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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group” @ www.Godsmanforever.com
“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ”
Romans 13:14… But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)
All “born again” Christians are saved by God’s grace, and filled with the Holy Spirit by God Himself, the moment God brings them into His family of redeemed children… [See P.S. below, for how to be saved by God’s grace]
But becoming a Christian is just the beginning of a lifelong journey, that can and WILL be filled with life’s richest blessings, if we wake up each and every day and “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” !!
So what does this mean ?? We see a clue as to what the apostle Paul (who wrote the Book of Romans) means, in scripture, just above the opening verse, in…
Romans 13:12b… So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. (ESV)
We see throughout the Bible, the use of the word light to refer to the Lord, in the Old Testament…and to Jesus Christ in the New Testament… Jesus calls Himself “the light of the world”, in… John 8:12… [See 1. Below for 21 Bible verses about light]
John 8:12… Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (ESV)
But we also see the apostle Paul use the word armor, when he tells us to…“put on the armor of light”…
The apostle Paul goes back to the use of the word “armor” again, when he writes the Book of Ephesians, one of the “Prison Epistles” [2.] when he was imprisoned in Rome… I can only imagine that Paul had a Roman soldier stationed outside of his prison cell… Paul tells us this, in…
Ephesians 6:10-12… Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (ESV)
The apostle Paul repeats this most important point again in the next verse… Ephesians 6:13… Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (ESV)
My friends, this scripture written by the apostle Paul is absolutely a most important part of the Christian being able to ward off Satan’s attacks of fiery darts …Ephesians 6:16… You can read the entire scripture about God’s full set of spiritual armor [Ephesians 6:10-20], in 3. Below…
There are 6 pieces to God’s Whole set of spiritual armor… Five of them are defensive pieces of spiritual armor, except for the one offensive piece of armor, the “sword of the Spirit” [Ephesians 6:17], which is the Word of God, the Bible… Anyone not familiar with God’s spiritual armor, is probably not being protected from Satan’s attacks of temptation to sin… Understanding each piece of God’s Spiritual armor is so important, I spent 12 days writing about it several years ago…that you can read about, if you are interested, in 4. Below…
Spending time (hopefully every day) reading and digesting God’s Word, is so important…Jesus Himself tells us about this urgent need for feeding on spiritual food twice, in…Matthew 4:4…&…Luke 4:4…
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)
Friends, if you are not spending time in reading the Bible, you are not feeding you spirit…and I know God cannot be very happy with you, if you are indeed saved by His grace as a redeemed child of God… When Jesus speaks to us through the Word…we can either perk up our ears and listen to His teaching…or we can ignore God’s Word, and suffer the consequences… Trust me…you will be far better off to spend time feeding your spirit !!
For those who say they just don’t have the time to read their Bible every day…I say hogwash !! Check our the app in 5. Below, for an app for reading the entire Bible in a year !! It is now available in ALL audio format…where you can listen to the introduction, the 3 sections of scripture…and the commentary after each of the sections of scripture… No more excuses for not feeding your spirit each and every day !!
Taking the time to read your Bible every day is at first hard to do… But once you start this daily feeding upon the Word of God…you will find that your day is missing the needed nourishment that only God can provide through His inerrant Word, the Bible… As you grow in spiritual knowledge and wisdom as a “born again” believer…you will not only be blessed beyond belief…you will be pleasing your Father in heaven !!
Gracious God and heavenly Father…I thank You and praise You for who You are… I am so thankful for Your living and powerful Word (Hebrews 4:12), that if read, I pray will cut right to the bone and marrow of your dedicated children… I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict each and every believer reading this, that the most important part of their day needs to be spent in a time of prayer to You, and of feeding their spirit with Your Word… May we all learn the importance of “Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ” each and every morning… And may our lives be filled with Your richest blessings for doing so… I pray for all of this in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen…
Blessings in Christ, bruce
Scripture with the word, light – https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-light/
About the prison epistles – https://www.gotquestions.org/prison-epistles.html
God’s spiritual armor scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20&version=ESV
God’s spiritual armor [12 days writing] – https://godsmanforever.com/2015/05/06/12-days-of-writing-titled-gods-whole-set-of-spiritual-armor/
Bible in a year – http://bibleinoneyear.org/
P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !! If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth 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/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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