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The Full Armor of God

May 28, 2019

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The Full Armor of God

People look for protection and strength  in all sorts  of places.     They go to the police,  doctors, therapists,  psychologists,  philosophers,  and supposed experts  in all sorts of fields.     And,  of course,  many turn to idols  and false gods  of all sorts.     Some feel they themselves are their only means  of protection and strength  because they don’t believe  in any sort of god.

What do we need protection from?     That list is so long and varied.     But,  there are dangers most people  never think about.     Fact is,  we can be our own worst enemy.     People don’t even want  to think about that,  so they bravely try to ignore it.     Paul talks about those kinds  of  insidious dangers  in Ephesians 6:10-13,

Finally,  be strong in the Lord,  and in the strength  of His might.     Put on the full armor  of God,  that you may be able  to stand firm  against the schemes  of the devil.    

For our struggle is not  against flesh and blood,  but against the rulers,  against the powers,  against the world forces  of this darkness,  against the spiritual forces of wickedness  in the heavenly places.

Therefore,  take up the full armor  of God,  that you may be able  to resist  in the evil day,  and having done everything,  to stand firm.

As we seek  to protect our property,  physical,  spiritual  and mental well-being,  and all that we hold dear,  we need to realize  we are not fighting  the  “flesh and blood”  of  “people”.     Instead,  the spiritual forces  that work in people  are what is controlling  behaviors,  greeds,  lusts,  hatreds,  jealousies,  etc.     There are spiritual forces  that seek  to control us,  as well as everyone else.     When we allow  “the spiritual forces  of wickedness”  to control us,  we are headed  for spiritual disaster.

Paul tells us  that we need  to “put on the full armor  of God.     All of the worldly helps are of no real help.     Only God can protect us  from “the schemes  of the devil”  and  “the spiritual forces  of wickedness”  that are running amuck  in this world.     If we want  to be saved  from eternal damnation,  we must  “put on the full armor  of God  — not our own efforts and powers — nor the things  of this world.    Only God has real power  to protect us.

Paul goes on to tell us  that this  “armor of God”  consists of  truth,  righteousness,  the gospel of peace,  faith,  salvation in Christ alone,  and  “the sword  of the Spirit,  which is the word  of God”.     If we don’t have truth,  we don’t have anything  of value.     If we don’t have righteousness,  we are denying God’s love  and authority.     If we don’t have the gospel,  we don’t recognize  our only salvation.     If we don’t have faith,  we are not remembering  all the proofs  of God’s love.     If we don’t accept salvation  in Christ alone,  we have lost the battle right  in the beginning.     And,  if we don’t have the word of God  to rely on,  we simply don’t have the truth.     There again,  we won’t have anything  of value  to protect us  and lead us  to the joys,  glories,  and safety  of eternal life.

Eternal life is a goal worth reaching.     Whatever kind  of armor  the world tries  to patch us up with  is rusty and worthless.     We need  to go for the gold  of “God’s armor”.     Then we will have something worth having  and using  for real protection.

Thoroughly protected  with “God’s armor”,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  when we stay close to You,  You protect us  in every way.    Thank You  for giving all things needful.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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