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5/5/16 2:38 P

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If I am wearing God's armour will my life not be bearing fruit for Christ. Hope you take a look at Deathbed Conversations ; the last lesson Jesus taught us before He went to the Cross.

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4/30/16 10:29 A

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Awesome study!

When I was a teenager, it became the "current fad" to mentally dress each morning, putting on every piece of the armor. Then one day a guest speaker at our church was teaching on the armor of God, and he said one thing that has always stuck with me... He said, "Notice the passage says 'put on'... period. Not keep putting on. It's not a daily ritual, it's a one-time thing. I don't know about you, but I need to have that armor on even when I'm sleeping! I don't have to get up every morning and put on the armor again - I never take it off the night before!"

I thought that was a great point. So for me, it became a thing of reminding myself in the morning that I was already wearing those pieces of armor.

I hadn't thought of that in a long time.....lol

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4/30/16 9:02 A

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There are 5 essential pieces of God's Armour

INTRODUCTION:

Many times you may hear people say , ďI am a Christian, but I am not living for God as I should be !
1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Sure am glad this verse is there.... emoticon emoticon ...how reassuring!!!!!

God has provided a way that we can live for him victoriously day by day.
Ephesians 6:10 says Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
The answer: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil which is what verse 11 states.

WHY IS LIVING FOR GOD SO DIFFICULT?
. The greatest enemy of God is Satan and he is ours too. Satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour Since Satan cannot have the Christianís soul, he wishes to destroy our witness and testimony and to cause us as much doubt and chaos as possible
6:12 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 place

Why is it important to dress in all of Godís armour daily? The reason is simple, for we will not be defeated by temptations and to live in such a way that honors and please God.
Ephesians 6:13 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.

If you are like me, and have failed to live for God as you should at times, wouldn't you agree, It is time to dress appropriately for spiritual warfare every morning!

I hope you reach the following threads to discover the 5 pieces that God freely provides for us and why we need to dress in them daily. You may want to come back to look at these pieces at different times. PLEASE ALWAYS SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS EACH TIME.


Edited by: CD16552053 at: 4/30/2016 (09:06)
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4/30/16 8:10 A

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1 THE FIRST PIECE OF GODíS ARMOUR IS THE BELT

Paul uses this scripture to encourage us as soldiers of the cross to dress appropriately as we fight the battles of life that Satan wages upon us. The battlefield starts in the mind with Satanís fiery darts to discourage and to defeat us. What are some areas in your personal life that you struggle with? Would some of them be : dating, marriage, family problems , health issues, finances, work related issuesÖ.the list is endless?
Paul illustrates the Roman soldierís attire to get the message across about Godís Armour.
The first piece is the belt. Ephesians 6:14a Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truthÖÖ It was necessary for the soldier to wear for it supported other necessary pieces of the armour. The belt looked like it included an apron with it. i could not find one so I used the following.

Christian need to dress each morning with the Belt of Truth. God is the author of the Bible penned down by men that He chose to be guided by His Holy Spirit. Godís word is true and His Words are as immovable and unchangeable as God is himself. (woe to those who change its content) We are to led Godís word be a guide to the truth and guide in every area of our lives. (The Psalmist refers to Godís Word as a lamp and light for our feet and our path) IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE TRUTH OF GOD, THE REST OF THE ARMOUR IS RENDERED USELESS.
Donít you agree that we as Godís children, need to start our day in Godís Word and let Him guide our lives through the fiery darts of the battlefield?

I hope you scroll down to read the 2nd piece of God's Armour.
2 The second piece of Godís armour is breastplate of righteousness. (Ephesians 6:13b)
For a Roman solider it looked something like this.


The Layers of metal protected the vital organs against the weapons of the enemy as they fought up close in hand to hand combat.
Satan is the enemy of each Christian. He attacks us personally and uses his henchmen to do likewise. He has studied us over the years since our birth and knows what tempts us and what can cause us to fall. He is not a mind reader nor is he All Knowing, All present, or All powerful! He is well organized and has his henchmen everywhere ready to follow his evil commands and schemes.

Wouldnít you agree with me that we need to protect our heart, our emotions, our actions, and our allegiance for God? We need to guard ourselves with Godís Word and practice living out what Godís word says. (BE ye doers of the Word; not hearers only (found in the book of James)
I hope you scroll down to read the 3rd piece of God's Armour.

#3 The third piece of God's armour is the shoes. Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
The Roman soldier had shoes that had spikes on them; something like these


The soldier could dig his spiky shoes into the dirt to stand his ground and not get knocked down easily, and to advance his stride forward to advance against the enemy.
Donít you agree that we need to live the gospel of Christ and be ready to share the hope of the gospel to all those who are unsaved? Donít you agree that Satan has his implants with their own falsehoods that try to persuade us from the truths of Godís Word?

I hope you scroll down and read the 4th piece of God's Armour.

#4 The fourth piece of God's armour is the shield of faith.
Ephesians 6:16 Above all take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

The Roman soldier would carry anywhere a small shield to that the size of a door. Before going into combat he would wet down his shield with water so it would quench the fiery arrows the enemy would shoot into it. Soldiers would hide behind their shields as the burning arrows filled the air.
Do you realize that faith is ďtaking God at his Word?. Whatever He says, we must believe it!!!!)
Satan will plant his seed of negative thoughts in our minds and cause us to doubt it when it is something we cannot see the answer to or if it is out of our hands to solve. Have you experienced that? I have.

Hebrews 11:6 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.

What is something that seems hard to trust God with right now? Or that you have experienced in the past? On some of the other special topics, there are testimonies of trusting God with the impossible. Hopefully you will read some of them.
So far, donít you think we need to read Godís Word every morning for guidance that we can live each day a pleasing life, to be ready to share what we learn from it with others, to trust God with every need whether we can understand how and when He will bring it to pass?

I hope you scroll down to read the 5th piece of God's armour.

#5 the 5th piece of the armour is the helmet of Salvation.
The Roman soldier wore one something like this


Can you imagine what would happen if he did not put on his helmet and his enemy slugged him over the head? He would probably be so idled that he could not think quick enough to fight to save his life.
The helmet of Salvation is knowing Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and that He is always with us 24/7 to guide us into his perfect will and plan. (Hebrews 13:5)
Isnít it reassuring that God cares sooooo much for us personally that He is with us all the time and that he will prevail and fight our battles for us? This helmet is not to be left off when we dress of a morning.
We need to just praise God each morning in recognition that he is present, cares, and will guide us.

I hope you read the last piece of armour. Scroll down.

#6 The last piece of God's armour is the sword.
Ephesians 6:17b ..... the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God

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The Roman soldier carried a sword something like one of these


Our sword is the Word of God administered to us through the Holy Spirit who shows us the scriptures we need to counteract any darts that Satan throws our way.
Donít you think it is necessary to read Godís word, and learn much of it by heart. (The Psalmist =Hide thy word in my heart that I might not sin against thee.) There are times when we do not carry our Bibles with us. Well, this doesnít stop the unforeseen attacks by Satan or his henchmen. Letís fight him by Godís Word that is in our heart.

Friends, there is no piece of equipment to protect our backs. God did not intent us to turn our backs. Letís keep pushing forward as we dress with the 6 pieces God provides for us.
(Belt of truth, Breastplate of right living, shoes of preparedness to share, shield of faith to quench discouragement , doubt, despair; to wear our helmet of salvation in knowing God is with us and will protect us. And carry the sword of the Spirit=Godís Word.

Lastly, letís apply the glue, praying for ourselves and others that we may stand.



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