Ephesian 6:15-18 (KJV)
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
You are a warrior! This is a statement we can never allow ourselves to forget. We are putting on the power and wisdom of God as we put on His armor every morning.
Let's talk about having our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. We are all carriers of the message of salvation to all those that are around us, The Bible says in Isaiah 52:7 (KJV) 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Proclaiming this message of life and peace with God is part of our armor. Jesus told us to go into all the world and preach His life changing Gospel (Mark 16:15) and with our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, we are ready to do that.
The next piece of our armor is the shield of faith, wherewith we are able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
The word quench in the Websters dictionary means to: subdue or destroy; overcome. Holding the shield in place will protect our whole body and life against the lies of the devil. Notice, it does not only shield us from them but it destroys and puts those fiery darts out.
The devil's fiery darts are full of darkness to bring, fear, distress, worry, and anxiety, but the shield of faith is our faith in the love, light, power and faithfulness of our Father God. That's why we must keep our shield in place at all times. The more we feed on the Word of God daily, the bigger and stronger our shield of faith becomes. First John 5:4 (KJV) 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Your faith is your shield, so never leave home without it.
Next, let's look at the helmet of salvation. A helmet is designed to protect your head. Our success is directly related to our ability to win against the devil's attack against our thoughts. That is why Romans 12:1-2 exhorts us to not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The Word of God renews our mind to believe in our God given salvation in every area of life. We have been made free so we have to renew our minds to believe and stand in faith for the manifestation of our freedom. We must protect our minds with the helmet of salvation by keeping our minds continually being fed by the Word of God.
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, in our mouths. Websters dictionary defines a sword as: a weapon, the symbol of military power, punitive justice, authority, Take note that the word Spirit is referring to the Holy Spirit, God's Spirit, the Spirit of Truth and not our spirit. We need to meditate on that for a while, so we can get a picture of what is happening in the spirit realm when we use the sword of the Spirit, speaking the Word of God. When we speak the Word of God, He is backing every Word spoken with His Power.
Seeing our mouths as one of our primary weapons in life, will help us stop saying what we don't mean and start speaking on purpose. We'll start listening to what the Holy Spirit is revealing to our spirit and speak to the storms in our lives and the lives of other, releasing the POWER of God to destroy the weapons of our enemy. Use your mouth like a precision weapon, because your words determine your victory or our failure.
When we pray with all pray and supplication for all the saints, we are keeping ourselves ready and equipped against our enemy at all times, Only praying for ourselves is very stifling when it comes to growing in the power and the anointing of God. Praying for others in all types of pray and supplication taps us into the different types of anointing, as well as God's wisdom, and spiritual strategies that confound the devil.
In closing, putting on God's armor of Light everyday will allow God through the Holy Spirit to reveal more and more about how to wear and utilize each piece.
As we say goodbye to 2017 and enter into 2018, let's go in determined to live each day as the well equipped victorious warriors, that God has called us to be and put on God's armor of Light daily. We are here to take over, so let's do it!
God Bless you,
Give the Gift of Life, the Word of God.
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