Bible Ballistics:New Year Advice! January 5, 2014 Vol.3 No.8
As we are jumping into this new year of 2014, I’d like us to revisit a topic that will help us face the challenges we face each year, each day, in fact.
First, let’s remember who delivers us.
Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Jesus, our substitute, paid the debt we owed because He loves us. God ‘laid on HIM the iniquity of us all’. As an old song says, “I owed a debt I could not pay, He paid a debt He did not owe. I needed someone to take my sin away…” Jesus willingly became that “someone” for me? Have you called on Him for yourself? If not, He’s waiting for YOU.
Once we know Him, we don’t begin a walk in the rose garden, instead we become soldiers of the cross and we must arm ourselves accordingly. That’s what I’d like to talk about today. Our need to ‘put on our armor’ to be able to ‘stand fast’. Of course, our scripture to address this issue is Ephesians 6:10-18. I encourage you to memorize these verses and literally put on your ‘armor’ every day. I do this every morning before I get up. We must prepare-let’s go.
“10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Depend on God’s strength not your own.
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Who’s power are you depending on?
“11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
We have an enemy of our soul and we CAN resist him,
1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
All Christians are in the battle! Are you AWOL?
“12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
The battle we are in involves the unseen and we must keep our eyes on GOD—not our circumstances.
2 Cor. 4:18, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal?”
Are you looking at the temporary or the eternal?
“13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
We MUST put on our armor–
God instructs it,
He provides it and
He will direct our use of it.
Psalm 37:23-24, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”
Are you suited up?
“14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”
Truth and Righteousness—
John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
JESUS IS TRUTH?
2 Cor. 5:21, “ For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Is JESUS your Truth and your RIGHTEOUSNESS?
“15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
Romans 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
JESUS IS the GOSPEL OF PEACE–peace with God.
Do my footprints show the way to peace with God?
“16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
It’s not just my ‘faith’
but it’s the OBJECT of my ‘faith’.
Phil. 3:9 says, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
JESUS—is HE the object of your FAITH?
“17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
Salvation and the Word.
Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
ONLY JESUS SAVES!
2 Timothy 3:15-16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
JESUS IS THE WORD—
Do you know Him,
read His Word and
will you stand with and
“18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Prayer is KEY—So PRAY!!
Colossians 1:3, “We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,”
1 Thess. 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”
And Jude 1:20-21, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
shouldn’t I be diligent to pray?
To live Romans 11:26, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
It’s all about JESUS—
through HIM and
So, –Suit up,