10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (What does this mean? We can fool people, but we can’t fool spirits. ALSO, The wiles of the devil are Division and selfishness and forgetting others.)
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- (NKJ)
· Prayer is the beginning of Spiritual warfare, but it cannot end there. The fact is I can resist the devil and he will flee! Right? What good would it do to pray for everyone in this city and then treat each person we met like garbage? What good would it do to pray for those in authority and at the same time talk bad about those in office?
There has to be a walk to our talk, zb.. Sonya and Bar room evangelism.
· The goal of our spiritual warfare is not to only protect ourselves, But to protect our ability to effect those around us! If I lose my testimony, I lose my right to speak into your life! This is about how we protect ourselves so that we can be effective in doing this!
· WHY DO WE NEED ARMOUR? TO STAND! The devil wants us to fall. WHY? So he can be above us, and no longer under our feet.
1 Pet 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, …
The Belt of Truth
(Does knowing the Lord affect Your Reality)
Telling and living the truth is like wearing a belt. They both keep important things in our lives in the right place, and keep us from being embarassed. Honesty, Living by the motto “There is no such thing as a secret!”
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
· We cannot wear masks and have a double life. We have to live open and honest before all men.
Matt 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
1 Pet 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (KJV)
The Breastplate of Righteousness
(Does knowing the Lord affect Your Relationships)
The breastplate protects our vital organs. This a lifestyle that protects our hearts and the hearts of others. Thats how important this part of our armor is. There is a standard(The Love walk) set by God that if we live by we will have rightstanding with him. Innocence, Faultless, and Guiltless before God and Man. But Righteousness is not only rightstanding with God, but rightstanding with others. We do not live alone. Our actions affect others. If I do not live a life of Righteousness within my relationships with others my rightstanding with God is also broken! I remove my breastplate when I offend others. Sin and Unforgiveness will remove your breastplate!
Being unrighteous will destroy our relationship with God That is why God hates unrighteousness so much.
· Doing what is right before God! Not only what you can get away with before men.
Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
(Does knowing the Lord affect Your Walk)
Your feet should take you to the places that your purpose in Christ demands that you go.
Thoughtfully considering where our feet take us is spiritual warfare.
There is an old saying “Let you feet do the talking” It is amazing how much the bible has to say about our WALK!
· Your walk will reflect what you really believe! zb. man in the porno shop praying and binding the devil!
Eph 2:1-2 + 10
1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (NKJ)
I Jn 2:6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (NKJ)
John 1:36 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!" (NKJ)
v If I am walking where I am supposed to be I won´t be walking where I am not supposed to be! When people read your life, do they read Good News or Bad news?
The shield of Faith
(Does knowing the Lord affect Your Trust)
Being consumed with God and his Plans and purposes will keep us from being distracted and drawn into enemy territory.
Ps 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Trusting in the Lord is trusting in his word.
The Helmet of Salvation
(Does knowing the Lord affect Your Thoughts)
37 Jesus said to him," 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart (desires), with all your soul, and with all your mind (deepest thoughts and expression of that desire).' (NKJ)
n Whoever gets your head gets your body! (Ro.8,5-7)
Ps 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-- meditate on these things. (NKJ)
and... The Sword of the Spirit
(Does knowing the Lord affect the Battle-How you fight)
· A Sword is only a sword when you use it to cut! If not you might as well call it a butter knife.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (NKJ)
17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-- and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? (NKJ)
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit
Yes I believe in praying in the spirit! I believe that the primary point here is to Pray!
But I want to take another view of this if I may. In the Spirit! What does that mean?
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (KJV)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
q What is our view point? Are we praying from Heavens point of view or from the earth?
Matt 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
q There is a direct connection to what we do here, being released from Heaven!
being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints--
The goal of the armor is to have a lifestyle and prayer life to be of maximum influence to others