The Gift of Grace

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2:8-10)

The Bernoulli’s principle says that as a fluid’s velocity increases its pressure decreases. As an example an airplane has an airfoil shape to each of the wings to produce lift.

  • The airfoil shape produces unequal lengths across the top and bottom of the wing. Air splitting at the front of the wing must rejoin at the back of the wing so as not to create a vacuum.
  • Since the top surface is curved upward and is longer it forces the air to move faster across the top than the bottom. Faster moving fluids create less pressure, so the bottom of the wing creates greater pressure producing lift.

Grace is like the Bernoulli’s principle, from a spiritual perspective; a form of power which comes to us directly from God’s Spirit and lifts us up. This is an example of how God’s grace works:

  • It lifts us above the ways of the world into the realm of the spirit.
  • It lifts us up from the lies of the enemy into the truth of God our Father.
  • It lifts us above our past into the life God has planned for us.
  • It lifts us above what we do into who we were created to be.
  • It lifts us up from our human strength into His mighty power.

And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. (Acts 6:8)

The Bernoulli principle does not defy the law of gravity, it supersedes it. And any time the force of the air is lost gravity takes over.  Our enemy will do all he can to pull us down from God’s gift of grace.

Saved by grace, but perfected through flesh has been the devil’s strategy from the beginning.

  • If the devil can’t keep us from being saved, his fall-back strategy is to keep us in doubt that we are saved.
  • If he failed to keep us from attempting to earn our salvation, he will try to deceive us into attempting to keep it through human effort.
  • If he can no longer control our eternal destiny, he will try to render us ineffective in our ability to influence others towards the glorious reality of union with Christ

Instead of living in daily trust of God’s provision and guidance, we are constantly taking matter into our own hands. We need to see that our controlling behavior isn’t a response to something happening in the present. It is triggered by something from our past that never got resolved. People are not in bondage because of their past. They are in bondage to the lies they believed as a result of their past.

  • The decision to hide or ignore our guilt and hurt leaves the act of sin unresolved.
  • When an act of sin remains unresolved, it causes a nagging sense in the heart that doesn’t go away.

But the resolve is not seeking God’s forgiveness it is realizing we are already forgiven, realizing as day is from night we have been changed, accepting who God says we are. The resolve is accepting God’s grace.

For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:14)

But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. Therefor there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 7:20 and 8:1-2)

We have been taught to be good givers, but few have been taught to be good receivers, so we try to earn it. Any attempt to add human performance to the new covenant must always be confronted aggressively and resisted with determination.

  • We don’t reign in life through our performance. We reign through our position!
  • Not through understanding what to do, but understanding who we are.
  • We have a brand new core identity

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. (John1:17)

God gives his grace to those who trust Him. He wants us to become more dependent upon Him.  Those who receive the abundance of grace are the ones who reign in life. When He graced our hearts, He gave us the power and the strength.

Have you ever noticed that everything we get from God must be received by faith?

  • Faith is accepting the fact that there are no conditions, no bargains to be made, no back room deals; that grace is a gift with no strings attached. No strings before and no strings after!
  • Faith is the realization that grace is utterly free.

The human mind wants a concrete assurance ahead of time that it will all pan out. But, to give such proof would undermine the very thing God is trying to do here: get us to put our full trust in the one who will be with us always.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. (Eph. 3:20)

What a tragedy it would be for us to be given freedom but not walk in it! For believers, the ability to walk in freedom becomes dependent on an individual’s daily decision to walk in the power received at salvation.

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The Armor of God – Prayer

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“Prayer is that mightiest of all weapons that created natures can wield.” Martin Luther

“Intercessory prayer is our most powerful and strategic corporate weapon in spiritual warfare.” Chip Ingram

“Prayer should bring us face to face and eyeball to eyeball with God in an intimate relationship.” Rick Renner

“We lose battles when we fight them with our own strength, in our own manner. But when we learn to fight (pray) as God does there will never be a lost battle ever again.” Eric Ludy

“God must love the game of chicken because He plays it with us all the time. He has this habit of waiting until the very last moment to answer our prayer to see if we chicken out or pray through.”

“Here is an incredible thought: Long before you woke up this morning the Holy Spirit was interceding for you. And long after you go to bed tonight, the Holy Spirit will still be interceding for you. That ought to change the way we wake up and fall asleep. That ought to give us the courage to chase lions.” Mark Batterson

“What happens when you pray? The Holy Spirit knows what God has for you! The Holy Spirit’s task is to convince you to ask for it. What will happen when you ask for things God already wants to give or do? You will always receive it. Why? Because you have asked according to His will.” Henry Blackaby

 

One of the most important requirements for success in all wars, in addition to defensive and offensive weapons, is communications. God has chosen prayer as His desired method of communications.  Not in the form of a General commanding his army but a person to person conversation.

The armor of God does not end with the sword of the spirit but, continues:

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:18-20 NASB)

God needs men and women who can wrestle with the powers of darkness and not shy away. God is looking for soldiers who don’t buy the enemy’s bluff, but rather, are wholly convinced that the blood of the cross is able to defeat every foe.

  • With guidance from the Holy Spirit we will know what to pray and when to pray it, with His super natural powers backing it up.
  • With the Word of God dwelling in us, we are much less likely to pray prayers that are out of line with God’s plan. Thus, when we pray, our prayers will be accurate and in line with His predetermined plan for our life. We will be praying God’s will.

We will probably never experience more opposition than when we pray consistently and intensely under God’s leading. There are reasons prayer doesn’t always come easily for us. We have enemies that want to make it difficult.

Daniel experienced this:

In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar; and the message was true and one of great conflict, but he understood the message and had an understanding of the vision. In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” (Dan 10:1-2, 12-14 NASB)

What we need to remember is that prayer is powerful. In fact, it is probably much more powerful than you or I have ever imagined. They shudder when God’s people begin to pray. The reason we aren’t convinced of that fact is that we usually fail to pray consistently, intensely, and strategically.

  • In ‘Extraordinary’ John Bevere states:

“Often there’s a time period that begins when we originally believe God for something specific and continues until the work is completed or manifested. I call this time the ‘critical belief period.’ It’s the period when what you are ‘believing for’ hangs in the balance; it can go either way, and it’s all according to your faith. I say to the people who are questioning why God ‘did not come through’ for them, ‘somewhere in the critical belief period, you believed more in the adversity than in God’s Word.’”

  • In the ‘Circle Maker’ Mark Batterson words it this way:

“Just like the sound barrier, there is a faith barrier. And breaking the faith barrier in the spiritual realm is much like breaking the sound barrier in the physical realm. If you want to experience a supernatural breakthrough, you have to pray through. But as you get closer to the breakthrough, it often feels like you’re about to lose control, about to fall apart. That is when you need to press in and pray through. If you allow them to, your disappointments will create drag. If you allow them to, your doubts will nosedive your dreams. But if you pray through, God will come through and you’ll experience a supernatural breakthrough.”

True prayer is confident in the power of prayer.

  • It issues forth with assurance, knowing that when prayer is done in alignment with the will of God, then it will be effective and it will be mightily answered.
  • Never underestimate His ability to show up anytime, anyplace, anyhow. He has infinite answers to our finite prayer. If God has put a promise in your heart (the answer to a prayer) continue to believe it until it comes to pass.

Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:10-14)

Too often our prayers revolve around asking God to reduce the odds in our lives. We want everything in our favor.

  • Maybe God wants to stack the odds against us so we can experience a miracle of divine proportions.
  • Maybe our impossible situations are opportunities to experience a new dimension of God’s glory.

To the infinite all finites are equal. There is no big or small, easy or difficult, possible or impossible.

  • When it comes to God, there are no degrees of difficulty.
  • Living in prayer mode is the difference between seeing coincidences and providences.
  • Prayer has a way of helping us recognize that what we might dismiss as human accidents are really divine appointments.

Here are some examples:

Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, and O moon in the valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. Is it not written in the book of Jahar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. (Joshua 10:12-14 NASB)

Now Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. He said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go back” seven times. It came about at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.’” In a little while the sky grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy shower. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. (1 Kings 18:41-45 NASB)

Isaiah said, “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that He has spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten steps or go back ten steps?” So Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps.” Isaiah the prophet cried to the Lord, and He brought the shadow on the stairway back ten steps by which it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz. (2 Kings 20:9-11)

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (John 11:38-44)

Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by our boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less.

  • If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don’t require divine intervention.
  • The goal is glorifying God. Our problems are never bigger than God. God is always bigger than our problems. Our biggest problem is our small view of God.
  • It is a high view of God that is the solution to all our problems. The size of our prayers depends on the size of our God. And if our God know no limits, then neither should our prayers.
  • The enemy has nothing to counter with when we pray knowing God has no limits.

When we have stored in our hearts a strong foundation of accurate knowledge based on God’s Word, we can be very bold and courageous in our prayer life.

  • God desires that we move forward boldly and courageously in prayer in order to seize His will for our life and bring it into manifestation.
  • In praying we need to trust that God will fight our battles for us. It’s the way we take our hands off the challenges we face and put them into the hands of God almighty. And He can handle them.

The hard thing is keeping our hands off. Our most powerful prayers are linked to the promises of God. When you know you are praying the promises of God, you can pray with holy confidence. God promises our victory over the enemy, we need to believe that as we pray boldly and courageously.

Prayer:

Lord, I thank You for entrusting me with all the weapons I need to keep the devil defeated in my life. I repent for not always taking advantage of the full weaponry You have provided. Prayer is powerful – yet I admit that I have neglected this piece of weaponry in my life. Instead of ignoring this vital piece of weaponry, I want to learn how to use every form of prayer that is available to me so I can stop the devil from making up-close attacks in my life. Thank You for this vital weapon of warfare. Please teach me to use it powerfully, forcefully, and effectively against the works of the devil. I pray this in Jesus Name.

I confess that prayer is a vital piece of my spiritual weaponry. Because I use the strategic piece of weaponry I am able to stop the enemy from attacking me. I pray with authority and that authority gives me the ability to strike the enemy form a distance while maintaining a victorious position in my life. With the power of prayer at my disposal, I can be sure of absolute and total victory. Although the devil tries to attack me, I overcome each of his attacks by striking from a distance with prayer and supplication. I commit myself to using all forms of prayer and supplication. As I do, I will continually reinforce Jesus Christ’s triumphant victory over Satan in every area of my life. I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!


The Armor of God – Sword of the Spirit

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William Wallace: And if this is your army, why does it go?

Veteran: We didn’t come here to fight for them!

Young Soldier: Home! The English are too many!

William Wallace: Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace.

Young Soldier: William Wallace is seven feet tall!

William Wallace: Yes, I’ve heard. Kills men by the hundreds. And if HE were here, he’d consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.

William Wallace: I *am* William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You’ve come to fight as free men… and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?

Veteran: Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live.

William Wallace: Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!

The sword William Wallace had was a Claymore broadsword, about 44 inches in length, and with it he led the Scottish to win the war against England. The sword used to describe the sword of the Spirit is less than half that length but is far more deadly.

. . . and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)

There were five different swords the Roman soldiers used in their confrontations with enemy forces.

  • The sword Paul referenced in this verse was approximately 19 inches long. Both sides of the sword’s blade were razor sharp, and the tip of the blade turned up, making it the most dangerous sword in the Romans inventory.
  • When this sword was used the Roman soldier would give it a wrenching twist inside the enemy before removing it.
  • It was a weapon of murder! And that is how brutal our weapon is against our enemy.

The word of God is referenced throughout the New Testament, as a two-edged sword.

For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Heb. 4:12)

In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. (Rev. 1:16)

And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this: (Rev. 2:12)

The phrase “two-edged” is taken from the Greek word distomos, which literally means two-mouthed. Why does the original Greek text actually say that the word of God is a “two-mouthed sword”?

  • First, the powerful word of God passed through the mouth of God, giving it one sharp edge.
  • Second, this same powerful word rises up from our spirit; it invades our understanding, and then proceeds out of our mouth. As it comes out of our mouth, a second sharp edge is added to that sword, making it a lethal weapon to wield against the enemy.

When we take the word of God into our lives and allow it to do its work in us that word acts like a divine blade slicing right to the heart of the matter.

  • It does what no spouse, friend, pastor, teacher, psychologist, or psychiatrist could ever do. It correctly discerns the thoughts, and intents, of our heart.
  • Once that Word is in our heart, and our mind and emotions have been changed by its power, we are in the position to speak the Word of God from deep within us.
  • It is as though God is speaking directly to and through us.

It is good to meditate on the word of God and we should, as much as possible – that is how our mind is renewed, but . . .

  • If that is all we do, we would only have a single-edged sword. Because the word has only passed from the mouth of God into our hearts, it is like a blade sharpened only on one edge.
  • It will never release its full power until it comes out of our mouth, adding that second fatal edge to the sword.

In most of the New Testament, the word used for the word of God is logos. But, in this verse, the word used is rhema.

  • Rhema is a quickened and very specific word or message supernaturally given to us by the Holy Spirit to do hand-to-hand combat against the lies and deception of the enemy.
  • Rhema is given to our hearts and minds at a specific time and for a specific purpose. When the Holy Spirit gives us such a word we know we heard from the Lord.
  • The difference between logos and rhema is like the difference between a stockpile of weapons and, a sword in a highly skilled hand. One is a complete arsenal; the other is what is in the hand of a trained soldier.

Here are examples of God’s word being given supernaturally:

  • Noah received a word from God that saved him and his family from destruction (Gen. 6:13 – 7:4).
  • Abraham received a word from God and started his walk of faith (Gen. 12:1-3).
  • Joseph received a word from God in his dreams that revealed his future (Gen. 37-6-9).
  • Moses received a word from God from a burning bush to lead Israel out of captivity (Exod. 3 and 4).
  • Mary received a word from God from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus (Luke 1:28, 30-33, 35-37).

These were specific words, given at a specific time, for a specific purpose and because they were received and acted upon, God changed the history of mankind.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Mat. 4:1-4)

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.  (Mat. 4:8-11)

When Jesus was in the wilderness and was up against the enemy he responded with “it is written”, the Greek word used here is rhema. Jesus knew the written word, and its discerning power was continually at work in Him. This is the key that kept Him on course, when dealing with the devils temptations.

We will also be tested in our wilderness:

  • When we begin to take new territory for the Kingdom of God, the devil will try to stop us.
  • As soon as we begin to grow in our knowledge of God’s Word, and make spiritual progress, Satan will do everything he can to stop us.

The devil may try to use lies, accusations, and allegations against us, but when the word of God is working in our spirit, and mind, it will give us the very words, and direction, we need to overcome the devil’s attacks at that precise moment.

Some believers just sit back and let the devil continue to taunt them. They forget about the defensive and offensive weapons we have to destroy every strategy the enemy throws at us.

We must refuse to allow the devil to beat us down in defeat any longer. Instead allow the Holy Spirit to wield powerful faith-filled words through our mouth. Satan will then be the one to flee in defeat as we keep walking victoriously in the light of God’s Word.

Prayer:

Lord, I know that Your Spirit has the very answer I need for any situation I may confront in life. When He speaks to my heart, it places a razor-sharp sword in my hands that I can use against my spiritual enemies. Help me keep a sensitive ear to the Holy Spirit so I can recognize those moments when He is trying to give me a rhema that will put the devil on the run! I pray this in Jesus’ name!

I confess that I can hear the Holy Spirit’s voice when He drops a word into my heart at the exact moment I need it. Those quickened words impart special power and authority to me. They are so powerful that it is as if a sword has been placed in my hands! When I receive that kind of word from the Lord, I insert it, twist it, and do as much damage as possible to the devil until he’s sorry he ever messed with me! I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!


The Armor of God – Helmet of Salvation

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Salvation literally means saved, or delivered. It is taken from the Greek word soterios, which means to be saved, to be delivered from danger, and to be brought to a safe place.  Salvation has saved us from our sin, salvation is delivering us from darkness, and salvation will give us total freedom from sin.

As we put on the last piece of armor, let us review what we have put on up to this point.

  • We have the breastplate of righteousness and the shield of faith, designed to protect us, give us the courage, confidence and assurance, so we can move forward in the worst of times.
  • We have our shoes of peace to enable us to enforce and demonstrate Satan’s defeat.
  • All of this is connected to the loin belt of truth. Without this central piece of spiritual armor the other pieces of armor cannot function properly.

Now we will look into the helmet of salvation.

Take up the helmet of salvation . . . (Eph. 6:17)

The Roman soldier’s helmet was a very ornate and intricate piece of weaponry.

  • Rather than being a simple piece of metal, it was highly decorated with all kinds of engravings and etchings.
  • It also had a huge plume of brightly colored feathers, or horsehair, that stood straight up out of the top of the helmet.
  • These helmets undoubtedly made the Roman soldiers easily identifiable on the battle field.
  • It also defended against the battle axe of the enemy.

By using this example, Paul is telling us, when a person is confident of their salvation, they are noticeable.

The helmet of salvation guards the most influential organ in this invisible war, our mind.

  • Most of the battle is in our thought life – that is where Satan can manipulate us towards his ends.
  • Satan knows that our mind is the control center of our life. If he is going to attack us, he must start in our mind.
  • If he can get a foothold there, he can move beyond that.
  • If he can distort our thoughts, our emotions, and our knowledge, then our behaviors and relationships will fall the way he wants them to.

When we put on our helmet of salvation it protects our mind from attacks of the enemy.

  • It is imperative that we keep God’s Word in our mind, and keep Satan’s lies out of it.
  • Our intellectual understanding, and comprehension of salvation, and all that comes with it, must be ingrained in our minds.
  • When our minds are convinced of these realities; that knowledge becomes a protective helmet in our lives. If Satan has no say in our minds, he has no power in any other area of our life.
  • When we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, what Jesus’ death and resurrection purchased for us, the enemy will no longer be able to attack our minds.

For we are not unaware of his schemes. (2 Cor. 2:11)

We can know and reflect on this truth, when our days are casual and running smoothly. But, can we default to this truth, when we are in a crisis, or under attack? This is how important our mind is, if the devil can wear out our mind we will lose in life.

  • If the devil can beat down our resistance, he can begin to wage warfare on our mind with his games. He baits us with lying accusations, and slanderous allegations.
  • If we perceive these lies to be true, the process of deception is then fully implemented in our life. We have surrounded ourselves with a stronghold of the enemy.

Strongholds are rooted in our minds and emotions and, can either be walls we use to keep others out, or a prison we’ve built which keeps ourselves locked in.

  • There are two kinds of strongholds: rational and irrational.
  • Rational strongholds are usually the hardest to deal with, because they seem to make sense.
    • We try and rationalize our lives to what makes sense to us, instead of trusting God.
  • Irrational strongholds are completely unrealistic and eventually we will wake up to the realization of the works of the enemy.

When our adversary first begins to attack a believer’s mind, the Holy Spirit will try and warn us.

  • Our logical mind can work against our spiritual life, if we don’t submit to the Holy Spirit.
  • If we allow the lies to go un-resisted or un-challenged the larger the stronghold the devil can build until we become prisoners of war.

God gave us the helmet of salvation. With it He has given us all we need to withstand every assault of the enemy. With the authority given to us we must command Satan to release his claim on our mind and emotions.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:4-5)

We must first recognize our responsibility in the strongholds.

  • Have we accepted the lie of the devil over the truths God has given us?
  • The devil has left his marks and scars all over our minds and emotions during the time we were under his control.
  • Repentance, for allowing the mental and emotional strongholds to develop, will redirect our minds.
  • With the repentance, God will guide us in the renewing of our mind.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

We think differently when we wear our helmet of salvation.

  • With our renewed thoughts, it seems rational to walk by faith, and sounds logical to obey God.
  • We can begin to comprehend the multitude of blessings contained in our salvation.
  • As we walk in our helmet of salvation, we think like God thinks, we reason like God reasons, we believe like God believes, and we begin to act like God acts.

We must not underestimate the importance of filling our mind with the proper understanding of our salvation.

  • When it is allowed to function correctly in our life, our salvation will defend our mind from every mental attack the enemy might bring against us.
  • The moment we take off our helmet of salvation, the devil will start attacking our mind, and emotions.
  • If we don’t put that helmet back on, we may become double minded – believing God one moment, and doubting Him the next.

God does not want even one area of our mind to think like the world, He does not want one cell of our brain to have unbelief. God intends for our mind to think in accordance with the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:

Lord, I am so grateful for my salvation! It is the most wonderful gift You have ever given me. It changed my life and set me free; it brought healing to my body and deliverance to my mind. I want to wrap the knowledge of all that my salvation includes around my mind so tightly that the devil can never steal these benefits from my life. Holy Spirit, I ask You to help me study and to understand everything Jesus purchased for me at the Cross. Reveal it to me; convince me of its truth; and help me to wear that revelation knowledge on my head like a mighty, fortified, spiritual helmet. I pray in Jesus’ name.

I confess that I wear my salvation tightly around my mind like a helmet. When the enemy tries to attack my mind and to chop away at the benefits of my salvation, his attacks are completely ineffective. My mind is convinced of all that salvation means for me, and my mind is trained and taught to think correctly according to that knowledge. Therefore, the knowledge of my salvation becomes a helmet in my life. It doesn’t matter how hard the devil tries to hack away at my mind, I still stand strong because I know what Jesus’ death and resurrection purchased for me. I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name.


The Armor of God – Shield of Faith

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“In a world of increasing difficulty and despair, there is one priceless commodity that we cannot do without: hope! When everything comes crashing down, and there seems to be no way out, what is it that anchors our soul, enables us to persevere in the face of hardship, and rise up again on wings like eagles?  It is hope – not a languid or wistful hope that is the willful product of mere wishing, but one that is strong, certain, confidently anchored in some immutable reality. Isaiah 40:31 encourages us that all those who ‘wait for the Lord,’ those who put there hope in him, ‘will gain new strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” That is worth finding, worth laying hold of.” David Barton

“The ultimate cause of all spiritual depression is unbelief. For if it were not for unbelief, even the devil could do nothing. It is because we listen to the devil instead of listening to God that we go down before him and fall before his attacks.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones

So what is faith?

We live by faith not be sight. (2 Cor. 5:7)

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Mat. 17:20)

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

If faith is being sure of what we hope for, what is hope? Hope and wish are used so interchangeably today but they really mean two different things. To give a better understanding of faith here is the definitions of hope and wish from the American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster 1828

  • Wish – to have a desire, or strong desire, either for what is or is not supposed to be obtainable. We often wish for what is not obtainable.
  • Hope – confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well-founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises.

The hope that is deferred, is the fainting of the heart; but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for He who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 NASB)   

Faith means absolute confidence in God, his promises, his power, and his purpose for our lives.

By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see. By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice. By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God. By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.  By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shriveled loins there are now people numbering into the millions.(Heb. 11:3-13 The Message)

With that understanding of faith let’s dig into the shield of faith with confidence.

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)

There were a number of different Roman shields some were used in training, some for show and some for battle. The shield in this passage was used for battle, it was:

  • About four feet high and two feet wide and completely covered the Roman soldier.
  • It was made of usually six layers of animal hide specially tanned and woven together so tightly it was almost like steel.
  • The shields also had hooks on it that could connect with other shields to create a wall that prevented the oncoming arrows from getting through as the army advanced on the enemy.

No well-trained soldier went to battle without his shield; it was his guarantee that he would be guarded against deadly arrows.

  • The arrows referenced here were made from long, slender pieces of cane and filled with combustible fluids that explode on impact.
  • These were not used in normal combat but reserved for a fortified place or an encampment.

God has given each of us the measure of faith that is adequate to cover every need we have. That faith is supposed to be out front where it can completely cover and protect us.

  • Our shield of faith is never to be held to our side or behind our back. We must make the choice to take the shield of faith and place it in front of us.
  • If we find that we have laid down our faith at some time. If we have gotten discouraged or have stopped believing, it is never too late to pick up our shield of faith.
  • Our faith will only work in our life the way it was meant to when we choose to pick it up and put it where it belongs – out in front.
  • As we choose to take up the shield of faith we are in a position to thwart every single attack that the enemy throws our way.

Because the Roman soldier’s shield was leather it would become stiff and breakable if not properly taken care of. Each morning the Roman would take a vial of oil and rub it into the leather to keep it soft, supple, and pliable. This is also true about our faith.

  • Without a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit our faith will become stiff and breakable.
  • If we allow our faith to go undeveloped it won’t be soft, supple, and pliable.

The Roman’s also saturated their shields in water to quench the fiery arrows of the enemy

  • The shields would extinguish the arrows on impact.
  • When we keep our faith completely saturated in the Word of God we have the power to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the adversary.

The purpose of the shield of faith is to put us in a position to move in God’s dynamic power. 1 Peter 1:5 says “who through faith are shielded by God’s power.”

  • When our faith activates the power of God it puts a protective shield between us and every demonic onslaught that might come against us.
  • Rick Renner says “When the power of God and faith are operative in your life, you are like a huge army tank, with the ability to move your position forward without taking any loses!”

Satan’s covert way of coming against us is using those fiery darts that include but aren’t limited to:

  • Blasphemous thoughts
  • Hateful thoughts
  • Doubts that can include doubts about the gospel itself
  • A burning desire of sin
  • An unexplainable conflict in a relationship
  • Arousal of the worst most vile emotions

Satan’s goal is to fill us with unbelief that will eventually destroy us. These fiery arrows are meant to do something destructive and horrendous in our mind and emotions. They are meant to enflame us like a fire burning out of control.

  • If these fiery arrows have been effective in our life it is evident that we have a crack in our shield of faith.
  • If we begin to believe the lie, the falsehood is most likely empowered to become a reality.
  • As long as he can get us to think inaccurately about God, ourselves, or others he can take us down a dangerous trail.

Faith in God and His word protects us from our enemy. Here are three examples of how faith can remain strong:

  • Trusting in God’s character and that He always has our best in mind.
  • Trusting in God’s promises and His Word.
  • Trusting in God’s purpose and timing. God’s ways are not always easy but are always the best.

How much damage can Satan do if by faith we cast those fiery arrows down?

  • Those arrows cannot harm us if they are lying on the ground and that is what the shield of faith does for us. It puts out the fire of the devil’s hellish accusations.
  • As we keep our shield of faith out front and completely covering us, the arrows will bounce right off us.
  • When we are walking in faith that is anointed by the power of the Holy Spirit, our faith will defend us.

We, as believers, are also called to march together, holding our closely connected shields of faith out in front of us. Anytime there is division in the body of Christ the enemy will have a foothold. When we are unified we will find the strength we need to stand against the enemy. When we have that kind of unity among believers, it doesn’t matter what the devil brings against us we will be able to steadily and aggressively move forward.

Prayer:

Lord, I thank You for giving me a shield of faith that completely covers me from head to toe. I don’t have to constantly succumb to the devil’s attacks. By holding my shield of faith above all, and out in front so that it covers me completely, as You intended it to do, I can be protected from the attacks that the enemy would like to wage against me. I repent for the times I’ve let my shield lay at my side, while I stayed busy complaining about the devil giving me fits. I realize now that it’s up to me to pick up my shield of faith, and put it where it belongs. So with Your help, Lord, I am reaching out right now to pick it up, to hold it out front, and to do my part to make sure the enemy has no access to me! I pray this in Jesus’ name!

I confess that God has given me a shield of faith that protects me against the works of the enemy. If I will hold my faith out front — and today I commit myself to doing just that — God’s Word guarantees that this mighty shield will thwart the fiery darts that the enemy wants so desperately to throw at me. My shield will cause those darts to bounce off, thereby protecting me from being struck. I will walk with my shield of faith out in front, so that it covers me, as God intended for it to do. As long as I do that, I can be confident that I will move forward in life without the enemy winning any full-scale attack against me!  I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!


The Armor of God – Shoes of the Gospel of Peace

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It is August 27, 1943 the time is 1927 or 7:27 pm the 305th Bomber Group is just coming out of a bombing raid on Watton France and they are surrounded with flack. The B-17 “Moonbeam” is riding “tail end Charlie”. First, Joe Kosmicky, the belly gunner, is killed with a direct hit to the turret. The next burst took off the tip of the left wing and then came the bad one. It went into the bottom of the left inboard engine and burst before it came out of the top. The #2 engine caught fire and Bob Coffman, the co-pilot, looks outside to see the fire melting the aluminum covering right off the wing. The fire and flames were streaming clear back past the tail. Don Moore, the pilot, calls for his men to bail out. As the crew bails out Bob Coffman finds bullet holes in his parachute, Don Moore gives Bob his parachute expecting to use the backup for himself. After Bob bails out the left wing fell off putting the plane in a spin, with the pressure created in a spin Don Moore was never able to bail out. His crew called him Pappy Moore out of the sheer respect they had for him. His co-pilot described him as “cool as a cucumber” through all of this, his Bombardier called him a providential agent, and his Navigator tried to put in for D. F. C. when he returned from POW camp. As the Engineer, Warren Seyfried, was in POW camp he had a fellow answer his comments on what happened “Red, there are two ways to die. To die for nothing at all, or to die for life – for thousands of lives.” And Seyfried felt that is the way Don went. He was the way. Not just on the outside, but all the way through. He proved that.

This is how peace can work, even though Don gave his life for his men it was the peace that was in him that allowed him to keep the plane steady as his men bailed out.

Peace expresses the idea of wholeness, completeness, or tranquility in the soul that is unaffected by outward circumstance or pressures, it strongly suggests the rule of order in a place of chaos. When a person is dominated by peace, he has a calm, inner stability that results in the ability to conduct himself peacefully even in the midst of circumstances that would normally be very nerve-racking, traumatic, or upsetting.

When we finally give-up trying to discover all the answers to the “whys” in our lives and decide to trust a sovereign God, unexpected peace washes over us.

The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)

He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me. (Psalm 55:18)

Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble. (Psalm 119:165)

And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever. (Isaiah 32:17)

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. (Isaiah 48:18)

Isaiah references peace as being like a river.

  • A river is never stagnant or still but powerful and constantly moving. To have peace like a river is to have security and tranquility of heart and mind while meeting many bumps and unexpected turns on life’s journey.
  • Peace is submission to a trustworthy Authority, however any activity not under God’s authority will prove to be a source of turmoil and exhaustion.

When peace is in place in our life, it gives us the assurance needed to step out in faith and make the moves God is leading us to make.

And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. (Eph. 6:15 NASB)

The shoes of a Roman soldier were vicious weapons.

  • It started with a greave at the top of the knee and extended down to the upper portion of the foot.
  • The shoe had spikes one to three inches long on the bottom to hold them in firmly in place, give them a grip to move forward and could also be used to kick or stomp on the enemy.

The enemy may try to disrupt us, distract us, and steal our attention by causing negative events to whirl around us, but these attempts will fail with the peace of God in us.

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Any time there is an absence of peace we first need to look in the mirror, be honest with our self and ask, have we violated any principle of God’s Word or disobeyed the will of God?

  • If we trust our sovereign God and our supernatural peace is being disturbed we need to recognize that we are under siege.
  • Satan loves to cast doubt using false gospels. He adds human effort and works, to the gospel of grace through faith.
  • He is also called an angel of light and is very good at making lies look good as he mixes some of Gods truth in his lies.
  • The devil will try to cause us to fall flat on our face through our spiritual walk and send us on a roller coaster that has us feeling up one day and down the next.

God’s plan is that our lives are dominated with prevailing and conquering peace, regardless of how hard the enemy or the daily affairs of life hit us. When this supernatural peace rules our hearts the devil cannot gain a foothold of our mind and emotions.

There are two different kinds of peace we can experience.

  • First, is the peace with God, this is what we all experience when we first come to the lord for salvation.
  • Second, is the peace of God, this is the weapon given to us to stand up against the enemy.

The peace of God protects us from everything the enemy may try to use to disturb our abundant life. It also allows us to continue moving forward in all walks of life. When we let the peace of God rule our life we allow Him to call the shots on all the decisions and emotions in our life.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15 NKJV)

Roman soldiers received orders to carry out difficult missions that led them to rocky and thorny places and to scale difficult barriers. The greave protected the soldier’s legs from being bruised, lacerated or broken in battle and the spiked shoe stabilized them and moved them forward.

God gives each of us assignments in life that can lead us through some challenging times. Like the greaves and shoes of the Roman soldier, peace protects us, helps us stand firm and allows us to walk forward.

  • Without the protective peace of God it is possible for us to be mentally and emotionally bruised and battered through rough situations.
  • When the peace of God is ruling our heart, mind, and emotions we can press our way through the toughest situations, successfully fulfilling our assignment.
  • As we make it past the rough situations the enemy may try to abort our victory. But with the peace of God working in us we will prevail.
  • It shields our mind and emotions from wounds and fears that can impair our faith.

As the three inch spikes on the bottom of the Roman’s shoes held them in place, so will the peace of God firmly plant our feet in the ground. In “Dressed to Kill” Rick Renner says:

“A person who has the peace of God actively functioning in his or her life is like a tall palm tree that is blown viciously by the winds of a hurricane. The fierce winds may bend the tree over, but when the storm passes, that palm tree pops right back up to its former position. Although the storm was severe, the roots of that tree held it in place.”

  • When God speaks to us and gives us a personal Biblical promise the enemy will try to mentally assault us.
  • Regardless of the attacks of the enemy the peace of God keeps us in place until the work of God in this area is complete.

Ephesians 6:14 says we are to stand firm. Standing firm is done through faith and as we seek to stand firm in faith the peace of God enables us to maintain our ground.

  • Just as the roots of a palm tree hold it in place when a storm comes against it, God’s peace will hold us in our stance of faith against all the attacks of the enemy.
  • We must learn how to plant our feet firmly in God’s Word and then by faith stand firm unmoved and unhindered by the devil’s threats and lies.
  • Do we try to stand in faith? Do we try to stand for a miracle?

The three inch spikes on the Roman shoe allowed them to continue moving forward.

  • With the peace of God ruling our life we can walk through the devises of the enemy and realize that even through the work of the enemy we have never had more joy.
  • Stay alert to this truth: As we grow in our walk with God, spiritual confrontation will come to challenge our growth. Walking in the prevailing and conquering peace of God prevents the devil’s effectiveness

Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! (2 Thess. 3:16)

This is a joint partnership between us and God. By ourselves we could never keep Satan subdued but God is right there with us. Jesus completely destroyed Satan’s power through His death and resurrection. Our God-given mission is to reinforce that victory. With the God of peace on our side we are a whole lot bigger than the devil. Throw back your shoulders, hold your head up high, dig your heels down as deep as you can, and do as much damage to the enemy as you possibly can.

Prayers:

Lord, thank You for the peace you have placed in my life. This powerful spiritual weapon protects me from the assaults of life, enabling me to stand firm, even in the face of the occasional storms that try to blow into my life, and helps me continue moving forward. When adverse situation arise against me, help me remember to immediately release this divine force to safeguard my life. I pray this in Jesus’ name

I confess that God’s peace rules my mind and emotions, protecting me from the ups and downs of life. When storms are trying to rage against me and situations are hostile towards me, God’s peace covers and safeguard me from all harm, because divine peace is operating in me. This mighty and powerful piece of spiritual weaponry is mine to use day and night. Although the devil may try to kick, punch, pull, and distract me, that conquering peace empowers me to keep marching ahead, oblivious to the devil’s attempts to take me down! I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name.


The Armor of God – Breastplate of Righteousness

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On July 9, 1755, George Washington colonel of the Virginia militia, General Edward Braddock of the British army and 84 other American and British officers rode toward Fort Duquesne – now the city of Pittsburg, accompanied by 1300 troops to expel the French in the French and Indian war.  Seven miles from the fort they were ambushed in a wooded ravine.  In the ensuing two hour battle 30 of the French and Indian attackers had been killed, 714 of the 1300 British and American troops had been shot. Of the 86 British and American officers, only George Washington was left on horseback, all the others had been shot down.  He was in every part of the field, a conspicuous mark for the murderous rifle. Two horses were shot under him. Four bullets passed through his coat. His escape without a wound was miraculous. Dr. Craik, who was on the field attending to the wounded, watched him with anxiety as he rode about in the most exposed manner, and used to say that he expected every moment to see him fall.

Fifteen years later, in the peacetime of 1770, Washington and his close personal friend, Dr. James Craik had opportunity to return to the scene of the ambush from which he was so miraculously delivered.  Hearing that George Washington had come back, an old Indian chief traveled a long way just to meet with him.  The chief, a leader in the ambush and following battle, had waited 15 years to personally meet the object of his respect.  The chief explained that he had commanded his braves to single out and kill all the officers.  Washington had been earmarked for death and the chief himself had fired at him seventeen times without effect.  Believing Washington to be under protection of the “Great Spirit,” the chief then ordered the braves to not harm him.  Finally, the chief said to Washington,

“I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. . . I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.”

George Washington had no idea what a mark in history he would become through or after that day of July 17, 1755, but like David with Goliath he stood against the enemy believing in his righteousness.

As we believe in the truth of who we are and what we have in Christ it allows us to continue the armor of God

. . . with the breastplate of righteousness in place . . .(Ephesians 6:14)

Most of us are familiar with the statement ‘Once a Marine always a Marine’; one thing the Marine Corps is known for is rebuilding a person into a Marine. When they are asked who they are their natural response becomes ‘I am a Marine’. In a way, that is how righteousness works for us. When asked who we are, as Christians we should respond that we are righteous.  But what does it mean to be righteous?

We may have the impression that righteous means to become perfect before we are protected by the armor of God, but that is not what it is about.

  • We have already been given the belt of truth, righteousness is living that truth.
  • Righteousness is accepting who we are in Christ and believing in God’s Truth.
  • When God looks at us, He sees us completely clean and forgiven and through that we are righteous.
  •  It is putting to practice what God has told us through His Word. Righteousness is aligning our will to God’s will and standing our ground because we believe what God tells us.

Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (Romans 4:3)

When we read about Abraham he was not perfect, in fact he did a lot of things wrong, but he always believed God and the words given to him.

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4:20- 22)

It is possible to be in possession of the gift of righteousness and yet never fully receive it.

  • Unfortunately about 90% of the Body of Christ has not taken possession of their righteousness and walk in condemnation.
  • The Holy Spirit will convince us of the lies we have believed, through repentance we will make an agreement with the Spirit of Truth, and in light of the Spirit of Truth we change what we believe and accept God’s truth.

Satan will try to counterfeit that conviction with accusations and it is designed to drive us into false comforts to ease our guilt.

  • He wants to tell us that we aren’t righteous and that we are of no value to God or man.
  • The devil desires to penetrate a person’s mind and emotions, and delights in finding believers who do not know they are righteous.
  • If we don’t have your breastplate firmly in place the devil will be able to deal a blow that injures our spiritual walk immensely.
  • When we walk in the lies, we willfully rebel against the truth God has shown us; we open ourselves to demonic attack.
  • With this wrong attitude we would be defeated before that battle even started. Consider these questions:
    • Is there any area of your life that God has spoken truth to you that you have rebelled against and opened a door to the enemy?
    • Are you being deceived?

Being people of flesh we can grow deaf to God’s instructions fully convinced we are following Him completely.

  • That is deception which results in unrighteousness, and that leads to vulnerability in the face of demonic attack.
  • If we aren’t wearing the breastplate of righteousness our heart can be condemned by the enemy and our minds deceived.
  • But when we stand firm with our breastplate, our backs are also guarded.

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. (Isaiah 58:8)

Righteousness is using these spiritual weapons God gives us to their God-given potential. And that requires risk, but the righteous are as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1).

  • When we know that God has made us righteous it doesn’t matter what the enemy shoots against us because nothing will penetrate. We stand our ground because we believe what God tells us.
  • When we understand this God-given righteousness serves as a breastplate it will affect our attitude positively and profoundly, it will impart both confidence and tremendous authority.
  •  With that confidence and authority our righteous boldness may come across as egocentric or arrogant, they won’t understand that we are Christians that now understand that we are the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).

David experienced having his righteousness looked at as arrogance with his brother in 1 Samuel 17:28 but his righteousness is shown verses 45-49.

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

As David shows with Goliath, God has clothed us with a piece of armor called the breastplate of righteousness. By developing an attitude of righteousness and seeing ourselves through the work of the Cross, we will receive a divine impartation of confidence and boldness that will always put us on the winning side.

The devil will still attempt to tell us that we are not righteous but once we have our breastplate of righteousness firmly in place, we can fight any foe and face any enemy! As we begin to walk in righteousness, all we have to do is walk into a dark situation, and that darkness will flee from us. Evil forces always flee from the brilliant light that righteousness brings out in us.


Joshua Motes

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