What is Armor for?

 Protection!

We need Spiritual armor

to do battle with Satan.

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The armor is needed so that we may be able to stand against

the wiles of the devil.  

 We need to be aware of the devices of Satan

and how cruel he can be to the unprepared.

We must use every piece of God's Armor 

so that we will be armed, ready, and able to stand safe

against all of the strategies and tricks of Satan.


 

Without the whole armor, in the

heat of the battle,

we can expect ineffective service

and defeated lives.

 

 

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Therefore we must put on the full Armor of God,

so that when the day of evil comes, we

may be able to stand our ground,

and after we have done everything, to stand.

 

Spiritual warfare is a reality.

The armor is a method for

victory!


Let us lay aside the deeds of darkness

and put on the armor of light.

Rom 13:12

 

Satan (our enemy) desires to destroy our lives

and keep us from the great purposes God has for us (I Peter 5:8).

The enemy is extremely cunning

and strategic in how he attempts to wreck our lives! 

 

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can

take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”.

Ephesians 6:11

 Put on the whole Armour of God

Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Put on the full armor of God

so that you can take your stand

against the devil's schemes.

 

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,

but against the rulers, against the authorities,

against the powers of this dark world

and against the spiritual forces of evil

in the heavenly realms.

Therefore let us put on the full armor of God,

so that when the day of evil comes,

we may be able to stand our ground,

and after we have done everything, to stand.

 

To “Stand” means to remain in an upright position.

To remain unchanged in one’s opinion, attitude, point of view,

to resist hostilities, and to hold one’s ground. 

Not giving in to contraction. 

 

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist,

with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

and with your feet fitted with the readiness

that comes from the gospel of peace.

 

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,

with which you can extinguish

all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

 

Take the helmet of salvation,

and the sword of the Spirit,

which is the Word of God.

Ephesians 6:10-17

 

In this passage, Ephesians 6:11,

a person is standing against the wiles of Satan.

 These can come into a person’s mind

as thoughts or suggestions from others.

You may wonder, “Where did

that thought come from,” or may

even think it is your own thought.

Satan can insert thoughts

into our mind.

On the other hand, you may

hear what someone else says. They

both can be a wile of the devil.

We are  surrounded by a world that

operates on hard facts.

 

The Spiritual side of life seems so unreal in this age,

yet, its existence is very much a reality.

The enemy of our faith, Satan, is a foe

that must be fought on a Spiritual battle field.

Satan's deceptive forces are

"Powers of this dark world."

 

 

Satan is a scammer and manipulator.

 

He preys on those who will fall for his

 

preposterous propositions.

 

Satan shows the bait and hides the hook.
 
 Unfortunately, some stumble knowingly into the arms of Satan
 
even though Scripture clearly forewarns them that
 
“The wages of sin is death.”
 
Romans 6:23
 
 

 The greatest deception of Satan is to prompt everyone in the world

to believe that he is not Satan.

He wants people to believe that he is a righteous spiritual being

who has nothing but the interest of all human beings on earth

as his chief desire.

He wants people to believe that his ultimate goal

is to promote our welfare and prosperity.

Satan is the worst of the worst,

he projects himself to the world as the best of the best.

 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,

but the simple pass on and are punished.
 
Proverbs 22:3

Christ Jesus accurately called Satan a murderer

from the beginning.

He goes about as a roaring lion to devour whom he might,

but the impression that Satan wishes to give of himself is utterly different.

He wants to express to the world the very opposite characteristics.

 

Satan's tactics...

most people in the world do not recognize as originating from him.

It is time for people in the world to be introduced to the methods

of the real Satan, the Satan that most people do not know.

For the first time some people will finally discover just what Satan is

concocting to influence human kind and why you and I should recognize

that we ourselves have been deceived by Satan and that we need to

resist him and his deceptive ways. 


The following reflects some of Satan's tricks

 to get us to lose faith.
 

 

*Satan tells us to look only at the problem.
 
He wants us to be
 
trapped in our own circumstances.
 
 
*He wants us to think God's grace
 
is unattainable.
 
 
*He tries to get us, to act before we think.
 
 
*Satan wants our faith bombarded with doubt.
 

*He will use our loved ones,

those closest to us, to hurt us

and discourage us... and encourage us to

curse God and die.

 

*Satan wants us to be of the world,
 
under siege, and think like the world...
 
setting our minds on the riches
 
and things of the world.
 

Always remember and never forget:

To win over the enemy...

we need to know who the enemy is.

Satan shows the bait

 and hides the hook.

 

 
 
 Satan is more clever than most people imagine.
 
The deceived includes even the most learned and intellectual people of this world.
 
 

The battle ground is in one's mind,

which directs one’s actions.

This is where prayer and knowledge of scripture

is necessary. 

 

 
 
 The armor of God is activated in our lives
 
through prayer.
 
  
 We can pray on each piece of armor.
 
The armor activates God's power all day long
 
as we encounter the battles of life. 
 

 Be strong in the Lord,

and in the power of His might.

 

 

  Put on the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to stand

against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against

flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against

spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:10-18


 Wherefore take unto you the whole Armor of God, that ye

may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done

all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about

with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of

peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye

shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the

Spirit, which is the Word of God: Praying always with all

prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching

thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all

saints;

 

God's Helmet of Salvation,

protects our thoughts.

 

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God's Breastplate of

Righteousness

protects our emotions.

 

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Girding up the loins of our mind

with the truth of God's Word

helps us to know, live, walk and

share the truth. 

 God's Girdle of Truth,

needs to be buckled around our

waist.

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Stand therefore, having your loins girt with truth.

Ephesians 6:14


God's Shoes of Peace are fitted upon our feet with the

readiness to be vessels of God's Peace;

spreading the Good News!

Peace from God provides us with emotional and Spiritual stability.

Anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, and fear

are tools Satan uses to steal our peace.

 

"You will keep in perfect peace all

who trust in You, whose thoughts

are fixed on You!"

Isaiah 26:3  


We take up God's Shield of Faith

 so that we will always trust and believe God.

In doing so, we will be able to extinguish

all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

 We take up God's Sword of the Spirit,
 
which is the Word of God,

in doing so we know who we are and Whose we are.

 

   For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,

but against persons without bodies,

against the rulers, against the authorities,

against the powers of this dark, unseen world,

 against the spiritual forces of evil,

against satanic beings and great princes of

darkness in the heavenly realms.

 

Therefore we must put on the full Armor of God,

so that when the day of evil comes, we may be able to

stand our ground, and after we have done everything, to stand.

God's Word is a powerful weapon against our enemy

when it's used under the spirit's power and direction.

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This is the promise from the Lord of Hosts

whose Words are sealed for eternity and never returns void.

Because these Words are said by God almighty

Who holds everything, even the earth, stars and the galaxies together

by the power of His Words.

Let us be assured that there is nothing...

no problem that can gain victory over you.  

 


May We Spiritually Dress For Success.

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can

take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”.

 

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