SPIRITUAL WARFARE, TRUTH. AND VERSES.
- Belt Of Truth
- Breastplate of Righteousness
- Shoes of The Gospel
- Shield of Faith
- Helmet of Salvation
- Sword of the Spirit
- Praying in the Spirit
- How to Put on the whole Armor of God
“We do not wrestle and fight against flesh and blood but we fight against principalities and hosts of wickedness”. The Bible often states the believer’s life is like a battle against satan and sin. We are soldiers for Christ in a real battle called-“spiritual warfare”(2Corinthians 10:3-4).
Here in this Battle, which many believers have no idea they are in, we need to put on our Armor. Here is the list of each piece of this “Spiritual Armor”.
Belt of Truth
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth”…….. Truth is the belt that holds all the other pieces of the Armor in place. -The truth of the scriptures opposed to the lies of satan. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” The truth of God’s word- the Love of God, salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, the second coming, forgiveness of sins, and Grace and power to live for Jesus- these truths sets us free from ALL satan’s lies.
Breastplate of Righteousness
The Breastplate covers the heart and shields other vital organs. Christ’s righteousness protects us against All of satan’s attacks. This righteousness is not made up of good deeds we do, but from believing in Jesus Christ (Romans 4:24).
The Breastplate of Righteousness is entirely the righteousness of Jesus which He gives us freely the moment we believe and accept Him as our Savior.(2Corinthians 5:21) (Phil.3:9).
Shoes of the Gospel
As ‘Soldiers of Christ’, we should have comfortable shoes. We must put on the ‘shoes of the Gospel‘. This will allow us to march where the Lord leads. In (1John 2:6) John says, “He who says he abides in Him[Jesus] ought to himself also walk just as He[Jesus] walked”
However satan will try to place obstacles in our paths, we can overcome with the ‘Strength from Jesus’ as we walk foward following our Lord and advancing the True Gospel.
Shield of Faith
Paul says in Ephesians 6:16 …….”Above all, [take] the ‘shield of Faith’ with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one”.
Faith will block doubt and turn fear into constant Faith. This faith is not something that comes from within us. This faith is a gift from God as scripture says, “God has given each one of us a measure of faith”(Romans 12:3). As we walk with our Father, our faith grows, that Faith grows until it is a shield.
Helmet of Salvation
-The helmet of Salvation protects the head- perhaps the most important part of the body since it is the seat of ‘thought and mind’. Also the head is the place satan aims for the most in his attacks of the mind. This mind can be summed up as the whole battlefield. We can block those attacks when we have a sure knowledge of our salvation. We cannot be moved be satans attacks when we have that assurance of Heaven.
How can we be sure of Salvation?
- 1John 1:9– “If we confess our sins, He[Jesus] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
- John 3:15-16-“ That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.“ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.“
- 1John 5:11-12– “God has given us eternal life, and that life is in His Son. He who has the Son has Life”.
The Sword of the Spirit
The ‘Sword of the Spirit’ is the only weapon of offense listed in the Armor of God. All the others are defensive. God’s Word-The Bible- is described as “Living and Powerful”, and sharper than any two-edged sword(Hebrews 4:12)
Jesus Himself used this weapon when satan tempted Him in the wilderness. To every temptation the enemy used, ‘Jesus replied’ ,…….”It is Written” and then proceeded to quote scripture. God’s Word is Truth(John 7:17).
That is why we too must know God’s word. So we can be ready with truth of scripture to defeat the enemy.
Although prayer is not one of the pieces of the whole ‘Armor of God’, Paul closes his list by saying….”praying always with All prayer and supplications in the Spirit”.
Although we are clothed with the ‘Armor of God’ we need to bathe in Prayer. Prayer is the direct fellowship with God so His Mighty armor can Protect us.
How do we put on the whole Armor?
“Be Strong in the Lord and in the power of His Might” (Ephesians 6:10)
He is Strong when we are weak
Rest in Jesus, He can never see defeat.
Prayer by LaRue Thrower
Heavenly Father, we bow before You with all humility and reverence. Lord we Ask that You keep us covered in Your blood. Lord we submit to You and know the enemy must flee. We walk in the Flesh but our weapons are Mighty through you for the pulling down of strong holds. With You Lord we know strong holds are demolished. We ask for Your continual protection as we ‘declare and decree’ that “no weapon formed or fashioned against us can prosper.”
We are more than Conquerors through You who love us. We are ‘Warriors for Christ’ and as we put on the ‘whole ‘Armor of God’ please help us to stay focused on the battle at hand, so we can defeat the enemy in our lives and the lives of others.