Saturday, February 21, 2009
Armor of God, Part 1
I'm going to begin a series of blog posts on the armor of God. It is highly critical that we put on the whole armor of God in these last days. So many are being decimated and turning from the truth of God's Word. We must be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, if we are going to make it!
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 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].
Eph 6:13 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.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
Paul is urging these believers who were rich yet living like paupers to be strong in the Lord. You see that makes all the difference in the world! We can be strong in our own might and power, and this will always lead to the enemy decimating us. Why? Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. It's not by might, or power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord! We must stand for what is right, but not in our own strength or armor, but God's!!!
He then tells them that the real enemy is not other human beings but the devil and his wiles or methods. He has no new schemes, but he has been honing the one's he has for 6,000 years. Because of this, we must stand in God's power, with God's armor. So what is this armor?
First, he says, have your loins girt about with truth. Why is this so important? Because our enemy is a liar and the father of them! He is a master deceiver, and his minions are as well. 1 Timothy 4:1 tells us that "in the last days, some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils." Since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been putting question marks where God puts periods. His primary tool is to question the authority of God and His Word.
The Devil wants us to question the authority of God's word to govern our lives. That is why it is critical to have our loins girt about with truth. The Psalmist said that the Lord desires truth in the inward parts. We are to know the truth, possess the truth, and live the truth. Christ and His Word are Truth (John 14:6: 17:17). Do you know Him who is truth? And are you living as a doer of the truth of His Word?
Why is this so key? Because the belt is what holds this armor together! Each Roman Soldier had a belt that would secure the entire armor. If the belt is lost, the soldier is left unprotected. We must study to show ourselves approved unto God. WE must memorize, read, and heed the Holy Scriptures. We must spend time with Christ in prayer. Time is short, and we must be fully clothed if we are to defeat the enemy! May God bless you and help you to put on the whole armor of God today!