"... let us put on the armor of light."
The Word of the Lord to you today is: “The Church is ascending! It is written, we are more than conquerors, and so it is. Be not dismayed.” Praise God!
We are on Part 5 of a study in prayer. Let’s take a quick overview of previous lessons.
Jesus’ ministry was centered on a life of prayer; holy oneness united in continual communion with His Father. Five scriptures from the gospel of John reveal to us that Jesus “can of Himself do nothing.” When He spoke peace to the windstorm that was raging on the sea, we asked, “Did He pray beforehand”?
Next we saw that Jesus dominated the natural by living from the inside…out. We learned about the carnal nature and the influence of religious tradition and its terrible grip to hinder answered prayer. Effective prayer is a life of abiding in Jesus and His anointed Word abiding within us. We can achieve nothing without Him.
Part 3 dealt with the benefits of God’s correction, the walk of faith, His acceleration of all things, praying in unity and oneness with each other and remembering that our Father is a good God and has provided everything we will ever need on earth for us to fulfill our assignments. And also a reminder not to leave God on our prayer shelf when we’re through praying, but to let His Spirit affect every hour of our days activities.
The last lesson reminded us that we have a hidden treasure within us that must be protected, for there is a thief that desires to hinder, to minimize your prayer power, and to remove the effectiveness of your flow of living water. Redeeming the time and walking not as fools but with wisdom is the plea from Heaven for this hour. And this subject brings us to today’s lesson.
Gods’ Armor—Armor For Prayer
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13
Who puts it on? How many pieces are there? What does it protect?
It is God’s armor. Since God is a Spirit, His armor is spiritual.
His weapons are spiritual because we are in a spiritual war. Did Jesus wear God’s armor? First let me ask you this: What do all these pieces of armor have in common?
There is not one piece of armor that is apart from God’s Word.
Since Jesus is the Word made flesh, He in His earthly ministry always had on the armor. Have you ever noticed that Christians who are steadfast in the faith are not Christians who read their Bible only once a week on Sunday morning? More is required now. Evidently studying, reading, and being taught God’s Word from anointed preachers has a systemic effect on our ability to triumph in spiritual warfare.
That reminds me of a science experiment children sometimes do in school. They take a flower and put it in a glass of water. Then they add dye to the water. Soon whatever color of dye they added to the water gets absorbed into the system of that flower. The flower becomes that color.
God’s Word is systemic.
God’s Armor is His Power to Us to Stand and Conquer
Stand therefore having:
- girded your waist with truth
- put on the breastplate of righteousness
- shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace
- above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one
- take the helmet of salvation
- and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God
- praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Ephesians 6:14-18)
God’s Army of Pray-ers
God’s armor is primarily weapons to be used for prayer. They are for your protection. Only one is for offensive warfare.
Know your weapons. Use your weapons. Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-6.
Defensive weapons are for: protection, preservation, security, guard, maintenance, care, safekeeping, fortification
Offensive Weapon -The Sword : attack, assault, charge, aggression
How can we rise up? How can we overcome in this evil day?
Proverbs 4: 4-14
“He also taught me, and said to me:
‘Let your heart retain my words;
Keep my commands, and live.
Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.
Hear, my son, and receive my sayings,
And the years of your life will be many.
I have taught you in the way of wisdom;
I have led you in right paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life.
Do not enter the path of the wicked,
And do not walk in the way of evil.’”
Remember dear Saint, even if you are alone while reading this lesson, you have the Kingdom of God within you. Jesus is the Head of His Church. He loves The Church and gave Himself for her and is in the process of bringing correction for the glory to manifest. We are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. Ephesians 5:25-32
Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us, but be wise. This is not a time to be offended with people and go it alone. Stay in church! Love the brethren. Stay together. The army is moving forward for revival!
You who bring good tidings,
Get up into the high mountain;
You who bring good tidings,
Lift up your voice with strength,
Lift it up, be not afraid;
Say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God!’” Isaiah 40:9
PRAYING FOR OUR CITIES:
The Church to arise! The lost to seek Jesus! Elected leaders to do the will of Almighty God!
For a deeper study of what each piece of God’s armor is and how to put it to work for you, go back to previous lessons on this subject, beginning with April 23, 2013 through May 21, 2013.
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