Monday, August 10 2020
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS PART IV
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 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. Ephesians 6:10-12
Contrary to popular belief we do not put on the armor of God as one would put on a suit of clothes because the armor becomes part of our spiritual being when we are born again. In other words, the armor is always on us and as we exercise its use, it grows. One example of this is faith, the more you believe the more confidence is gained and the shield of faith becomes stronger. Just like lifting weights, the more you lift, the larger your muscles become.
It is of the utmost importance for the new believer to learn about his spiritual equipment and his weapons of war when engaging the enemy. God has so equipped us to be totally ready to fight just as the Marine Corps after they have received their training. We must become aware of our ability to fight in the Spirit as well as discern the schemes of the devil! When one engages his enemy just as David engaged Goliath he must be assured of whose battle it is, God's!
As David approached the giant he had already killed a lion and a bear and his confidence was strong in the Lord! The giant however, a trained warrior from his youth hurled abuse at David trying to get him to doubt his spiritual strength and weaken his resolve! Fear, doubt and unbelief will try and attack you as you engage in warfare, but remember, God has not given us a spirit of fear but power, love and a sound mind! The mind of Christ!
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. Ephesians 6:13
GIRD YOUR WAIST WITH TRUTH
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth. Ephesians 6:14
To gird is to encircle or fasten, to invest, especially with power and authority, to prepare and brace. The word always tells us to stand, not to run and never to turn your back on the enemy, there is no armor for your backside!
The truth of God's word is His will for our lives and destiny to know His plan and purpose for His people. It is the training manual for life! The devil knows it backwards and forwards and will at times even use it to deceive you. There have been hundreds of denominations, cults and doctrines of demons started by taking scripture out of context! This is why we must study His word so that truth will gird us and surround our lives, protecting us from false prophets and false prophecy!
Jesus said that the truth would set us free, but it is the truth you know and understand in the Spirit that will set you free! The Bible holds thousands of promises for His people, but unless you know what they are and believe they are for you, they are useless to you!
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Put on the breastplate of righteousness. Ephesians 6:14
The breastplate of righteousness guards your heart by knowing who you are in Christ. When one is born again he is counted as righteous by the Lord, not of his own but imputed by God! We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Jesus began His ministry by being baptized by John in the Jordan river and immediately the heavens opened and God said to Him in an audible voice, "You are My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." Then the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove baptizing Him with power from on high!
From there Jesus proceeded to enter the wilderness on a 40 day fast to be tempted by the devil! Satan is a fisherman and a hunter, patient to wait for a straggler, or the infirm, old aged and the very young! Jesus was exhausted, hungry, and thirsty and the devil tried to take advantage of His need by saying to Him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." What audacity for the devil to think Jesus didn't know who He was or to Whom He belonged! So, if he will try this on Jesus what will you do when he pulls it on you! Do you know who you are?
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. I Peter 5:8,9
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin