Mark the word ‘full armor of God’
Incomplete armor does not help and every chance is there to lose miserably.
Many of us are defeated in our spiritual life because of an incomplete armor.
We got have all of them to defeat the unseen enemy.
This invisible enemy does not give us any time to take a break or rest.
A Christian fights with the invisible army of evil forces till the last breath.
When we wear the full armor, we are not just survivors but we become victorious.
1. BELT OF TRUTH BUCKLED AROUND OUR WAIST
The belt or the buckle holds everything on a soldier in place.
Not only that we know the truth in Him but also we live under that truth.
The truth of the Lord keeps us sharp, agile, smart and quick on our feet.
The buckle of truth around us keeps us battle ready always.
2. BREAST PLATE OF RIGHEOUSNESS
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the righteousness of a believer.
Right standing with God is not because of our good deeds but by faith alone.
2 Cor: 5:21 “God made HIM who had no sin for us, so that in HIM (Christ) we might become the righteousness of God”
Not self-righteousness but righteousness imputed upon us by the Lord Jesus because our faith in HIM.
We are made righteous by the washing of our sin through the precious blood of the Lord which HE shed on Calvary Cross.
Righteousness of our Lord covers our soul and protects us from the devil’s penetration.
3. FEET FITTED WITH THE READINESS FROM GOSPEL OF PEACE
First, there is peace with God.
Peace with God is a person’s experiences when he/she is saved by the Lord.
Peace with God is a spiritual condition and a birth right that belongs to all believers.
Second, there is the peace of God.
It is possible to have peace with God without experiencing the peace of God.
The peace of God is very different from peace with God.
This is the reason that “peace” has been given to us as a weapon.
This aggressive peace puts us in a position to look directly into the face of the enemy.
We will challenge him on our feet without being moved by what we see, feel, or hear.
4. SHEILD OF FAITH
The shield covers all armor.
This shield is heavy and almost the size of a door in the hand of the soldier.
They designed it to protect the entire body.
The arrows of the devil symbolize everything thrown against our faith.
The enemy would love to create confusion, chaos and conflicts in our life in many ways.
The enemy loves to create conflicts rather than confidence among us.
Satan causes fear instead of faith and panic instead of peace.
When these shields put side by side, they become thick wall.
When believers in the Lord in the Church are united our enemy Satan becomes weak.
Our shield faith is the shield of Confidence, Courage, and Community
5. TAKE THE HELMET OF SALVATION
Satan attacks us on our mind to doubt our faith or salvation.
We need to know why we believe in the LORD JESUS what we believe in HIM.
We have to have 100% unwavering assurance in our salvation thru Lord Jesus.
Satan’s goal is to create doubt in the minds of Christians about their faith.
Satan is constantly targeting our mind whether we like it or not.
Rom 12 talks about our minds must be transformed and being renewed on a daily basis.
Renewal is possible through study and obedience to the Word of God.
Possessing a deep rooted understanding of our salvation and faith is important.
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
The only weapon the Lord provides the believer is the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT.
That is also called the Word of God (HOLY BIBLE).
The Word of God is a POWERFUL Weapon – Heb 4:12
The Word of God is the Sword of the SPIRIT
Apostle Paul uses Greek word ‘RHEMA’ to describe the Word not ‘Logos’.
Rhema means a specific word or portion of the Scripture for a specific subject and for a particular situation
To say that God’s Word is applied to a particular need at hand.
The Word of God is a Defensive Weapon in the hands of a believer.
A relevant Scripture can challenge and deflect a temptation.
The Devil knows the Scriptures very well.
He has and will use the Scriptures to entice us to sin against God.
In order to confront this unending challenge from Satan we need to depend upon the Word of God entirely.
We have to meditate upon the Word of God
We have to measure the Word digging deep into its truths
We have to memorize the Word of God
We have to make the Word of God as our guiding light everyday