Giving Thanks For His Refuge :: Full Armor of God

AFCRadioShawn-160-241-03112013Giving Thanks for His Refuge – Full Armor of God

Ephesians 6:1-3 : Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Ephesians 6:10-13: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of  God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Ephesians 6:14-17: Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of
salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:18-20: And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that
I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Childish versus Childlike

Matthew 18:3 : And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter The kingdom of heaven.

We must Trust God the same way we trust our parents. As little children, when our parents told us to do something, we did it without question because we trusted them. Now we must put that trust in Jesus. Our actions must be like those of children, we are children of God, and He is our Father.

Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

We cannot be a stumbling block to others. Those that are innocent and unpretentious do not care about the wealth and status of the world. The heart and mind of a child are pure until the evils of this world, that are ruled by the prince of darkness, infiltrates them. It is our job as parents to help protect our children from the darkness until they are old enough to accept Christ. God will protect His children but we must not just sit on the side lines and watch Him do His work. God has jobs for all of us. We must do our part in protecting God’s children.

1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

It is time to put our childish ways behind us. We are now men and women of God. The things we used to do, we do them no more. It is time to put on God’s Full Armor and fight the evils of this world. We must stand our ground and out our trust in God just as we trusted our parents as children, we must Trust Jesus as Christians.

Ephesians 6:14-17 – 

1. Belt of Truth – Eph 6:14a – Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist
2. Breastplate of Righteousness – Eph 6:14b – with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
3. Feet Fitted with Readiness – Eph 6:15 – and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
4. Shield of Faith – Eph 6:16 – In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
5. Helmet of Salvation – Eph 6:17a – Take the helmet of salvation
6. Sword of the Spirit – Eph 6:17b – and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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As children when we read and hear stories about a knight we may picture ourselves as that knight in shining armor. As young Christians, we may do exactly the same thing when reading about God’s Armor.

 

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We may even picture ourselves when first reading Ephesians 6 putting on each piece of armor as we read. The problem comes in when we never stop thinking in childish ways. We must stop being immature Christians and start changing how we think. We must change how we act. Growing to Spiritual maturity is a must to fight the Spiritual warfare that is going on in the heavens and on earth. Let us not picture ourselves like a child dressed in physical armor like a knight.

Remove all of the old ways and put on the new ways, God’s Full Armor, Jesus Christ.

Transformation of the Mind

1 Corinthians 14:20 – Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Ephesians 6:14-17 – Full Armor of God

As new Christians we receive the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God was sent by Jesus and the Father to dwell within us.

1 Corinthians 3:16 – Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? Ephesians 2:22 – And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. The Prophet Isaiah informs us that the seed of Jesse, the Messiah to come will have a belt and sash of righteousness and faithfulness. This belt for us is not a physical belt, it is a Spiritual Belt, it is Jesus Christ. We need to put on Jesus Christ around our waist. Take off the old, put on the new, you are reborn and a Child of God.

Belt of Truth

Eph 6:14a – Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist
Isaiah 11:5 – Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

The second piece of God’s Armor is also about righteousness. The Prophet Isaiah this time is saying that Jesus put on the armor Himself. Since Jesus was unable to find anyone in the world that was righteous, He had to where His own righteousness, the righteous of God. But we, as born sinners do not have our own righteousness; we must put on God’s Armor. The righteousness we have is from Jesus and He is the only one that can protect our heart. Take off the old, put on the new, you are reborn and a Child of God.

Breastplate of Righteousness

Eph 6:14b – with the breastplate of righteousness in place.
Isaiah 59:17a – He put on righteousness as his breastplate.

The third piece of God’s Armor. This verse starts out with “and” which means it is also a required component. I know some of you may put on a pair of shoes or boots and they make your feet feel good, giving you piece to walk. This is not the type of piece being spoken. Looking at what the prophet Isaiah says once again, we read 52:7. He is talking about Christ again. Christ came down and spread the Good News and He also told us to spread the good news especially in Matthew 28:18-20 the Great Commission. Christ is our peace!!! It is only by the grace and mercy of God that we can have peace in our lives. That unspeakable joy that surpasses all understanding we read about in 1 Peter 1. Do not put physical coverings on your feet! Put Jesus on your feet by following His command to spread the Good News which is Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. Take off the old, put on the new, you are reborn and a Child of God.

Feet Fitted with Readiness

Eph 6:15 – and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Isaiah 52:7 – How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who
bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Another required piece of Armor for our protection as indicated by the in addition starting the passage. The word Shield is transliterated into Greek as Thyreos that is derived from the word Thyra which means Door. The shields they used would protect you from head to toe. Not only that, they would wrap them in leather and soak them in water. Not only is the shield large now it has a heavy material over it plus more weight is added by adding water. The water soaked shield helped in the extinguishing of the flaming arrows. The Psalmist wrote about taking ups shield and armor in 53:2 so those hearing these words from Apostle Paul would know what he is speaking of. Someone carrying a shield could go and help others in trouble, maybe drag them back to safety while blocking in coming arrows. Our shield is Jesus Christ as we put our faith in Him daily. He is the one that extinguish the attacks from evil. He is the living water within us that guards our hearts and minds. Take off the old, put on the new, you are reborn and a Child of God.

Shield of Faith

Eph 6:16 – In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Psalm 53:2 – Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid.

Apostle Paul writes for us to take the helmet of salvation instead of putting on the helmet of salvation; however, we all know a helmet goes on the head as the Prophet Isaiah tells us that Christ wore the helmet of salvation on His head. We must keep our helmet on but it is not a physical helmet. Christ is our helmet, He is our salvation. Acts 4:12, Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. The gifts of God just keep coming. Christ is the head of the church and is our helmet. Take off the old, put on the new, you are reborn and a Child of God.

Helmet of Salvation

Eph 6:17a – Take the helmet of salvation
Isaiah 59:17b – the helmet of salvation on his head

There is that word “and” again. Apostle Paul tells us that the Sword and Helmet are also required pieces of God’s Armor. Even more so that the Helmet of faith and the Sword of the Spirit are together as well. Although the Sword is probably seen more as the offensive piece of the Armor, it actually protects as well. The prophet Isaiah says God made his mouth sharp like a sword. The mouth speaks words and the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. When the devil tempted Jesus for 40 days and nights in the wilderness, Jesus used the Word of God to keep Satan behind Him. He used the Word of God to fight all temptations successfully. At that point Jesus only had the words from the Old Testament to use against the devil. It was successful because Jesus Christ is the Word, the Logos, and we must know His word from Genesis to Revelations to fight the schemes of the evil in this world. Put Jesus Christ in our minds, He is the Full Armor of God.

Sword of the Spirit

Eph 6::17b – and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Isaiah 49:2 – He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me.

The Word of God

Eph 6:17c – which is the word of God
John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Spiritual Battle not a Physical Battle

1 Corinthians 15:39 – Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.

1 Corinthians 15:40 – There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 6:18-20 – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Praying and Studying God’s Word is Key to gaining maturity. Although we have removed all of the physical armor, we have put on Jesus Christ, God’s Armor, and are fully clothed. The battle taking place is not of this world. It is not a physical battle, it is a spiritual battle. Let us pray for each other as we pray for ourselves but more so for others. I will pray for you and you pray for me. I will pray for your family and you pray for mine. We will all pray for our Pastoral family because I know they pray for each of ours. The fight we are in is not ours alone. We are all called by God to service in the kingdom and even though He has given us different kinds of gifts, praying in something we must all do. Something truly important here in this passage is that Apostle Paul says pray in the Spirit. This lets us further understand that it is a spiritual battle we are in. We can pray for many things in our flesh. I want more money, I need a new car, let my numbers come out on the lottery. Bring back my novella show. Send me a beautiful wife. Send me a faithful husband. Apostle Paul does not say to pray for these things. He is asking us to pray to allow the mysteries of Word of God be known and spread throughout all nations. As we learn Gods Word, it strengthens us, it edifies us, and it blesses God. His Word protects us, makes us righteous, faithful, ready, peaceful, covers us with salvation, and gives us the words to speak.

Take off the old, put on the new, you are reborn and a Child of God.

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