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Title: Full Armor of God


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Put On the Full Armor of God
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Christians are involved in a spiritual war.
Believers in Christ are involved in a great
struggle against invisible, spiritual
enemies. We can face our foes with courage,
and we can be victorious. The Bible gives us
these three comforting assurances.
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  • God is in ultimate control
  • The Power of Satan and his followers is limited
    by the presence of Christians
  • Satans ultimate destruction is already
    guaranteed

The devil and his emissaries can go only as far
as the Lord permits.Take Job for instance, Satan
could do only what God allowed.
Believers have been redeemed from the power of
this evil world-system. They are like a
preserving salt in this world.
Christ, by His death and resurrection, has
disarmed principalities and powers. Thank God,
we who know the Lord are on the right side, the
winning side.
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For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers,
against rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the
heavenly places. Ephesians 612
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The Apostle Paul named a number of items that are
part of the whole armor of God.
Ephesians 613-18 Therefore take up the whole
armor of God, that you may be able to resist in
the evil day, and having done everything, to
stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having
girded your waist with truth, having put on the
breastplate of righteousness, and having shod
your feet with the preparation of the gospel of
peace in addition to all taking up the shield of
faith with which you will be able to extinguish
all the flaming missiles of the evil one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in
the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the
alert with all perseverance and petition for all
the saints.
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The whole armor of God
THE BELT OF TRUTH THE BREASTPLATE OF
RIGHTEOUSNESS THE SHOES OF THE GOSPEL THE
SHIELD OF FAITH THE HELMET OF SALVATION THE
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
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When the Believer stands against his spiritual
adversaries, he should be wearing
THE BELT OF TRUTH
In verse 14, the apostle instructed believers to
stand therefore, having girded your waist with
truth.
The idea is that before a soldier can take his
place in the ranks, he must be outfitted and
trained. The believer must be taught truth
accurately. This is the belt of the Christian
soldier. The Roman soldiers belt was tied in
several places to stay in place, so that no
matter how the soldier moved about, fell down,
climbed hills, etc., the belt was always in place
with weapons at the ready. As Christians we
should keep the belt of truth securely with us
and ready to use against Satans army, every
day.
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When the Believer stands against his spiritual
adversaries, he should be wearing
THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
To ward off the attacks of Satan and his evil
emissaries, we must consciously choose to live a
life of obedience, uprightness, and holiness.
When a believers life is characterized by
righteousness, his testimony is effective, souls
are won to Christ, and the power of Satan is
restrained. The devil trembles at the sight of a
godly person. The righteousness of God is basic
protection for the believer. The belt of truth
combined with the breastplate of righteousness is
the basis for the edification of the Christian.
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In order to be victorious, the Christian soldier
must also be wearing
THE SHOES OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
Our feet are to be shod, as Paul said, with the
preparation of the gospel of peace.
By this he meant that we must communicate Gods
good news. Having experienced the peace that
comes through faith in Christ, we should always
be ready to share the gospel with others. In
fact, when we do not witness, we become more
vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy of our
souls. the gospel of peace...we are to be
ready at any time to minister the gospel. Note
that all believers are included in this command.
Every Christian is in full time Christian
service, always on the front line.
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The Christian soldier must also be wearing
THE HELMET OF SALVATION
In the struggle against our adversaries in the
unseen world, we must understand that our faith
has led us into a real, present, and personal
salvation.
Every believer should remind himself often that
he has been redeemed, that he has passed from
death to life, and that he is no longer under
condemnation. This assurance of his salvation
makes him a confident, joyful Christian, and the
kind of person over whom Satan cannot exercise
control. It is the soul which is said to be
saved and the soul is in the head (with its
mentality, volition, self-consciousness, emotion,
sin nature). So it appropriate that the helmet is
used to represent salvation.
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When the Believer stands against his spiritual
adversaries, he should be wearing
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
The apostle was speaking here of the Word of God.
The believer who reads it in faith, who obeys it,
and who proclaims its truths to others put the
devil and his evil helpers to flight.
No Christian can expect to experience victory
without Gods Word. The Lord Jesus, when He met
Satans temptations in the wilderness, countered
with Scripture. In response to each assault He
declared, It is written. The Christian has no
greater means for overcoming the enemy than using
the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.
Maturity and the ability to do God's work comes
through years of study of God's Word and practice
in using doctrinal principles. Read-- 2 Timothy
215.
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Yes, we who are believers are in a spiritual
battle. We are in warfare against supernatural,
invisible members of the unseen world. Therefore,
recognizing that 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 612), let us
take up the whole armor of God.
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To Sum It All UP
THE ARMOR OF GOD1. The armor of God provides
the believer's minimum requirements for success
in the spiritual warfare which exists between the
forces of God and Satan. Eph. 6.112. The
conflict is spiritual rather than physical. 2
Cor. 10.33. Therefore, the weapons employed are
not physical. 2 Cor. 10.4 Eph. 6.124. The use
of these weapons depends on spiritual power from
God, rather than human power, resources or logic.
2 Cor. 4.4 Eph. 6.105. The pieces of the
armor are symbolic to represent the spiritual
issues of preparation, character, service,
defense, security and offense.
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STETE
Eph. 612 Because our combat is not face to face
with human beings but, by contrast, is in
confrontation with demon rulers, military
commanders of Satan, world-rulers of the
darkness, and spirits of evil in the
heavenlies. Ephesians 613 Many ask why God
allows the Angelic Conflict to continue. One
reason is that in every generation, God permits
Satan to use his genius to attack the Plan of God
and the principle of Grace in the plan. Pressures
are brought to bear on believers so that the
divine provisions of Grace may be made
manifest.
Stand Firm
Every believer is a member of the combat team and
is required to take his own part, to stand on his
own. We are armed with spiritual gifts and
equipment, provided by Grace, to fight against
the forces of Satan.
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