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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Whom Shall I Fear....

I got this yesterday in my quiet time. 



As I thought about it this morning, I got excited. 

The person represents someone who fully trusts in God and is applying Ephesians 6:10-18 to his life.


The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full armor of God, 
so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, 
but against the rulers, 
against the authorities, 
against the powers of this dark world 
and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, 

so that when the day of evil comes, 
you may be able to stand your ground, 
and after you have done everything, to stand.

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, 

with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (NKJV)

Do you want to stand (be of a steadfast mind) in the day of evil?  

Note: It is not 'days' but day. 
I believe this refers to the 'time' we live on earth 
Satan is raging and looking for whom he may devour. 
The enemies has a goal: 
It is to keep anyone he can from trusting in Jesus 
as their Lord and Savior and keep them from obeying God. 
He can do this by causing them to worry, doubt and fear. 

That is why it is so important to build a relationship with God 
by asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins, 
read the Bible daily 
as well as spend time in communication with Him 
by talking, asking questions and being quiet before Him to listen.


If we don't take up the whole armor we are exposed. 

With our shoes we are able to stand firmly on the ground or rock beneath our feet. 

The Word (Jesus) of God is our belt of truth. Gird is a cultural sort of thing and we don't really see it here. I believe in the old days men were long robes that went to their feet and they wore a belt as well. The belt would be used to hold up the excess material when the gown was girded up. They would gird up their loin when they wanted to run or move quickly; possibly in war as well. 

In the King James translation verse fourteen says, "Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth." 


This picture shows them tying a knot, but  I think it was really tucked in their belt and perhaps knotted there. 


However if we look at the meaning of girt in verse fourteen it has three meanings: to fasten garment with a girdle or belt; gird one's self;  metaphor with truth as a girdle -to equip one's self with the knowledge of truth.(girt @blb.org). 

In 1 Peter 1:13 we are told, "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,"


Taking all of this, I see that verse fourteen as, "Stand firm having girded up your mind with the belt of truth."

The breast plate was placed over the chest in order to protect the vital organs, right? 


How do we increase our shield of faith?  Through hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). But we can't simply hear the Word of God (read scripture and meditate on what we are learning)  or we will deceive ourselves; we must do what it says.(James 1:22) Faith is action.  If I simply held my shield but did not use it, how much good will it do me?


What does a helmet do? The helmet protects our head, or here it protects our mind. 


While looking at the picture you can see that there is a cross on every piece of armor. That is because Jesus is in all of the armor! We can look through scripture and find this to be true. 


He is the Rock (ground) that we stand on, Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faithful, Salvation, Word of God!!


When we put on our armor, we are abiding in Him and able to withstand the attacks of our enemy!! 

It makes me want to dance, because of Jesus my name is written in the Book of Life. Whom shall I fear?!

The last thing mentioned in this passage, which is part of the armor, is Prayer. Jesus taught us how to pray. You can see his examples throughout the gospels, not just the Lord's Prayer. 


Jesus is at the right hand of the Father making intercession for His people (Romans 8:34). We too must make intercession and not neglect the authority that Christ has given us.  It is not about me and what I want, but what does God desire. Remember that the Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing any should perish (be counted as lost and separated from Him for all eternity), but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a ROAR, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. (2 Peter 3:9-10)


Which leads us full circle and back to: 


14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, 
with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (NKJV)