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“The Armor of God”

 

 

Understanding the spiritual battle and the whole armor of God.

 

 

Satan does not concern himself with the world.  He is not interested in them because they are already headed down the broad path of destruction.  Those who do not believe in Christ do not need persuasion to sin.  They are already held captive by the god of this world II Corinthian 4:4.  He also may not waste much time attacking so called carnal Christians. Those believers who live in a way that is not growing in grace, in holiness, and in the knowledge of the Lord God are no threat to the Devil.  No, those who Satan sees as his arch enemies are those who are trying to live a holy life.  He particularly hates those who are sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Even though he has already been defeated, he focuses his energy and sends his demons against those who are actively proclaiming Jesus Christ as the one and only way to heaven.

 

 

Every Christian needs to know how to battle evil.

 

 

armor shield

Shield of Faith – The warrior’s shield was his first line of defense. Usually made of wood or bronze, it was often big enough to protect the whole body when the soldier crouched down under a hail of arrows. Faith in Christ’s blood is our first defense against the great accuser, Zechariah 3:1Zechariah 3:1
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3 Visión del sumo sacerdote Josuéa 1 Luego me mostró al sumo sacerdote Josué,b el cual estaba delante del ángel de Jehová, mientras el Satán estaba a su mano derecha para acusarlo.

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–5. The enemy is constantly firing volley after volley of those flaming arrows of carnal desire. The purpose for this shield of faith was to deflect the fiery darts of the enemy and prevent them from ever making contact. Multitudes of Christians fall on the battlefield and fail to overcome evil because they wait until they are immersed in the fires of temptation before making any effort to resist. it is often too late. As soon as you recognize a fiery dart sailing toward you, there is no time to lose. Hold up that shield of faith and do everything in your power to keep as much distance as possible between you and the temptation. If we yield without a fight, we are in reality inviting temptation.Faith is only as reliable and helpful as the trustworthiness of its object. The Christian faith is infinitely powerful and because the object of faith is Jesus Christ, it is the infinite God. Our faith never falls because the One in whom our faith is placed never fails.

 

 

The shields of old were also often of a distinctive nature, sometimes marked with the insignia or name of the king to help soldiers avoid fighting their own comrades in the confusion of battle. In the same way, when the devil sends his flaming arrows of temptation, we are to hold up the shield bearing the name of our King of kings, Jesus. Through faith in His name, we can resist any enticement. 1 Corinthians 10:131 Corinthians 10:13
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13 No os ha sobrevenido ninguna prueba que no sea humana; pero fiel es Dios,n que no os dejará ser probados más de lo que podéis resistir, sino que dará también juntamente con la prueba la salida, para que podáis soportarla.ñ

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armor helmet

Helmet of Salvation – the importance of protecting the head while in battle, Some Christians have “rocks in the head” from neglecting to wear their helmets. But the purpose for this helmet of salvation is not only to keep out the rocks, but also to keep in the brains! Your mind should not be open to anything and everything. Satan’s target: Your mind. Satan’s weapon: Lies. The enemy wants to make us doubt God and our salvation. The two dangerous edges of Satan’s spiritual broadsword are discouragement and doubt. To discourage us, he points to our failures, our sins, our unresolved problems, our poor health, or to whatever else seems negative in our lives. He wants us to lose confidence in the love and care of our heavenly Father. Doubt is what often brings about discouragement. Doubts about the truths of God, including doubt about one’s salvation, are the worst sort of discouragements for a believer. If a believer doubts God’s goodness or dependability, or if his relation to God seems uncertain, he has no ground for hope and therefore no protection from discouragement. The person who thinks he has nothing worthwhile to look forward to has no reason to fight, work, or live responsibly.

 

The helmet protects our minds from doubting the truth of God’s saving work for us. “Since we belong to the day, we must be serious and put the armor of faith and love on our chests, and put on a Helmet of the Hope of Salvation” 1 Thessalonians 5:81 Thessalonians 5:8
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8 Pero nosotros, que somos del día, seamos sobrios, habiéndonos vestidof con la corazag de la fe y del amor, y con la esperanza de salvación como casco.h

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.  As we study and come to understand God’s Word, there should be a settling into the truth “that we should no longer be children,tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” Ephesians 4:14Ephesians 4:14
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14 Así ya no seremos niños fluctuantes, llevados por doquiera de todo viento de doctrina, por estratagema de hombres que para engañar emplean con astucia las artimañas del error;

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. Your body has seven sacred openings from the neck up: two nostrils, two ears, two eyes, and one mouth. Only in eternity will we appreciate how pivotal to each person’s salvation were their choices concerning what they allowed to enter their minds through these vital senses. We must firmly strap the helmet of salvation in place and guard these avenues to the soul.

 

 

In his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul asks, “Who ever goes to war at his own expense?” 1 Corinthians 9:71 Corinthians 9:7
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7 ¿Quién fue jamás soldado a sus propias expensas? ¿Quién planta una viña y no come de su fruto? ¿O quién apacienta el rebaño y no toma de la leche del rebaño?

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. God pays the bill for the entire arsenal. All that we need was purchased at Calvary with the blood of His own dear Son. Jesus gives us all we need to be assured of total and final victory.

 

 

God is calling us to bravely come up to His standard and to put on your Armor of God!

 

 

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