Book of Rememberance

Malachi 3:16

Armour of God?

on November 14, 2011

Ephesians 6:14

This is one of those topics that if you have been a christian for a while or gone to church any length of time will surely have come up. And rightly so. We need it!

In fact I can say for myself that I have not learned nearly enough about it! I’m still not really sure exactly what it all means or exactly HOW to do this. Any insight would be Greatly appreciated! Please!

I studied it out a bit and have much, much more studying to do I know, but at any rate these are a few of the notes I made.

One of the things I found interesting is that often I had heard that perhaps Paul was using the idea about the Armour because he was chained to a Roman soldier. This is very possibly true, however, these verses are by no means unique to Paul’s writing or the New Testament. “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head” (Isaiah 59:17). I thought that was pretty cool!

Another thing that I have heard a few times through teachings is that there is no armor for the back. God has made no provision for running away from the battle, we are to stand!

Belt of Truth: not an accessory, but necessity. It is required piece of armor! Jesus is our center and His truth is meant to center us and hold everything in place.

Breastplate of Righteousness: Protects the heart, we are told to guard our heart with all diligence – this is the best way to do that! Not our righteousness but the kind provided by God and is the righteousness of God! (phil.3:9)

Shoes of the Gospel of Peace: Bring Jesus and Peace everywhere we go/step. How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! (Nahum 1:15, Is. 52:7, Romans 10:15)

ABOVE ALL –shield of Faith: It blocks/ hides us. This got me thinking about how God Hides us! We are hidden in God is says throughout Psalms for example 119:114 even Calls God our Shield!! 32:7 our hiding place. and 1 John 5:4 tells us exactly why this is Above ALL –“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith”.  Colossians 3:3 Tells us we are hidden in God!

Helmet of Salvation: Well Christ is our head! We are protected by salvation. I picture (maybe not correctly but whatever) a helmet that covers the whole head and face. So in that case our thoughts are to be filtered through salvation we have the mind of Christ! (1 cor. 2:16) When we speak it is through saved lips, and whatever we hear comes through saved ears and spiritual hearing, just as what we see much be filtered through saved/ spiritual eyes.

Sword of the Spirit: The word of God! But it is our weapon. Soldiers aren’t just given weapons and then sent to battle. They are trained! They spend hours learning how to wield the sword – likewise we need to be trained for battle, taught and practice using the sword appropriately and which “technique” or “move” for which situation. But another amazing thing I learned is that the meaning in Greek of the word sword is actually what we would say in english more specifically to be a dagger. It is not a big long sword! That was amazing to me. The battle is close at hand – within arms reach and we need to be trained how to use our weapon appropriately! (interestingly Romans were the fist to use dagger like swords and the soldiers were heavily trained in technique and tactic to overcome their enemies who had the long traditional swords – fascinating stuff!)

And lastly in the KJV there is no period between the last sentence of sword of spirit and the next sentence of praying for all things in the spirit. That made me thing it kinda goes together. When we pray Gods word out loud something happens in the spirit realm, things are shifted, and damage is done to the enemy. Interceding for all saints and that those (and us) but those in the position to declare the Word of God, would have utterance and speak boldly and declare  the Gospel!. Paul needed that and so do we and our leaders, missionaries, and teachers today. Pray, Pray, Pray and be strategic in your prayers. This is true war, and we are in the midst of the battle this very moment!

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.(Eph. 6:12)

The command (not suggestion!) therefore is intentional. PUT ON, God wont do it for you, He Provides the Armor but WE must put it on! This also is an active Command, there is a Doing that takes place. It wont just be on us but we must do the act of PUTTING ON!

Thank you Lord for providing us with everything we need to stand firm in this time You have placed us. May we be courageous for You and Your kingdom! Teach us how to correctly use our Swords and how to PUT on our WHOLE Armor, in Jesus Most Powerful Name.

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2 responses to “Armour of God?

  1. Great post…very informative. Thanks.

  2. Bree says:

    Thanks! Still so much to learn. Any thoughts or revelation would be well appreciated! 🙂

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