YOU GOTTA PUT IT ON!
It's easy in this world we live in to think that we are fighting a flesh and blood battle. That people are our problem. They really aren’t. We are in a Spiritual War. Satan is Warring against God and his people.
Now the Devil has already been defeated; but to establish our victory we must Put on the Armor not just take it for granted.
So many in the American church today think it’s all up to God. With some things like ministry and guidance for instance that is true. But when it comes to healing and many other things it’s up to you. You may not like that because it puts the responsibility on you; but that’s the way it is. God has given you authority and the power to back it up in the name of Jesus.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (ESV)
10 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.
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.
14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
1. You must actively do these things
Faith is dead if it is not accompanied by actions
2. Don’t expect God to do what you must do
Which means you can’t expect God to do them for you
If we are told; which we are, in scripture to act and then we are trying to get God to do something; well how is that going to work out?
3. Remember it is God’s Armor
It is powerful. It isn’t like human armor. Remember when David faced Goliath and Saul offered him his armor which didn’t fit physically or spiritually.
Five smooth stones directed by the Holy Spirit are better than any human armor.
4. Remember to use all of the armor
A wise soldier uses all the weapons at his or her disposal.
· Truth=Stand on Truth. Don’t be a waffler
· Righteousness=Right Living (Truthfulness and Right Living in my mind equal integrity)
· Peace=Your heart and mind are at rest (when you have integrity you can lay your head down and sleep at night)
· Faith=Trust and Depend upon the Lord (Get out of your comfort zone and walk on water) (These things should be down by sound faith not foolishness)
· Salvation-Our testimony (Your testimony: how you met the Lord and what he has done for you and how he has changed your life and how you love him is Powerful)
· Word of God=Contains the Promises (Which are the gateway to victory) (The Bible is sharper than a sword)
· Praying in Tongues =of Course you must be baptized in the Holy Spirit to do this (If you want this power then go to my website at www.howcanibehealed.com and under the section on the Holy Spirit it will tell you how to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. This is so important, and I really encourage you to receive it.) There are so many benefits: power/boldness/love/increases the fruit of the Spirit/Gifts of the Spirit/rest & Refreshing/Protected Hotline to God)
· All Prayers=Praying in English
· Supplication =in addition to prayer (for instance fasting)
· Being Alert=(Keep on Guard)
· Perseverance=Keep on Going even if you feel like quitting). (Think of the alternative of quitting)
· Intercession=Pray for the saints and for each other
Remember God isn’t going to dress you. You must put on your own clothes. Choose and Determine in your heart not to wait to be dressed but to put on the Whole Armor of God. Then you will be victorious and be able to stand against the devil. It will be awesome!