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“The Armor of God”

 

 

Understanding the spiritual battle and the whole armor of God.

 

 

The battleground for this intense spiritual struggle is not some piece of earthly real estate; it is the human heart. Christians are called to be more than peaceful spectators or mediators in this cataclysmic conflict. We must be committed front-line commandos. God has designed that all the literal battles can serve to teach us how we might experience victory in spiritual combat. Naturally, it should stand to reason that because these battles are of a spiritual nature, the weapons we employ must also be spiritual. This is why Paul reminds us, “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 places” Ephesians 6:12Ephesians 6:12
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12 porque no tenemos lucha contra sangre y carne, sino contra principados, contra potestades, contra los gobernadores de las tinieblas de este mundo,j contra huestes espirituales de maldad en las regiones celestes.k

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. Although our armor and weapons are spiritual, this does not mean they are unreal or ineffective. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” 2 Corinthians 10:3-42 Corinthians 10:3-4
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3 Aunque andamos en la carne, no militamos según la carne, 4 porque las armas de nuestra milicia no son carnales,d sino poderosas en Dios para la destrucción de fortalezas,

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We must put on the unfailing armor of God! “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head” Isaiah 59:17Isaiah 59:17
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17 Pues de justicia se vistió como de una coraza, con yelmo de salvación en su cabeza;k tomó ropas de venganza por vestidura y se cubrió de celo como con un manto,

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. We have to wear the armor of God and not of man, not by our own force. Ephesians 6:11Ephesians 6:11
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11 Vestíos de toda la armadura de Dios,i para que podáis estar firmes contra las asechanzas del diablo,

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cautions, “Put on the whole armor of God,” and Ephesians 6:13Ephesians 6:13
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13 Por tanto, tomad toda la armadura de Dios, para que podáis resistir en el día malo y, habiendo acabado todo,l estar firmes.

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declares, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God.” This is where many Christians fail. They take some of the armor, but forget one or two parts of the suit and pay an eternal price for their neglect. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul attaches a spiritual association to seven implements of earthly armor.

 

 

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  Belt of Truth – In Bible times, the girdle about the waist held together the soldier’s garments, which might otherwise hamper his movements while marching or engaging in combat. The spiritual significance is that God does not simply want us to point at the truth; He wants us to wear it and have it wrapped about us. Not only does the belt hold everything in place, but it also serves to carry the sheath that holds the sword of the Spirit for ready access. Some people have the sword of God’s Word, but without the belt of truth they come to reckless conclusions. Never forget that wearing the belt of truth also means wearing Christ, for He is “the way, the truth, and the life” John 14:6John 14:6
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6 Jesús le dijo: --Yo soy el camino,e la verdad y la vida;f nadie viene al Padre sino por mí.g

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. This is why Paul said: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:27Galatians 3:27
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27 pues todos los que habéis sido bautizados en Cristo, de Cristo estáis revestidos.y

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Breastplate of Righteousness – The breastplate was an important article of defense that protected the front torso and all of the vital organs from a mortal wound. It was often composed of a solid piece of metal, but it could also contain numerous small pieces that were sewn to cloth or leather that overlapped much like the scales of a fish.  Wearing the breastplate of righteousness is always in partnership with the robe of Jesus’ righteousness. “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me” Job 29:14Job 29:14
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14 Iba yo vestido de justicia, cubierto con ella; como manto y diadema era mi rectitud.

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The only way we can experience victory in battle against the devil is through confidence that the righteousness of Jesus covers our hearts and that we are forgiven.Another interesting aspect of the breastplate was that it offered no protection to the person’s back. It was assumed that soldiers would not turn their backs toward the enemy to retreat. Likewise, Christian soldiers should stand firm and never surrender any ground to the devil. Instead, let the devil flee from your steadfast loyalty. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” James 4:7James 4:7
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7 Someteos, pues, a Dios; resistid al diablo, y huirá de vosotros.e

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. This was the strategy employed by Jesus to emerge victorious after being tempted by the devil in the wilderness. “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ Then the devil left Him” Matthew 4:10Matthew 4:10
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10 Entonces Jesús le dijo: --Vete, Satanás,h porque escrito está: “Al Señor tu Dios adorarás y solo a él servirás”.i

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I want to assure you that although we are in a war, we need not fear. God’s Word tells us how the battle will end and who will be the final victor. The One who forged our armor guarantees its effectiveness and promises that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” Matthew 16:18Matthew 16:18
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18 Y yo también te digo que tú eres Pedro, y sobre esta rocam edificaré mi iglesia,n y las puertas del Hadesñ no la dominarán.

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Put on your Armor of God daily!

 

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