Day 18 – The Armor of God

Armour of God

Day 18 350x275 Day 18   The Armor of GodI shared a little about this in a previous post. That’s one of the great things about this journey with God though – He doesn’t stop helping you to overcome something that’s wrong, until it is completely healed. No matter how many times it has to be dealt with.

I had a lovely QT with God this morning, just dreaming about the future and going over things that are currently happening in my life. I ask Him what to do about these situations and He either brings something to my mind that helps me to see the situation clearly or He leads me on a ‘thought journey’ that explains a little more. There’s always a ‘next step’ to be taken in my day. I may not get a full answer or understanding, but I always get a ‘next step’ – even if that means to do nothing about it for now.

We’re re-decorating our house at the moment and there’s a room that is almost finished. We’ve stripped everything back and we had a last coat of paint to put on so that it can be ready for us to move furniture into tomorrow. I got up and went straight to do my portion of the painting, figuring that the longer it has to dry, the better. After that I got ready for the day and was making breakfast at the time I usually do. Because of the painting and a much needed thorough clean of the kitchen, I hadn’t yet put my make-up on by the time I am normally at my desk. When my schedule is disrupted like that I begin to feel a knot of fear starting to develop in my stomach. It’s the weirdest feeling. It feels like when you’ve been called to the Head Teacher’s office and you know you’re in trouble. The more time I knew I’d be away from my desk, the stronger the feeling got, until my tummy felt like it was tied in knots.

I’m beginning to recognize that this feeling isn’t peaceful, and therefore it’s not from God. That’s my indicator that I need to ask the Holy Spirit for help to correct whatever is wrong.

  • First, I ask Him what it is that is going on. It doesn’t help to try to ‘blanket’ fight everything. You have to know what it is that you’re facing.
  • When I know what it is, I then ask how I must deal with it.

The answer I got was that it was fear that had come up and that I needed to calm down the root thoughts behind it. These thoughts were that if I didn’t complete a certain amount of hours of work today then we would be short of money this month.

(When I say that I got an answer, it’s like a thought comes into my mind and all I need to do is let the fear loose for a bit and see what it’s saying and then I have my answer as to what needs to be gotten rid of.)

 

The Armour Of God in Eph 6:10-18 says this..

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].

14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,

15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the [a]firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness [b]produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.

16 Lift up over all the [covering] shield of [c]saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].

17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit [d]wields, which is the Word of God.

18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

 

At the beginning of my Christian walk, I came across a little template by Kenneth Copeland Ministries that helps you to make the Word personal to you. I’ve adapted it and I just simply take a passage of scripture and do two things..

  • Insert my name and make it personal (like it’s being spoken directly to me)
  • Read, pause and ask “Lord, what do I need to do in this situation?”

So, as this knot sat tightly gripping my insides, I took out my Bible and began to apply the two steps to my current problem. This is what it looked like…

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10 In conclusion Lisa, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

* So, Lisa, when you either a) don’t have the strength you need or b) you don’t know what to do, then draw strength/wisdom/ability from God because you’re connected to Him. He’s got everything you need in order to fix what’s happening.

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11 Lisa, put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

* Lisa, instead of letting the devil run all over you, use the tools God’s given you and you’ll be able to successfully stand up against every lie that the devil is trying to get you to believe. You’ll be able to stand up against every strategy that he’s using to get you off your path!!

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12 Because I am not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

* It’s not what is in front of my eyes (what I can see and what I’m experiencing right now) that is what I need to deal with, it’s whatever is going on in the spirit realm.

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13 Therefore I’m going to put on God’s complete armor, so that I may be able to resist and stand my ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in my place].

* So because the fight is in the spirit realm, I’m going to use the tools that God has given to me to use because I know that those tools will be successful. I’ll then really be able to resist the temptation to sin and stick to my faith in You. Lord, You will then tell me what to do (all that the crisis demands) and once I’ve done that I’ll be standing firmly where I’m safe.

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14 Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,

* As I stand where I’m safe then, I will remind myself of the Truth in this situation – I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control (2 Tim 1:7). My God will meet all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phi 4:19) and even before I was born, You had written in your book
everything I would do. (Psa 139:16) so I don’t need to be afraid of not completing what You sent me to do.

I now have the power of God and I will use it to do what the Holy Spirit tells me to do!

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15 I put on the shoes of the Gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] by it. 

* Everywhere I go and in everything I do, I will show the world what it looks like to be in love with You Jesus. I’m ready to do what You’ve called me to do. Thank You so much for helping me.

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16 Lisa, lift up the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].

* I BELIEVE what God says and NOT what you say satan! God’s plans for me are amazing and I choose to believe what He says! (Just this declaration completely stops anything that the devil has sent to mess with me)

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17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

* I am God’s child! I’ve accepted and received what Jesus did for me and I’m set FREE from having to sin (miss the mark) and I’m doing the best I can every day. I’m free from your manipulation. I’m free from fear. I’m free from poverty and manipulation.

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18 Lisa, pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. Keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

* I pray in the Spirit, on purpose and when You prompt me to Holy Spirit. I know that You then give me the wisdom I need in order to deal with what I’m facing. Thank You so much J

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I tell you – once you’ve done this you’re on fire! You’re so filled up with all the promises of God and all that only He can do, that you feel invincible (and the truth is that you are, because of Jesus).

By the time I’d reminded myself of the Truth of what God says about me and my circumstances, I was not only no longer afraid, but I was raring to go!

The truth is that as soon as we realize that we’re on the wrong thinking track, we just need to ask the Holy Spirit
“What it is that is really going on and what do I do about it?”
He’ll then tell us which piece of the armour to use and once we’ve used it, the situation is resolved. Simply replacing a lie with the Truth. Woohoo!

I am just so amazed by the power of God’s word and the ability it has to do what God sent it to do. As I was marveling at this I thought:

“Success isn’t tied to the amount of hours that I work, but to my obedience to do what You say, when You say to do it”

Simply amazing. The Truth sets us free.

I’ve asked the Holy Spirit to let me know when I’m off track; when I’m believing lies instead of the truth and it’s getting to the stage now that as I go down the wrong thinking path, I hear the correction. I then get to choose if I’ll take God’s way or not. More and more, I choose God’s way. Nothing else even comes close.

 

 

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