In continuing yesterday’s thoughts let begin today by stating; Armour is always used in and for the protection of something or someone. In this case the whole armour of God is what we put on. So what will this consist of?
1st – stand firmly, with your mind-thoughts, soul and body girded (surrounded) with righteousness, right living.
2nd – we are to put on the very peace of God through the preparation of the Gospel…reading/studing the Bible, God’s Word is needed for preparation.
3rd – put on (take) the sheild of faith…faith in God’s promises and that of the Son of God, Christ Jesus, has also become our eternal Savior and Lord.
4th – take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God… this helmet is called “the hope of salvation” full assurance until the end which involves our future. This hope protects the believer’s mind as he seeks continually to be ” casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Co 10:5).
The “sword of the spirit” in this context is the “rhema” word, individual text or “saying” of the word. Jesus spoke the written Word to satan when satan came against Him, and satan fleed.
Yes, God’s Word is alive and active, to the believer and when spoken with faith, satan will flee; for satan cannot stand the TRUTH. God’s Word is the ultimate and final Word!
Lastly, we are to be praying always, that of preserving prayer; this is an invisible prayer and powerful weapon that assures us that God Himself, with His angels, are fighting not only for our personal deliverance but in the supplication for others. This war with satan is a spiritual war.
How assuring to know that God Himself is at battle for our good; both spiritually and physically. Our very souls are at stake here and eternity.
Let me conclude by encouraging you all to believe God, trust God and obey God in following the Holy Spirit as He guides us into all truth. Jesus is the ONLY way to God. The born-again experience for all to recieve!
As always, love in Christ Jesus,