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We have often heard this passage but how often have we truely thought about what it means and how to dress ourselve. Do we truely dress ourselves or is our armour left hanging int he cupboard leaving us naked to satan.

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Wearing Gods armour. Don’t be naked before satan!

Dictionary of Bible Themes 8486 spiritual warfare, armour

Believers should put on the full armour of God

The belt of truth Eph 6:14

The importance of sound teaching: a good understanding of God’s truth counters Satan’s deceit: Ps 119:95,116; Eph 4:14-15; Col 2:8; 2Ti 1:13-14; 1Pe 1:13

The breastplate of righteousness Eph 6:14

Assurance that believers are righteous in God’s sight will counter Satan’s accusations: Pr 4:23; 13:6; Isa 61:10; Zec 3:1-4

The gospel of peace Eph 6:15

The peace of God reassures and gives confidence in times of trouble: Jn 14:27; 16:33; Php 4:6-7

The shield of faith Eph 6:16

Exercising faith draws strength from God, guards against deception and helps overcome temptation: Ro 1:17; Hab 2:4; 1Pe 5:9; 1Jn 5:4

The helmet of salvation Eph 6:17

The expectation of future glory encourages the Christian soldier and helps overcome despair: 1Th 5:8-9; Tit 2:11-14; 1Jn 3:3

The Christian’s spiritual weapons

2Co 10:4

The sword of the Spirit Eph 6:17

The Scriptures give readiness and confidence in battle and a sure defence against the evil one: Ps 119:11; 2Ti 3:16-17; Heb 4:12

The armour of God is worn with prayer Eph 6:18

Prayer ensures that believers recognise their need to turn to God and depend on him alone: Ps 55:16-18; Heb 4:16; Jas 5:16

Genesis 3:1–7 AMP
NOW THE serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden, Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die, For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity. And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apronlike girdles.
Genesis 3:1
Genesis 3:1–7 AMP
NOW THE serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden, Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die, For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity. And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apronlike girdles.
Genesis 3:1-7
Satan asked Eve a question that she knew the answer too. She answered well, but then satan questioned Gods truth. It is at this point that Eve should have said “Shut up satan! My God is my God and I will not listen to you!”. Unfortunately this did not happen. We can be like this too. So what ca we do? We must learn how to putting on the full armour of God. We need to learn why we need to put on this armour. We need to understand that it takes daily effort to put on this armour. Most importantly we need to understand that we are in Gods army and without the armour God has given us, we are naked before satan. We know that Jesus has the victory, there is no question about that, but God has given us a task and we need to learn how to be obedient to it.
At the end of the passage we just read it says “Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they where naked”. What were they before this? Clothed? In what? Well perhaps they where clothed in truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the word of God and prayer. In disobedience, they stepped out of their armour and into the path of disaster. They were naked before satan.
Lets think about the this amour one piece at a time.
The belt of truth: The importance of sound teaching. A good understanding of God’s truth counters Satan’s deceit. If we know God’s promises and understand his teachings, we are able to stand against satan trying to tell us things that go against Gods word. If we can understand that God is totally for us and loves us, we are able to stand against satan and tell him he has no jurisdiction over us. The other side to this is that we must be truthful and honest. When we are honest, satan has not foothold to attack us. We can not be condemned.
The breastplate of righteousness: An assurance that believers are righteous in God’s sight will counter Satan’s accusations. Righteousness is a right standing with God. It is knowing that we are forgiven by God not by our own efforts but by His grace and mercy. It is a gift that satan can not take from us. It is not possible for satan to stand up to the righteousness of God in us. As with Abrahams obedience, our obedience to God will strengthen our understanding of righteousness.
The gospel of peace: The peace of God reassures and gives confidence in times of trouble. A peace that surpasses all understanding. This is a peace that allows a calm spirit when faced with trouble. Satan likes to rile us up as much as possible. With peace, we can remember Gods word, understand our right standing and not be defeated.
The shield of faith: Exercising faith draws strength from God. It guards agains deception and helps overcome temptation. When all else fails and we can not see a way out, faith is our shield. We know that God is with us no matter what.
Daniel 3:15–28 AMP
Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, dulcimer or bagpipe, and every kind of music to fall down and worship the image which I have made, very good. But if you do not worship, you shall be cast at once into the midst of a burning fiery furnace, and who is that god who can deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, it is not necessary for us to answer you on this point. If our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up! Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury and his facial expression was changed [to antagonism] against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Therefore he commanded that the furnace should be heated seven times hotter than it was usually heated. And he commanded the strongest men in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these [three] men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics or undergarments, their turbans, and their other clothing, and they were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame and sparks from the fire killed those men who handled Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king [saw and] was astounded, and he jumped up and said to his counselors, Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered, True, O king. He answered, Behold, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt! And the form of the fourth is like a son of the gods! Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God, come out and come here. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the midst of the fire. And the satraps, the deputies, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered around together and saw these men—that the fire had no power upon their bodies, nor was the hair of their head singed; neither were their garments scorched or changed in color or condition, nor had even the smell of smoke clung to them. Then Nebuchadnezzar said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who believed in, trusted in, and relied on Him! And they set aside the king’s command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
Daniel 3:15-28
The helmet of salvation: The expectation of future glory encourages the Christian soldier and helps overcome despair. We know we are going to heaven. We have a lot to be grateful for. Unsaved people live without assurance of what is to come. Without the knowledge that they are saved and going to heaven, there is much fear in death and therefore fear in life. We must embrace our salvation, be grateful for it every day and rejoice in the amazing blessing that it is.
The sword of the spirit: The Scriptures give readiness and confidence in battle and a sure defence against the evil one. When Jesus was in the desert and satan came to temp him, he answered not by His own words but by the word of God, scripture.
Matthew 4:1–11 AMP
THEN JESUS was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread. But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Then the devil took Him into the holy city and placed Him on a turret (pinnacle, gable) of the temple sanctuary. And he said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, On the other hand, it is written also, You shall not tempt, test thoroughly, or try exceedingly the Lord your God. Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them. And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve. Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
The armour of God is worn with prayer: prayer ensures that believers recognise their need to turn to God and depend on him alone. It takes away the fear. So many times it says in the bible “do not be afraid”
Matthew Pryor discusses it like this (https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/the-most-frequent-command-in-the-bible.html)
When you think through the "do's and don'ts" of the Bible, I'm guessing one or more of the following come to mind:
When you think through the "do's and don'ts" of the Bible, I'm guessing one or more of the following come to mind:
Do not lie
Do not steal
Love your enemies
Do not murder
Do unto others as you'd have them do to you
Love your neighbour as yourself
All these are certainly Biblical and applicable today. But surprisingly, none of them are repeated with all that much frequency. And certainly none of them come close to the repetition of the most popular command in the Bible. You ready? Drumroll...
"Do not be afraid."
That's right, "do not be afraid" appears in the NIV 70 times.
This doesn't include variants such as "fear not," "do not fear,".
There are several interesting things about this. First of all, the Bible isn't saying, "There is nothing scary so you don't need to be scared." Let's be real... life is scary. That, however, does NOT mean we need to be scared of it.
Secondly, the command "do not be afraid" more often than not, is followed by an action that God is or will be taking. Here are a few such examples:
"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today." ()
"Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you." ()
"Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you." ()
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom." ()
Another interesting thing is that 10 times "do not be afraid" is followed by "do not be discouraged."
Have you stopped to consider that being afraid and being discouraged are related? After all, the opposite of "discouraged" is "encouraged." And encouraged means to be filled with courage!
Why should we be filled with courage? Because as Christians, we have the armour of God, the Lord is with us and in us. And He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.
Finally, notice that "do not be afraid" is not a suggestion. God doesn't say, "If you don't want to be afraid, that's an option. Either way. Be afraid or don't. It's up to you." No, it's a command. He is giving an instruction on how to approach the circumstance. By default, approaching it in a different manner would be a form of disobedience.
This being the case, it is vital that we put on the whole armour of God. We need to know what the pieces of armour are, how to put them on and what they are for. I was a soldier in the Australian army. In the first few days of basic training we were kitted out or given all the clothing, weapons, mess kit we would need. Can you imagine what would have happened if I had just dumped all my stuff on the floor and left it there? For starters, I would have been being disobedient…not a good thing in the army, not a good thing with God. Secondly, I would have been naked when they took all my civilian clothing away, which they did. Again, not a good thing! I had to dress myself and learn how to use what I had been given. God has given us some mighty amour. Lets learn to use it for His glory!
Ephesians 6:14–18 AMP
Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
Ephe 6:14-18
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