Putting On Your Armor…

Soldiers from Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, pause at the end of a patrol near Wynot, Iraq. This photo appeared on <a href="http://www.army.mil">www.army.mil</a>.

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I am enjoying a study on spiritual warfare.  It’s been absolutely needful, encouraging, and convicting!

What a difference it makes when we begin to recognize the attacks for what they are! Knowing the source of our attacks helps us to begin to “muck” through the lies.

Our enemy is very conniving, and his attacks are always directed “below the belt.”  They can be lethal if not recognized and dealt with properly.

As horrific as the attacks can be at times, the encouraging truth is there is hope and also guaranteed victory for us if we walk in our position in Christ.

In the past, I would have seen this as one more reason to pile on fear.  “What if I am not fighting him properly?  What if I start to believe the lies?”

Here’s the truth:

The armor is something we have because we have Christ.  We are in Him, and He is in us.   — Kay Arthur from Lord? Is It Warfare?  Teach Me To Stand

1 Corinthians 15:57

57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus won our victory at Calvary!

We though are active participants in our victory.  We are “to quell the enemy and hold our position.” (Kay Arthur)

Obedience guarantees victory.  In warfare, there’s nothing to fear but your unbelief and disobedience — and those you determine.

It is each individual’s responsibility to put on the armor; it is not a passive claiming of something which happened at salvation.  We are told to take up the full armor!  It is an act of … believing, embracing, responding.  — Kay Arthur from Lord? Is It Warfare?  Teach Me To Stand

What does our armor look like?  How do we “wear” it?

The Belt Of Truth

You could tell by the way a Roman soldier wore his belt whether or not he was on duty.  If his belt was tight, he was prepared for action.  If it hung loose, he was off duty.

… the belt was essential and foundational to the armor because it kept everything in its proper place.  Truth performs the same function! …It keeps righteousness in its proper place.  How can we know what is truly right or wrong apart from truth?

You must be convinced of the truthfulness, the veracity of God’s Word to be firm in your faith.

If you are not convinced of these things, then the rest of the armor will be useless.

Truth must become at home in your, and you must be at home in it.  Otherwise, you’ll find it easy to diminish it or to add to it.

You can walk in the futility of your mind, or you can walk in truth.

When we meet the Lord Jesus Christ, we encounter truth, pure unadulterated truth.  Jesus is the way, the truth, the life (John 14:6).  His Word is truth (John 17:17).  We have to come to know the truth, and the truth has set us free (John 8:32).

…truth in it love.  — Kay Arthur from Lord? Is It Warfare?  Teach Me To Stand

The belt of truth is imperative for the rest of our armor to function properly.  Truth is our foundation to walk in freedom and power as a Christian. 

There is no spiritual strength or freedom where there is a “foundation” that is built upon mere human reasoning, which changes with the opinions of society.  There is no true freedom where lies are keeping us from fully seeing and living the truth.

John 8:32

32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The Breastplate Of Righteousness

The breastplate — righteousness — is a gift given to every child of God.  Without the Holy Spirit, you could never be righteous, let alone walk in righteousness.  (2 Cor. 5:21)

God’s righteousness has been put to your account.  It is imputed through His death and imparted to your life through His Spirit.  God does not condemn.  God does not accuse.  God convicts of sin and seeks to lead us to repentance.

…we have been declared righteous.  We are also expected to live righteously day in and day out.  When we don’t choose to live this way, we must confess our sins so that the devil has no opportunity to wound us in our vital organs.

The breastplate of righteousness protects us against deadly attacks to our heart.  Our “heart” is the seat of our desires and emotions.  It is what motivates us.  It is the essence of who we are.

This shows how important righteousness is because it is the “armor” God has given to protect our desires, our motivations, our emotions, the essence of who we are.

If you want to know the projection of your life, then know what’s in your heart.  In other words, what’s in our hearts is what is going to determine the direction of our lives.

God is saying that righteousness is that important!

Sin, left unconfessed, within the life of the believer can become deadly.  This is not to condemn us or leave us in fear.  It is to warn us so that we recognize the sin in our lives and repent.

It is so easy to condone, minimalize, or excuse sin in our lives.  I have been guilty of doing that — of overlooking pride, unforgiveness, selfishness, anger.

I love it though when God brings those areas to my attention and says, “It’s time to deal with these…”  He doesn’t say that to condemn me, but He says it because He loves me and wants me to walk in freedom.

Ephesians 4:27

27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

“…sin in the life of a Christian gives Satan a place of occupation, an opportunity.”

The word translated opportunity simply means a place… [occupation]

Any sin that we harbor in our lives, that we know is there and yet we refuse to acknowledge and confess, will give Satan a beachhead for further attacks. 

— Kay Arthur from Lord? Is It Warfare?  Teach Me To Stand

The Shoes Of Peace

If you’re at peace with God and others, then you can withstand almost anything.  But let that peace be disturbed, and you’re in torment.

… peace is so vital to our being able to withstand circumstances…

Paul shows the necessity of the believer’s participation in putting on shoes which will enable him to stand firm when the enemy attacks.

…our position with God is one of peace — peace with God and with those in the body of Christ.

…to stand firm in warfare we must be convinced that we are at peace with God.

If I have done everything I can to walk in peace with God and others, I will be able to stand against the enemy’s accusations.

…anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, and depression — four tactics of the enemy to rob you of peace.

— Kay Arthur from Lord? Is It Warfare?  Teach Me To Stand

It has been said that without proper footwear, a soldier becomes useless.  In order to hold our position, we need to be able to stand.  Our footwear is vital to our ability to stand.

In ancient times, it was common to hide spikes that would penetrate the footwear of enemy soldier’s feet.  Wounded feet would immobilize the soldier.

It’s interesting that our ability to hold our position, to stand in our victory in Christ is to keep short “accounts” with God and others.  Our ability to walk in peace is vital to our position of victory.

What a warning this is against harboring bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts!

Let’s be honest; we have all had people that have offended or wounded us in some way.  The question is, “What do we do with those wounds?”  Holding onto unforgiveness does not punish the offender; it punishes us.  Bitterness is a prison that will keep us in bondage until we release the lock and let go of the hurts.

Forgiveness is a choice we make — not a feeling.

Forgiveness does not ignore the pain, but it allows us to walk free from the bondage of those wounds.  Bitterness keeps us enchained to the wounds of the past so we can never walk free from them.

If you harbor anger and don’t deal with it biblically, then you can know for certain, Beloved, that you are giving the devil an opportunity or place in your life.

“The day of anger should be the day of reconciliation.”

Forgiveness, faith, and obedience would spring anger’s trap.

Healing begins when we are willing to forgive.

…if we are unwilling to forgive, we can’t put on the sandals of peace.  Our feet will be pierced by those barely visible, sharpened spears, and we’ll find ourselves immobilized, our feet infected.

— Kay Arthur from Lord? Is It Warfare?  Teach Me To Stand

The life of a soldier is not easy.  It is fraught with danger, toil, hardships.  Yet, our life as a “warrior” in the Heavenly Kingdom is not one of drudgery or discouragement.  We do have a guaranteed victory!

Even past battles that were “lost” God can redeem when we yield ourselves completely to Him.  Here are some following quotes that will inspire and convict:

You’ll have no peace to stand in, Beloved, if you don’t submit to God.  Meekness is the cure for bitterness.

This is part of the good news of the gospel of peace.  Your Kinsman Redeemer will buy back the trauma, the pain, the disappointments, and use them all to make you more like Jesus.

— Kay Arthur from Lord? Is It Warfare?  Teach Me To Stand

Hoping that this encourages and challenges you as much as it does me!

Stay tuned for more on the armor of God.  There are more pieces to our armor yet to be studied.

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