“The Armor Of God” Part 2

Posted: August 15, 2014 in Christian Life, God's Will, James, Promises, Replacement Theology, Salvation, Security

Although the Devil/demons can only tempt Christians after they have secured permission from God (Job 1:12; 2:6; Ephesians 6:13; Luke 22:31), their attacks seem to be harder to resist and may last for a longer period of time (Job 1, 2). But with the power that comes from God (Philippians 3:10; 4:13), Christians can be victorious over any and all temptations that come our way (Romans 8:37; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 4:4). Our spiritual enemies include the Devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system. When resisting the Devil, we must use the armor of God that includes the –

Shield Of Faith. This piece of the armor involves our faith (trust) in God and His Word, particularly as it relates to His promises that have been given to us as Christians who live in the “Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:1-12). Do you know where to find them in the Scriptures? (Ask for our FREE “Dispensational Chart”)  We must not try to claim the promises that were given specifically to the Jews. Doing this has caused a lot of people to become disappointed or angry at God for not fulfilling their expectations. Were you or are you being misled by someone who is teaching you a heresy?  We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology.” (http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html)

Application. First, we must know the promises of God. Then we must claim them by faith and make them our own (Hebrews 4:2). Sometimes the fulfillment of these promises may be delayed, but if God said it, we can/should believe it. Wait patiently for Him to keep His Word (Galatians 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:10). He is faithful to His Word, because He is truthful (John 14:6). He has the ability to do what He promises to do because He is omnipotent (Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8). He cannot deny Himself or go back on His promises (1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Timothy 2:13; James 1:17).

Faith. It is one part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). God supplies it to Christians who have their known sins confessed to Him (1 John 1:9), and who are filled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Unconfessed sins grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30). We quench Him and render Him inoperative in our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:19) when we deny or say “no” to Him and refuse to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Romans 8:14; James 4:17). His leading will never contradict the Scriptures. Once saved, we can’t get rid of the indwelling Holy Spirit (John 14:17).

Fiery Darts. When a maturing Christian is being attacked by the devil, he must be aware of the fact that the Devil may change the circumstances around him or his opportunities to sin (Job 1, 2). Instead of being attacked in just one area, the Devil may tempt us from multiple angles so as to get us to sin (1 John 3:4) and render us ineffective in our service to God (John 15:5; Philippians 3:10; 2 Timothy 2:24-26). Do you feel “washed up” and “out of commission” due to some sins you’ve committed? Then change your mind (repent) and confess your known sins to God (2 Corinthians 7:9; 1 John 1:9). Claim God’s forgiveness. Make yourself available to Him by yielding yourself and the members of your body to God (Romans 6:11-14, 12:1, 2).

Doubt. Since man’s first days on earth, Satan has tempted human beings to doubt God and His Word (Genesis 3:1). He used and continues to use the “allegorical” method to interpret the Bible. It changes the clear meaning of words into something completely different than that which God intended to convey to us. Although this method was/is used primarily in the area of eschatology (future things), it is sometimes used to interpret other teachings in the Scriptures. The Apostle Peter warned Christians about this deception (2 Peter 3:16). We must rightly see and make Biblical distinctions between the rules in the Old Testament and the New Testament (2 Timothy 2:15). While all the Scriptures are to be believed, not all of it is to be believed and practiced by Christians (Titus 1:9). The shield of faith must be used to overcome the temptation to doubt God and His Word. Are you doing this? He rewards believers who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Helmet Of Salvation. A Christian’s past tense of salvation occurred when he placed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9). Our present tense salvation is based on Christ’s current session (ministry) in heaven where He intercedes for those who belong to Him (Hebrews 7:25). He can’t/won’t lose any believer (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 4:30). All true Christians are eternally secure in Christ (Romans 8:35-39).

Discipline. The fact that God disciplines all His children who “get out of line” and will do whatever it takes to transform them into Christ’s image (Romans 8:29; 12:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 3:18), guarantees their eternal security (Hebrews 12:5-11). Every person starts out life as a child of the Devil and needs to be born from above (John 3:3, 16; 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). Once saved, God expects us to start acting like Christians (Galatians 2:20). He puts His desires in us and empowers us to do His desirous will (Philippians 2:13; 4:13). Our future tense salvation will take place at the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). This is when our bodies and souls (emotions) will be saved (Romans 8:23; 1 Peter 1:9).

Application. When we metaphorically put on the helmet of salvation, and think about all that Jesus (the God-man) provided for us when He saved us, we will be able to overcome discouragement (Job 19:7-12), disappointment (Job 3:3-10, 17:1, 13, 16), cowardice (2 Timothy 1:7; Luke 22:31-33; 1 John 4:4), and an unforgiving spirit (2 Corinthians 2:10, 11; Ephesians 4:31, 32).

Trials. The Christian’s trials in life came to pass, not to stay with us forever. In heaven there will be no more tears, death, sorrows, or pain (Revelation 21:4). Not all who die R.I.P. (Rest In Peace) in their graves (Luke 16:19-31). Consider the unbeliever’s everlasting fate (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8). Where will you spend eternity? Why should God let you into His heaven? Read Ephesians 2:8, 9 and Titus 3:5. Ask for help if you are not sure about your eternal destiny (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13).

Riches. Every Christian has been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer has identified in the Scriptures about 33 major things that transpired the moment a person placed his/her faith in Christ alone for salvation. Discover some of the Christian’s spiritual blessings found in Ephesians chapter 1.

Sword Of The Spirit. This piece of the metaphorical armor is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). In the Greek language (in which the New Testament was written) the word is “rhema,” not “logos.” The “logos” often refers to the entire Word of God (The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments – John 17:17), whereas “rhema” refers, in this passage, to individual words or sayings that can/should be used to respond to the temptations to use filthy speech (Ephesians 4:29) rather than appropriate words in any given situation. What we say or don’t say in our conversations with others conveys messages to them. The avoidance of foul language doesn’t necessarily mean that a person is a Christian (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Our language should be pure (Proverbs 15:26) and edify others (1 Thessalonians 5:11), rather than tear them down (Galatians 5:15). What effect do your words have on others?

Our Words. The Psalmist prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer” (Psalm 190:14). “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). The Apostle Paul wrote, “In everything (in the midst of it) give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). For this reason, we must guard our hearts with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).

Thoughts. “…whatever things are true…noble…just…pure…lovely…[and of] good report…mediate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). The blessed man doesn’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit down with the scornful. Instead he delights and meditates in God’s law (Psalm 1:3). The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to meditate on Biblical truth (1 Timothy 4:15). Don’t engage in transcendental meditation (T.M.) and many forms of what is called “contemplative prayers.” (http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-meditation.html)

Busybody. When a Christian is focused on being what God wants him to be, and doing and saying what God wants him to do and say, he, at that moment, won’t be engaged as a busybody in other people’s business.

Caution. Let’s be aware of the Devil’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11) and take the Biblical steps to overcome him when he tempts us. “Greater is He (God) who is in us than he (the Devil) who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Contact. We desire to help those who sincerely want to know and do God’s will. If you’re teachable and willing to change when you see truth from God’s Word, contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com.

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