“God’s Word, the 3rd Piece of God’s Armor” 4/05/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @  www.Godsmanforever.com

       (revised from 1/20/2011)

 

“God’s Word, the 3rd Piece of God’s Armor” (Day 4)

 

 (For the first  3 days writing…type 4/02-04/2017, as separate dates into the search window of   www.Godsmanforever.com)

Ephesians 6:17… And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (NKJV)

I am writing about this entire “Whole Armor of God”, for any Christian that believes they are saved by the grace of God, and “born again” as a new creation; but seem to be missing something in their lives…  As Christians we should be striving to be consistently filled with (obedient to the leading of) the Holy Spirit…Ephesians 5:18-20…   As I wrote yesterday, if we are missing any piece, or pieces, of God’s armor, we will be vulnerable to Satan’s attacks and our own evil flesh…

With any piece of God’s armor missing, we will be tempted to sin, with Satan constantly pulling at us to return to the world and our old way of living… God will not fully bless us, as He will His obedient children that are filled with the Holy Spirit, and living Christ centered lives…  This is why it is so very important to learn about, and then put on the “Whole Armor of God”…Ephesians 6:10-20…       [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20&version=ESV ]

I think it important to re-emphasize what the apostle Paul pens as the reason for wearing all of God’s armor, in… Ephesians 6:11… “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”   Christians need to wear the entire set of armor God provides…every piece…or there will be a chink in the armor, as I call it…  This chink (or worse, one or more missing pieces), will allow Satan to find a way to enter your life and try to bring you down…

How can anyone be protected from Satan and his bag of sinful tricks, if they don’t even know which part of their armor is missing?  This brings me to the 3rd piece of God’s spiritual armor, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God;”

Everything we know about God and Jesus, His resurrected Son, we have either learned from a teacher, a friend who shares their faith, from preaching at church, or directly from God’s Word…  All who write or preach about God, should get their information directly from God’s Word…  Anything preached, spoken, or written about that is not found in the Bible, is not truth, and should not be followed…

God’s Word, “the sword of the Spirit”, is the only offensive piece of God’s 6 piece set of spiritual armor…  How can anyone win a battle if they have no offense?  It’s just like football…  No one can win if all they have is a good defense…  To keep ourselves totally equipped to fend off Satan and our own sinful flesh, we must be in God’s Word every day…  God’s Word will give us spiritual wisdom… God’s Word is where God will talk to us… God’s Word is where we are fed more than just milk, like a baby…  We cannot grow in our spiritual wisdom, if we don’t learn about the “meat” of the Word…  Paul writes about this in…

Hebrews 5:13-14… For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  (NKJV)

Jesus Himself, tells us this, in Matthew 4:4…  But he answered, “It is written,  “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”  (ESV)

Spending time in the Bible, to learn more about what God wants from us, and to grow in our spiritual maturity, is absolutely essential as a key part of God’s armor… You will never be fully equipped with God’s full set of spiritual armor without feeding (hopefully daily), upon God’s inerrant Word, the Bible… It is only by being Spirit filled, and then remaining obedient to God’s Word, with no chink in your armor, that you can remain walking in the Spirit…Galatians 5:16…  God’s maximum blessings are there for His faithful, obedient children… It is worth the time to find any weaknesses you may have in your set of God’s spiritual armor…

Heavenly Father, I pray that readers will look at this study on Your complete set of protective armor, with a new-found enthusiasm for what it takes to remain walking in sweet fellowship with You…  Help all of us Father, to search for missing components of Your 6 piece set of spiritual armor…so that we may live our lives as protected as humanly possible from Satan, and all of the lusts of the world that he uses to take our eyes off the Lord…  I pray for Your urging of our hearts and minds to be opened and in a daily search for the truth from Your Word…in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake I pray…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce

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