Armor of God
Eph. 6:13-17 Armor of God, given to us at Baptism. Now what do we do with the Armor of God? (Carry this coin with you in your pocket or purse so when you see or touch it, it will always remind you, we are God’s children and we have Jesus as our LORD and Savior. We have our Fathers protection.
Pray always in the name of Jesus, just as Jesus asks us too). (see Lev.15:37-40)
John 14:13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
John 16:23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
(“Now Paul was the kind of man who could get alongside anyone; and beyond a doubt he had talked often to the soldiers who were compelled to be so near him. As he writes, he looks up; and the soldier's armor suggests a picture to him.
The Christian too has his armor; and part by part Paul takes the armor of the Roman soldier and translates it into Christian terms.
There is the belt of truth. It was the belt which girt in the soldier's tunic and from which his sword hung and which gave him freedom of movement. Others may guess and grope; the Christian moves freely and quickly, because in any situation he knows the truth.
There was the breastplate. Righteousness is a breast¬plate. When a man is clothed in righteousness he is impreg¬nable. Words are no defense against accusations, but a good life is. Once a man accused Plato of certain crimes and sins, "Well then," said Plato, "we must live in such a way as to prove that his accusations are a lie." The only way to meet the accusations against Christianity is to show how good a Christian can be.
There were the sandals. The sandals were the sign of one equipped and ready to move. The sign of the Christian is that he is eager to be on the way to preach the gospel to, and to share the gospel with, others. He is always ready to take the news of Christ to those who have not heard it.
There was the shield. The word which Paul uses is not the word for the comparatively small round shield. It is the word for the great oblong shield which the heavily armed warrior wore. One of the most dangerous weapons in ancient warfare was the fiery dart. It was a dart tipped with tow dipped in pitch. The pitch-soaked tow was set alight, and the dart was thrown. But the great oblong shield was the very weapon to quench it. The shield was made of two sections of wood, glued together. When the shield was presented to the dart, the dart sank into the wood and naturally the flame was put out. Faith can deal with the darts of temptation. With Paul, faith is always complete and perfect trusts in Christ. That means, that faith is always a close personal relationship with Christ; and when we walk close with Christ, we are safe from temptation.
There was salvation for a helmet. We must always remember that salvation is not something which looks ¬back only. Salvation is not something which means only forgiveness for past sins; it means strength to deal with, all future attacks of sin. The salvation which is in Christ gives us forgiveness for the sins of the past, and strength to conquer sin in the days to come.
There is the sword, and the sword is the word of God. The word of God is at once our weapon of defense and of attack. It is in the word of God we find at once our weapon of defense against sin, and our weapon of attack to fight the sins of the world. Cromwell's Ironsides fought with a sword in one hand and a Bible in the other. We can never defeat God's enemies or win God's battles without God's book.
Finally, Paul comes to the greatest weapon of all-and that is the weapon of prayer. We must note three thing¬s that Paul here says about prayer. (a) It must be constant. It must be at every time in life. It is maybe the greatest lack in the Christian life that our tendency is so often to pray only in the great crises of life. It is from daily prayer that there comes daily strength of the Christian, (b) It must be intense. It must be sleepless and persevering, Prayer demands concentration. Limp prayer never got a man anywhere. It demands concentration of every faculty upon God. (c)It must be unselfish: It must be for all God’s consecrated People. The Jews had a saying, “let a man unite himself with the community in his prayers.” I think that often our prayers are too much for ourselves and too little for others.
We must learn to pray as much an as intensely for others and finally Paul asks for prayers of his friends for himself. And His prayer is not for comfort or for peace but that he might be allowed to tell God’s secret, that God’s love is for all men and to the world.
We would do well to remember no Christian preacher can go on unless his people are ever upholding his hands in prayer.”)
BACK OF THE COIN REMINDS US WHEN WE ARE NOT OBEYING GOD. OUR DEFENSES LOOSE THEIR EFFECTIVENESS. GAPS, DISORENTATION, AND NO ORDER APEARS IN OUR ARMOR FROM GOD.
God never walks away from us, Question is have I walked away from God and not obeying Him?
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