Put on The Armor of God for Battle-Sword of the Spirit (Part 7)

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Ephesians 6:17b (Part 7)

and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.

The Roman sword was called gladius in Latin and one of the words derived from gladius is gladiator which means swordsman. It was a two-edged sword used for cutting and had a pointed tip for stabbing the enemy. The person’s name was often engraved on the sword. As Christians, we are armed with the sword and must be prepared as a gladiator for battle with no fear because Jesus is the One who fights our battles. The sword we use for battle is engraved with the Title (Word of God) which belongs to Jesus so when we fight the demonic forces, it is done through an offensive weapon, the sword, to cut and pierce the enemy with the Word of God which has the power and authority. It is called the sword of the Spirit which gives us understanding in what is revealed in scripture. The more we read and study the word, the better we get in using the sword against the enemy. We are not just to block the enemy’s attack through the shield of faith but we must go into offense to slash and destroy the enemy with the Word of God by memorizing Bible verses and using it when the enemy tries to deceive us or trap us so that we might sin against the Lord. Jesus Himself quoted scripture to attack Satan’s temptation to sin (Matthew 4:3-11). By using the sword, we are depending on Christ’s strength as found in Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.” It is important to meditate on God’s Word daily because the day of evil will come to try to destroy our faith in Jesus and a believer must be ready at all times.

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Put on The Armor of God for Battle-Helmet of Salvation (Part 6)

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Ephesians 6:17a (Part 6)

Take the helmet of salvation,

The helmet in Latin is called a Galea which resembles a calyx, with the main function of protecting the flower while it is developing. In the same way, when a person puts their faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior, one of the first armor given to him is the helmet of salvation which protects his mind while developing into a mature believer in Jesus Christ. The helmet is the most important piece of armor that a person can have because without it, with one blow to the head from the enemy, it could lead to being incapacitated, eventually spiritual death.

The blows from the demonic forces to your head would be false doctrine, lust, hopelessness that leads one to curse God in times of difficulty, but the hardest hit of all is to doubt your salvation in the Lord Jesus. If you have the helmet as you depend in the Lord, the spiritual damage is minimal. Imagine being unprotected not having the helmet on and Satan hits you with thoughts that you are not saved and that God has abandoned you, it will destroy you instantly. The believer will succumb to the lie and stop following Christ. Jesus said in John 10:28, “ I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.” If anyone ever tells you that you aren’t saved, that statement comes from Satan as an attack (blows) on your mind (head) so put on your helmet by remembering what the scripture promises in the Book of John 10:28. Do not believe the demonic lie because his very intent is to accuse you before God as found in Revelation 12:10 “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Messiah have now come, because the accuser of our brothers has been thrown out: the one who accuses them before our God day and night.”
If you are living a lifestyle in sin, never repenting or having remorse and never seeking the Lord through His Word or prayer, then take it as a cue that the Lord is telling you to get saved by putting your faith in Jesus so that you may live a life of holiness in doing His will. The battlefield is in the mind of the believer. It must always be protected by putting on Christ through obedience of His Word and always repenting of your sins, making sure that you are right in the Lord’s eyes by the way you live. The question of demonic attack is not if they will come but when they come…We must be prepared.

Put on The Armor of God for Battle-Shield of Faith (Part 5)

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Ephesians 6:16 (Part 5)

In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

The shield that Paul was probably referring to was a Roman shield called Scutum. The shield was rectangular with a semi-round shape to reflect arrows from the front and sides to protect the soldier as much as possible. The arrows from the enemy comes in all sizes, purposely doused with tar which keeps the fire on the arrows while in the air to do maximum damage when it hits. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), we must continue to believe in the Lord and keep the faith regardless of our circumstances because Satan desires for us to curse God (Job 1:11), to abandon our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Without the shield of faith, the flaming arrows would hit your armor and splatter fire all over you causing you to drop your sword in order to put out the fire, making you vulnerable and susceptible to a kill shot.

When someone doubts the Lord’s faithfulness especially when one is going through extreme circumstances and they feel as if God has abandoned them, that person has dropped their shield and is in grave danger of their faith being hit by another flaming arrow, Anger, which turns into bitterness and from that to desperation, and from desperation to ungodly behavior, then finally cursing God (abandoning the faith). Jesus said in Luke 18:1, “He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not become discouraged.” No matter what happens, keep the faith for in so doing you will reap the benefit that the Lord has in store for you and for His glory and He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Put on The Armor of God for Battle-Feet sandaled with readiness (Part 4)

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Ephesians 6:15 (Part 4)

and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.

The soldier’s shoes had spikes underneath them so that he would not lose his footing while fighting his enemies, who would plant oil and anything else on the ground to make one slip and get hurt, disabling that person from participating in the battle. We see this with anything that diverts our attention away from preaching the gospel. We become spiritually cold and that links to other things in doing God’s will until we are found incapacitated to be used by God. With the gospel on your feet, it will take you by guiding you through the Spirit of God to those who need to hear the good news, like one who is suffering from illness, depression, problems with family and any other situation they are in. As you bring them the good news of the gospel, you give them hope.

Proverbs 15:30 “Bright eyes cheer the heart; good news strengthens the bones.”

Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the herald, who proclaims peace, who brings news of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28:19-20 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We must be obedient to the Lord by telling people about this wonderful gospel that saves people from a real & literal hell. Not telling people equates to wanting them to go to hell. If you are a believer, remember that Jesus in his great mercy sent someone to tell you about Christ so you in turn, are expected do the same. Loving Jesus is by keeping His Word and loving your neighbor as yourself. How exactly does a believer do this? By obeying Jesus’ command and telling your neighbor the good news.

Put on The Armor of God for Battle-Breastplate of Righteousness (Part 3)

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Ephesians 6:14b (Part 3)

righteousness like armor on your chest,

The breastplate protects the heart, stomach, liver, lungs and all the soldier’s vital organs . When a person puts their trust and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, Jesus’ righteousness gets imputed (2 Corinthians 5:21) into the person’s account (life) as if they lived Jesus’ life and the person gets the breastplate of righteousness. Now that the Lord gave us the breastplate, we must wear it everyday especially since we as Christians are always in a battlefield. We wear the breastplate by living a life of obedience to the Word of God. We must always be ready, for the enemy is consistently on the lookout to see if we have the Armor of God on or if there’s a piece of the Armor that’s off. Like in real battle, the enemy will wait at nothing to aim at the unprotected body part, in this case let’s say you don’t have your breastplate which is one of the most important piece of armor you could ever have. If an arrow hits you in one of your major organs like the heart, that will be your demise. The arrows of Satan are deception and your heart is the core of your feelings. The enemy will attack your feelings to draw you away from the Lord by falling in love with a woman who’s not a Christian (this happen with King Solomon, 1 Kings 11:4), give you nice friends who don’t seek the Lord, gives you a job that makes you do things that goes against God’s Word. These are some of the reasons why we cannot be driven by our hearts (feelings) because it can be misleading and dangerous. We must be driven by the Word of God for it will always lead us into all righteousness and teaches us the way to please the Lord and to do His will.

Jeremiah 17:7-9

7 The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. 8 He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit. 9 The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable—who can understand it?