Comfort or Security?
Armor of GOD
It’s important that we do this show today on this subject. I am going to place this on the blog too. It’s that important…
“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” Eph 6:12
How fashionable are you? Most people put many things onto their body, but Armor is not one of them. They use jewelry, makeup, fancy clothes and shoes and yet they don’t even realize where most of those things originate…they originate from the fallen angels.
It seems natural, placing items on the natural body, with natural purposes but what about the supernatural. Are you naked? What do you wear?
Did you know from birth we are all assigned a demon? And if your family has been into the occult then most likely you have more than one demon, probably several. And the bulk of your problems are spiritual, and their is a large number of demons planting ideas and mindsets bringing people into bondage.
All the devil need do is sow a seed, and then he waits and lets it grow until it spreads…like a fungus. And if your not protected it will affect every aspect in your life. It will smother out any connection you have with GOD, if you allow it.
How can we protect ourselves? We use Armor! GOD provides us with that Armor. It’s called the “Armor of GOD”.
We’re at war, people!
The Bible depicts countless battles. From Genesis to Revelation, its pages reveal there are both physical and spiritual wars raging.
It is estimated that more than 14,500 wars have been fought from 3600 B.C. to present day—and that number keeps rising. In fact, during the same time period, there have been 5,300 plus years of war … and only 292 years of peace.
The battleground for this intense spiritual struggle is not some piece of earthly real estate; it is the human heart and the immortal soul.
I was disappointed to find that Saul’s armor did not fit David and that Goliath’s armor was useless against David’s stone. I also discovered that a stray arrow found a crack in Ahab’s armor, killing the wicked king. “So much for the value of armor!” I thought. But then I realized that we are not called to wear the faulty body armor of Saul, Ahab, or Goliath. Rather, we must put on the unfailing armor of God!
Why don’t more people use it our Armor. Some don’t even know about it, while others choose not to. But why would they?
The flesh likes being comfortable. We live to get off work relax on the recliner and watch some tube. We love soft bed, casual clothes, and everything easy. That’s why technology is so perfectly utilized. We’re lazy. And we pay the price for this laziness.
Armor is rigid, uncomfortable and hard to get use to.
The Roman helmet, like helmets today, protected the head from the attacks of the enemy.
Helmets are hot and sweaty. But, there’s a difference between wearing a helmet and simply owning one. Helmets are a form of security. Most of us have used a helmet of one kind or another. In sports, on a bicycle or motorcycle, in the factory or on a construction site, or in the military. Failure to have the proper helmet can prove fatal.
The same is true for the supernatural. The brain is a fragile organ. Satan knows exactly how to attack it. The brain must be encased in the gospel (The Word of GOD) but it’s so much easier to daydream than to think.
Belt of Truth
In Bible times, the girdle about the waist held together the soldier’s garments, which might otherwise hamper his movements while marching or engaging in combat. The spiritual significance is that God does not simply want us to point at the truth; He wants us to wear it and have it wrapped about us. Not only does the belt hold everything in place, but it also serves to carry the sheath that holds the sword of the Spirit for ready access. Some people have the sword of God’s Word, but without the belt of truth they come to reckless conclusions.
Breastplate of Righteousness
The breastplate was an important article of defense that protected the front torso and all of the vital organs from a mortal wound. It was often composed of a solid piece of metal, but it could also contain numerous small pieces that were sewn to cloth or leather that overlapped much like the scales of a fish. These scales could number as many as 700 to 1,000 per “coat.” When the sun shone directly on the armor, it could become very hot. So to avoid being burnt, or even pinched, by the moving metal plates, the soldiers always wore a sturdy robe under the armor.
A breastplate makes you immobile and hard to move, very confining. But once we alter it to fit our body, mind and soul it becomes a permanent feature.
Shield of Faith
The warrior’s shield was his first line of defense. Usually made of wood or bronze, it was often big enough to protect the whole body when the soldier crouched down under a hail of arrows.
The enemy is constantly firing volley after volley of those flaming arrows of carnal desire. The purpose for this shield of faith was to deflect the fiery darts of the enemy and prevent them from ever making contact. Multitudes of Christians fall on the battlefield and fail to overcome evil because they wait until they are immersed in the fires of temptation before making any effort to resist. At that point, it is often too late. As soon as you recognize a fiery dart sailing toward you, there is no time to lose. Hold up that shield of faith and do everything in your power to keep as much distance as possible between you and the temptation. If we yield without a fight, we are in reality inviting temptation.
The shield was not held loosely in the soldier’s hand, but was firmly strapped to his forearm so he could resist the mighty blows of an enemy’s sword without fear of dropping it. Likewise, Christians cannot afford to have a flimsy faith while in the heat of spiritual battle.
The shields of old were also often of a distinctive nature, sometimes marked with the insignia or name of the king to help soldiers avoid fighting their own comrades in the confusion of battle. In the same way, when the devil sends his flaming arrows of temptation, we are to hold up the shield bearing the name of our King of kings, Jesus. Through faith in His name, we can resist any enticement.
Shoes of Peace
Walking barefoot hurts! It’s uncomfortable, but spiritually people do it everyday. In short, shoes allow us to step freely and without fear while we turn our full attention to the battle at hand. Imagine a fully armed soldier. He has his sword, his shield, his helmet, his breastplate and his belt…but his feet are completely bare.
The sandals of the Roman soldier often were fitted with nails, or armed with spikes, to make the hold firm in the ground. God’s good news and our mission—our marching orders—to preach it serve as our firm foundation.
Just as shoes allow us to walk on otherwise painful terrain without fear, then the preparation of the gospel of peace allows us to sustain painful trials and tribulations of life without fear, knowing that what awaits is greater than anything we could possibly suffer in this world.
When we truly allow ourselves to take comfort in the promises of GOD, there is nothing from outside ourselves that can trouble our hearts or give us reason to be afraid.
Sword of the Spirit
The sword was the most common weapon in battle. Indeed, the word “sword” appears 449 times in Scripture. The other armaments in God’s arsenal are defensive in nature, but the sword is primarily an offensive weapon. In fact, the sword of God’s Word is what Jesus used against the devil.
It is also called a two-edged sword because it is to be used both against the enemy and for personal use.
Ancient soldiers also used their swords for cooking, splitting kindling, and for cutting the ropes that bound their captives to set them free. Likewise, the Word of God is a practical tool for every area of life, as well as in fighting the devil. In Bible times, there was no stainless steel. A sword unused became rusty, dull, and pitted. Swords were kept clean by frequent use or by honing them against a stone (the Rock of Ages) or another soldier’s sword. “Iron sharpeneth iron” (Proverbs 27:17). Likewise, when we study the Bible with others, our skill in the Word is sharpened. A soldier traveling in enemy territory never left his sword out of reach.
Lastly…Invisible Force Field
I like to call it the Invisible Force Field. Prayer. It protects you more than you realize. It’s an invisible shield which allows you to protect the Armor from being hit!
If you don’t have the holy ghost, you are going to fall for one of the many deceptions to come. Satan took a third of God’s own angels with him, what chance would we have without God? All of these people around us are being subjected to enchantments daily. This is flat out witchcraft, it’s in their music. Listen to a Miley Cyrus song and see if it doesn’t stick in your head all day long. That’s what it is designed to do, just like in Noah’s day where “evil was on the minds of men constantly”. Music was created so that the angels could pray without ceasing, when Satan fell he perverted it. It was supposed to be a gift of God, it still can be, because it goes both ways. Play gospel in the background throughout the day. And just like with evil in Noah’s day, God will be on your mind constantly on a subconscious level. Because this is where Satan attacks us, he operates on that level when we don’t.
The armor is not a fashion statement its an encasement , with regular use it will not be foreign and eventually it will fit properly, and the sooner you become a true soldier. The easier it will be to fend off deep wounds to the body, and even your soul.