Today we’re going to talk about something that is really directed to a true Christian. In today’s world with so many things going on from the hectic life style of our normal lives, our jobs, kids, and families overall not to mention the threat of war and natural disaster all over the world, we need to be strong!
That is easier said than done. Why is it that so many normal people need medication or counseling help just to cope with today’s world? It is because we are not equipped on our own to deal with these situations, which I might add are our own doing. Not necessarily as individuals but as the human race.
So if we are not equipped to handle these things then what do we do, just give up? No!
Although we as humans really are not able to deal with this life in many aspects, God has given us His Holy Spirit to help strengthen us and lead us through these times. No different than we cannot resist sin on our own, but only through the power of the Holy Spirit. Now you’re saying so why are all these things happening if we all have the Holy Spirit to lead us through? Well, we all do not have the Holy Spirit! You must be a Born Again Christian to have the Holy Spirit within you. Now let me clarify a few things about this, any true Christian is Born Again, but just because someone calls themselves a Christian does not mean they are a true Christian or Born Again. Okay, bottom line is if you are a true Christian then you are Born Again and all true Christians have the Holy Spirit living within them.
The Holy Spirit will provide strength to you so you are able to endure this world with a positive outlook. If you are fearful of the things that are going on in this world you need to question yourself as to whether you are Born Again (Saved) or not. This may be tough but you are instructed to self evaluate yourself on a regular basis, to make sure you are on the correct path. Just because you said a prayer one time, or your family was Christian or you even go to church does not mean you are “Saved”. Look through this site and you will find these answers, I encourage you to do so, it is a very important quest.
So now let’s get back on subject. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to endure this life’s trials and tribulations. Not only has God given us the Holy Spirit to help us but we also find that God has given us more to help us with this battle. What else has He given us? The Armor of God!
Let’s look at the book of Ephesians in the Bible to get some answers and instructions. First let us look at Ephesians 6:11-12 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.
We can see that our true enemy is not other people but Satan and his dark forces.
We are told to put on the whole armor of God. So what is this armor. It is spiritual! Let’s look at each piece of armor. For that answer we look at Ephesians 6:14-18 “Stand therefore, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, the girdle of truth, and having shod your feet with the shoes of peace; besides all these take the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.
This is your armor that God has provided you to help your battle with the darkness and sin of this world. Yes, you are under attack by Satan and his forces every day, even though you may not realize it! If you are not “Saved” then those forces are your allies and they are whispering things in your ear all the time to get you to do what is wrong in God’s eyes, committing sin and therefore breaking the Law of God.
Don’t be misled, Satan does not care about you in the least, his only purpose is your demise by your own choices, and the end result for you is hell. Why does Satan want this? Simple, because your self demise will cause God great pain. He loves you!
So we have established why we need the Armor of God and that it can help us in our daily lives but how do we put it on?
Remember we must put on our armor daily!
First let us put on the Girdle of Truth! You must stand firm in the truth of God’s Word. What is that? The Bible, so you must read and study the Bible everyday without missing a day here and there. When you start to do this and begin learning the Word of God then you can stand firm in the truth of God’s Word. What is that truth? It is that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried and rose again, there by defeating death and paying for your sin.
Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness! This is your life style. Make sure you are living a righteous life, you will find what that is in the Bible. For the most basic idea it is living for God, you tell the truth, you help people even when you are not asked, you do not live the wild night life. You do not swear or take advantage of people, you live the way God wants you to and you serve and honor Him daily. By doing this you will guard your heart from evil and will flee from temptation and in so doing your heart can remain pure and holy, protected under the blood of Jesus Christ. Do not embrace the things of this world, money, success, fame, power, self indulgence etc., for they are not what is important to God.
Put on the Shoes of Peace! Stand and be an example to others and live in the Good News of the Gospel. What is that Good News? It is that you have eternal life through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ! This is the most joyous thing you could ever be given, so let that “Good News” shine through you and be a light to all you encounter.
Take the Shield of Faith! The shield of faith is simply that, your faith in Jesus Christ! If you have that then you know that nothing can defeat you, and you will be ready for Satan’s attacks on you, which will come and may come often. What do you do, you pray and have faith that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). So when you feel Satan whispering doubt, denial and deceit at you, you know what to do.
Put on the Helmet of Salvation! When things get tough as they usually do, you have your Helmet of Salvation. This is just that you know that no matter how bad things get you are saved! If you do not know this then you need to search this site and find how you can be sure. When you have salvation you can keep your mind focused on God and not on the things of this world.
Take the Sword of the Spirit! The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, the Bible. You need to learn how to use it so you can expose the tempting words of Satan. Memorize passages in the Bible, stories, verses, as much as you can, the more you do this the better you will be at using the Sword of the Spirit!
There you have it, you have just put on the whole armor of God.
You must do this daily, don’t take this lightly, it is of the utmost importance.