Bible Ballistics: BBs #209 Suit Up–Today!!!
We talked last time about standing fast, and the assurance that we don’t stand alone. We know that our God stands with us through the person of the Holy Spirit. But we are also to do our part knowing:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13
By the power of the risen Lord, and the indwelling Holy Spirit we can overcome the adversity around us, the trials that confront us, and the opposition toward our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and God the Father! We must remember what Jesus told us about this world, and what we are to expect while living here.
“If ye were of the world,
the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you,
The servant is not greater than his lord.
If they have persecuted me,
they will also persecute you;
if they have kept my saying,
they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you
for my name’s sake,
because they know not him
that sent me.” John 15:19-21
And scripture goes on to give us even more help that we might know how to stand fast in this evil day. We must take up the armor of God—the armor that He has provided that we can victoriously stand in a hostile world.
“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.
14 Stand therefore,
having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod
with the preparation
of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able
all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God:
18 Praying always
with all prayer
in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto
with all perseverance
for all saints;” Ephesians 6:13-18
So what are we called to do? We are called, instructed and encouraged to take unto ourselves the “whole armor of God”, so that we will be “able to withstand in the evil day”! And friends we are in the “evil day”!!! So how do we do it?
We MUST take it up for ourselves, knowing that it is our Redeemer who provides the armor for us, by His indwelling Spirit within us, and by confidence in and knowledge of His Word.
-We must have the belt of Truth—gird about us, holding everything together—only Jesus our Redeemer can do that!
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 (Also see Hebrews 1:1-3)
-Having on the breastplate of Righteousness—already having on by the appropriation of true salvation in Him.
“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.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
-And our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of Peace—the peace of God, which only comes through Jesus. And the good news should be seen in our footsteps all along our way—the good news that Jesus changes us form “enemies of God” to those who have “peace with God” as His own children.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:….. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:1,10
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12
-Taking the shield of Faith, which enables us to deflect the flaming arrows/missiles of the enemy—
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight🙂” 2 Cor. 5:7
-And take the helmet of Salvation—because He has saved us we can walk by “the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh”. And we can do that when we:
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Philippians 2:5
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
-And the Sword of the Spirit—which is the Word of God—
Jesus is the “Word”, the living Word and the author of the written Word. We must be in the Word to know truth, both the person and the written love letter to our hearts and minds—the Bible.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men….14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth..” John 1:1-4, 14
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11
The living Word and the written—IN MY HEART!!!
-Praying always—“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thes. 5:17
Are YOU suited up? Today? It’s imperative for victory!!!