through a moment of lack. We will also say only the things that God says in the Bible and not what our senses communicate to us. Let the weak SAY “I am strong”. don’t say what you SEE but what you BELIEVE. Jesus is the source of our faith. (Rom 10:17)
We wear salvation by being confident that we are saved in Jesus. This is why it is called a “helmet” in this scripture. Sometimes, we are told that we can lose our salvation and that creates fear, which in turn causes us to lose faith. Fear casts out faith. God wants us to believe in His salvation, and that guards our mind. When the enemy comes to tempt us he speaks to us, that is in our mind. that is why it is important to wear this helmet, salvation keeps our mind with sound truth. Jesus is our savior. (1 Thes. 5:9)
We wear the Word of God by confessing it and appropriating ourselves the promises. For example: “you have been blessed with all spiritual blessing ” (Eph 1), we confess : “I am blessed with all spiritual blessing”. Example : “do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God”(1 Cor 6:19) ; we confess : “My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. God gave me the Holy Spirit.” Jesus is the Word of God. (John 1:14)
Friends, Jesus is the truth; Jesus is the righteousness; Jesus is the Gospel of peace; Jesus is salvation; Jesus is the source of faith; and Jesus is the Word of God. JESUS is the whole armor of God.
Jesus is the one who defeated the devil. That is why our wrestle is not to defeat the devil. Our fight is to resist him, by having JESUS at every level of our life. When we fast and pray, it strengthens our spiritual man, it allows us to wear the armor, it makes us stand our ground in Jesus. And the Bible says, this is the way we wrestle against enemies that are not flesh and blood.
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (Heb. 1:1-2)
Lord we thank you today for this wonderful word. You have indeed done it all for us, but many times we forget that and we think that we can defeat our enemy. Help us believe that YOU have already achieved this for us. Help us enter into this highest level of faith. We pray that your life begins to flow in us and through us to others, in Jesus name. Amen.