“A Changed World Can Start with Us” 4/09/2017 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 1/24/2011)

        “A Changed World Can Start with Us” (Day 8)

(For the first  7 days writing…type 4/02-4/08/2017, as separate dates into the search window of   www.Godsmanforever.com)

Ephesians 6:15… and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  (NKJV)

For new readers…Ephesians 6:10-20…is the scripture, where the apostle Paul wrote about “The Whole Armor of God”…  Here is the link for first time readers to read this important scripture for all Christians…  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians6:10-20&version=NKJV

This opening scripture has the Apostle Paul writing about this one piece of “The Whole Armor of God”, that I believe I was missing for over 7 years… I was a born again Christian, but Satan…even though he wasn’t getting through to me with his fiery darts (Ephesians 6:16), was still an extremely effective foe in my daily struggles against him and the world, that is still living under Satan’s iron fist…

Two days ago, I wrote about the need to be wearing all 6 pieces of this protective spiritual armor that God provides for His redeemed children to put on… But put it on we must, or we will not be able to stand our ground in the daily battle between us (with the Holy Spirit’s help)…and Satan, the ruler of this world…

Ephesians 6:11…  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (NKJV)

When we are wearing God’s complete set of protective spiritual armor, and we have finally yielded 100% control of our lives over to God (James 4:7-8)…we become Spirit filled (Ephesians 6:18-20), and Satan is no match against the full power of the Holy Spirit within us…

I am far from perfect, and I have trials I am going through in my personal life…  But we will all go through these trials God either gives us, or allows to happen, to temper our lives…so that we will become a stronger person; just like spring steel after the tempering process…  This tempering of our very souls will make us better able to cope with life’s struggles…

During those 7 years of my life, after God had graced me with salvation…when I had taken back control from the Holy Spirit…I only shared the gospel of Christ, twice…     Satan was still keeping me in sin, as an ineffective Christian…   This sin is called the sin of omission, as written about by the apostle James in…

James 4:17… Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.   (NKJV)

What could be worst that not to obey a direct order from Jesus?  This would be like a child who was just told by their parent to do something, and they just sit there ignoring their parent…   Jesus’ last words to all those watching Him ascend into heaven, are found in…

Matthew 28:19-20… Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  (NKJV)

Making disciples of all the nations, starts with sharing the gospel of Christ with the lost and dying world around us…   This direct neglecting of doing what Jesus commands all Christians to do, is perhaps the biggest victory Satan can achieve in his battles with the Christians’ of the world…  Satan has lost his fight to keep each Christian from the promise of eternal life in heaven…  But by keeping us from sharing the gospel of Christ with those around us, Satan has limited his loss in battle to only one casualty…the ineffective Christian who is sinning by not sharing the gospel of Christ…

[See 2. below for a presentation of the gospel of Christ]

What makes this one chink in our “Whole Armor of God” so pervasive and horrific, is that there is only an estimated 5%-10% of the world’s Christians who have been blessed with planting the seed (sharing the gospel of Christ), that will lead someone to Christ…  [See 1. Below for a link to these statistics]

If all Christian’s put on this one piece of God’s armor, and shod their feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”…and only spoke to one unbeliever, allowing God to grace them with salvation…we would have a tremendous boom in the number of those who will be headed to that place in God’s mansion that Jesus promises His redeemed children in…John 14:1-6…when we pass on from this life…

Satan would be up against a much bigger army; and if each new believer led 1 other person to Christ, I believe the world of sin as we know it today, could and would be dramatically changed !!

If we leave any of the other 5 pieces of God’s armor off, all we will do is hurt ourselves…  Any one missing piece of protective spiritual armor, will allow Satan to enter that chink in our armor, and tempt us to sin…  If we fall prey to Satan’s attacks, and sin…we will be grieving the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), or worse…quenching the Holy Spirit…1 Thessalonians 5:19

We cannot be filled and stay filled with the Holy Spirit, if “The Whole Armor of God” is not worn in its entirety, 24/7…  Satan will find that little foothold, and sin will once again be found pulling down the Christian’s life…  Without the Holy Spirit in charge of all that we say and do…we will be ineffective Christians in our quest to live “Christ centered”, Spirit filled lives…

Heavenly Father, I thank You ever so much for this scripture in…Ephesians 6:10-20…that Your servant Paul wrote while being imprisoned in Rome…  Help all of Your children see the importance of wearing “The Whole Armor of God”…  But Lord, help all of us work extra hard to shod our “feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace”, and to do as Jesus has commanded us to do…to share the gospel of Christ with those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior…  I thank You even now for this strength that will be needed…  I pray for this supernatural strength for each of Your redeemed children, that only You can provide…in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce

References:

  1. http://www.4thgen.org/why-90-95-of-christians-have-never-lead-one-person-to-jesus/

  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… https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

 

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I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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