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Hebrews 11:6… But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (NKJV)
Chapter 11 of the Book of Hebrews, is all about faith. We see in…Hebrews 11:1 & 2… Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. (NKJV)
No one can see God. We must believe in faith that He exists. No one can come to God, and become a Christian in God’s eyes, without this saving faith…as we read from Hebrews 11:6 above… “for he who comes to God must believe that He is”.
We must believe in faith that Jesus Christ was born to shed His blood on the cross, so that those who believe Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again…can seek Christ in faith alone (not by works done…Ephesians 2:8-9), with godly sorrow and a repentant heart…asking Christ to forgive their lifetime of sins, and to take over their lives, as Christ becomes their personal Lord and Savior. (The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ – see 1 below)
We can’t see Satan either, but it is by faith in God and His power, that we are able to defeat Satan, by wearing God’s WHOLE set of spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-20 – see 2 below). This protective spiritual armor, penned by the apostle Paul as he sat in a prison cell in Rome seeing the Roman soldier guarding him…lists the shield of faith as the most important piece of God’s spiritual protection. This armor must be put on in it’s entirety by the Christian, to be fully protected from Satan’s attacks.
Ephesians 6:16… above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked one. (NKJV)
Notice that ALL of Satan’s fiery darts can be defeated !! Praise God for His protection from the fiery darts of evil one !! But the “shield of faith” is only 1 of 6 pieces of God’s spiritual armor, that must be put on by the Christian. God’s WHOLE set of spiritual armor must be worn as a complete set, for protection against Satan, as we read in…
Ephesians 6:11… Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (NKJV)
God’s whole set of spiritual armor can only be put on by reading, understanding, and digesting God’s Word, the Bible, in total faith that every word is truth. God’s Word (the only offensive piece of God’s spiritual armor) is the sword of the Spirit. We read this, in…
Ephesians 6:17… And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (NKJV)
For much more detail about God’s full set of spiritual armor, see 3 below
So if you’re a Christian, make it a priority to put on ALL of God’s spiritual armor by faith, before you start your day. You can’t see this faith…but you will know when you are protected. This spiritual armor is the same as putting on the Lord Jesus Christ…as we see the apostle Paul pen, in…
Romans 13:12b-14… Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (NKJV)
Heavenly Father, we thank You, and we praise You for who You are. Those of us that You have graced with salvation, are so blessed to be part of Your eternal heavenly kingdom. Help us Father, to put on the Lord Jesus Christ by faith, each and every waking moment of our lives. May we all come to understand and experience Your saving grace…and then to experience walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), fully protected from the world, and the evil that it is embroiled with. I pray for this complete spiritual protection for all of Your redeemed children, in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen..
Blessings in Christ, bruce
1) Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, after first being drawn in by God…John 6:44… https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/gods-group-thoughts-for-7112013-the-truth-about-sin/
2) Ephesians 6:10-20… https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20&version=NKJV
3) Go to http://www.Godsmanforever.com and type 6/28/2014 into the search window, for more on “The Whole Armor of God”