The Spiritual Armor

Ephesians 6:14-18 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And 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, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

My child, Because of the spiritual warfare put on My whole protective covering.

  1. Loins girt about with truth. Child, the truth is to be a part of your spiritual covering or armor. You are to do the truth (John 3:21). Child, put the truth that you have received in your mind and heart, and into your life and actions by doing the word (truth) and not just hearing it. The truth will protect you from the lies of the devil that is spread by other people.
  2. Having on the breastplate of righteousness. Child, seek My kingdom and My righteousness. Your righteousness falls short and will not be a protective covering against the devil. Yield yourself unto Me and the members of your body as instruments of righteousness unto Me (Romans 6:13). My righteousness is My grace gift to you and is received through faith. It is My armor and My righteousness. It is expressed in obedience unto Me–I will lead you in paths of righteousness (Psalms 23:3).
  3. Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Child, your life is to be built on the foundation of the gospel of peace. You are to live at peace with Me and with others; “Follow peace with all men” (Hebrews 12:14). “If it is possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18). Share the gospel of peace with others that they can be saved and you will be able to have peace with them.
  4. Taking the shield of faith. Child, faith protects you from the doubt the devil would like to shoot into your mind and heart. These fiery darts are the lies that the devil sends your way. You are to resist the devil steadfast in the faith.
  5. Take the helmet of salvation. Child, stand firm in the salvation and deliverance I have given you.
  6. Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Child, the sword is My word and is under the control of the Spirit. The Spirit brings it to your mind (your remembrance) at the time of need (John 14:26). It comes from Me through My Spirit, you speak it and the Spirit backs it up. “My word will not return to Me void, but will accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I send it” (Isaiah 55:11).
  7. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Child, prayer is a part of spiritual warfare. It is an invitation for Me to take action on your behalf and the behalf of others.

Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:10-13 “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 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. Therefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

My child, be strong in Me and in the power of My might. My grace is sufficient for you and My strength is made perfect in your weakness. In your infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, and distresses the power of Christ will rest upon you (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). You can do all things through Christ which strengthens you (Philippians 4:1). You have the treasure of My Holy Spirit in you, that the excellency of the power may be of Me and not of yourself (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Child, put on My whole armor. It is spiritual in nature and will serve as a protective covering for you in spiritual warfare. Put it on that you may be able to stand against the wiles and tricks of the devil. “Be alert, be watchful; because your enemy the devil, is as a roaring lion, going about, seeking whom he may devour (destroy) (1 Peter 5:8). “He comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy but I am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Child, your warfare is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness, spiritual powers and spiritual rulers of the darkness of this world. For this reason cover yourself with My protective armor that you may be able to resist and to endure in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm and remain.

Two Kinds Of Wisdom

James 3:14-18 “If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”

The earthly, sensual, devilish kind: The lower wisdom is earthly, sensual, and devilish. This speaks of its origin and character. Earthly means it is related to the earth in its origin and character. Sensual explains that this lower wisdom is received through the body and its five senses as distinguished from the intellect. Devilish reveals that this lower wisdom is like or characteristic of the devil. This lower wisdom produces envying which is a discontent and dissatisfaction with ones situation. It produces strife, disagreements, and quarrels. This envying and strife then leads to confusion and disorder, and every work that is like or characteristic of the devil.

The Wisdom that is from above: The wisdom which is from above is higher and produces entirely different things, as you can see in the above portion of scripture. This heavenly wisdom which is from above is taught by the Holy Spirit: 1 Corinthians 2:13 says, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual”. God’s spiritual truth and wisdom is received through the teaching and revelation of the Holy Ghost and not through the teaching of man’s wisdom. The wisdom of God is so much higher than man’s it is like the heavens height above the earth (Isaiah 55:8-9). This wisdom is not received by man in his natural ability but is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). It is this wisdom that should guide us in this life. This wisdom should direct our thoughts, words, and actions.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8). God gives liberally. He gives freely and generously and without blaming or scolding us.

Two Levels Of Life

2 Corinthians 4:18 “Look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Two levels of existence. There is a lower, physical level (which is seen) and there is a higher, spiritual level (which is not seen). “The things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

  1. The lower level. This is the level that mankind exists on, his life is temporal. “What is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). It results from being born of the flesh. The non-Christian lives in the physical realm and walks in the flesh.
  2. The higher, spiritual level. This level of existence is not seen and is eternal. Like the wind you can see the evidence of its activity. God exists on this higher level. When a person is born of the Spirit he/she begins a spiritual, eternal life and has the ability to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. The Christian now has two natures; the physical and the spiritual. The Christian can walk (live) according to the flesh or he can walk (live) according the Spirit. It depends on the focus of the Christian. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen”. Colossians 3:1-2 says, “Seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth”. If the Christian is focused on the things of God with his mind and life he will walk differently than the non-Christian or the Carnal Christian. The Carnal Christian walks “as men of the world” (1 Corinthians 3:3) and his life, thoughts, words, and actions will be as that of the non-Christian.

If you are not a Christian you must be born again. If you don’t know how to be saved then read “God’s Plan Of Salvation” to the right of this page and seek out a Christian or church that can help you.

To the Christians I say, Let us stay focused on the things of God that we can live our life according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh.

We Are Overcomers

1 John 4:4 “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

He that is in the world: He is “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”. He is the one who tempts us to follow the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. He is the one who tempts us to fulfill the desires of the flesh, and of the mind. He is Satan and the devil.
He that is in us: He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of truth. He is the one who teaches us all things and brings to our remembrance what God has said unto us. He is the one who guides us into all truth. He is the one who enables us to display the fruit of the Spirit. He is the one who manifests Himself through us in the form of the gifts of the Spirit. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:7-11). “It is God which works in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). He works in us not just to bring our will in line with his will, but as we yield to his will He works in and through us to perform it. “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).

“Thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

The Coming Judgment

Luke 17:26-30 “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise, also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”
As I said yesterday the world is on a course. But where is this course headed? The course of this world is headed towards judgment.
In Noah’s day the world got worse and worse until God destroyed the world in a flood. “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart” (Genesis 6:5-6).
In Lot’s day it was the same in Sodom and Gomorrah and God sent fire from heaven and destroyed them.
The course of this world today is also getting worse and worse. Things on TV today would never have been allowed in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The world is getting further and further from God. Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah…as it was in the days of Lot…even so shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”
Be not conformed to this world. Don’t follow the course of this world. “There is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25). Walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Walk by faith and not by sight.

Heavenly Father, enable us to resist the temptations of this world and the desires of the flesh and enable us to live our life in obedience to you; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Course Of This World

Ephesians 2:2 “In time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.”
The course of this world. This world is traveling on a course. It is a path directed by the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. It is a path of disobedience to God and His word. It is a path that leads away from God. The prince of the power of the air is Satan and he uses the cares, the pleasures, and the riches of this world to distract us and to preoccupy our thoughts and our lives. His goal is to keep the word of God from bringing forth fruit in or lives. People who follow the course of the world live according to the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh, and of the mind. “The lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).
Look at our country. Not only do individuals follow the course of the world but groups of people can operate at this lower level. If you closely examine our country, you can see it. Our country has moved farther and farther away from God. You see it on TV, in the movies, in the music and in other aspects of the media. You see it in decisions that are made by our government and in the court system. Removing creationism, prayer, and the Bible from our schools is just one example. This subject is too large to deal with completely in this post but might be dealt with in a future Bible Study.
Christians. Once we walked in this way, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved)” (Ephesians 2:4-5). We were dead in trespasses and sins, but God quickened us, giving us new life through being born of His Spirit. Romans 6:4 tells us that we are to walk in newness of life. We are no longer to follow the course of this world and in disobedience unto God. “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof” (Romans 6:12). Let us not follow the course of the world, away from God and in disobedience to Him and His word.

God give us strength through your Spirit to walk in paths of righteousness for your names sake. Amen.

Be Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind

Romans 12:2 “Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Be not conformed to this world. Most people are busy being conformed to this world. They follow the latest fads. They seek after the latest fashions. They are involved with keeping up with the Joneses. They are too earthly minded to be of any heavenly good. To be carnally minded, focusing on the things of the flesh and physical things which are of this world is death. This carnal mind is enmity against God, is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. Those whose minds are focused on the flesh and the things of this world cannot please God.
Be transformed. To be spiritually minded is to focus on spiritual things and things of God and is life and peace. When we are born again, born of God’s Spirit, we become a new creature in Christ Jesus: old things are to pass away and all things are to become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). In other words, our lives are to be transformed (changed). For this change to take place our minds must be renewed. Philippians 2:5 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”. The renewing of our mind is a change from being carnally (earthly) minded to being spiritually minded. Our minds have been programmed by the world and people in the world. Our thinking is on a worldly level. Our mind is tied to the 5 senses and our thinking is linked to the 5 senses. Our minds must be transformed. This transformation will take place as the Holy Spirit opens the eyes of our understanding to the word of God and renews our minds. The Holy Spirit reveals the word of God to us and in the process, faith is created. We then can walk by faith and not by sight. We can walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Thus, our lives will prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
Let us make a commitment in this New Year. Let us stay in the word of God and pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint the word and reveal it to us that our minds may be renewed, and our lives transformed. This is a remarkable and an unspeakable experience.

God bless you in this New Year and in your journey.

Present Your Body Unto God

Romans 12:1 “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Present your body unto God. God does not persuade us through threats and penalties. He lures us through divine goodness and compassion. He desires our service for Him to be joyful and delightful. There must be willingness on our part. We must will this to be true and decide that we will do it.
1. The body is the portal to the world and is enticed to sin through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. If we, through the Spirit put the death the deeds of the body we shall live our lives in the Spirit and not in the flesh.
2. A living sacrifice. This means that our bodies are set apart and devoted to God and well-pleasing to Him. He can bless us and use us to carry out His will and we will become a delight to Him. We will thereby live a holy life and one that is acceptable unto God. We will also be blessed as we live this way.
3. Our reasonable service. This is nothing extreme but should be worth accepting considering what we know about God and have experienced of God. Considering what God has done and is going to do for us this should be more than acceptable for us.

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Jesus Our Shepherd

Psalms 23:1-6 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Jesus, our Shepherd, watches over us with loving concern. We shall not lack the things that we need whether they be physical, mental, or spiritual under His watchful eye. He will see that we are well fed by the milk and meat of His word. If we follow Him, He will lead us to places where we might find spiritual rest, peace, and refreshment. He will meet the needs of our soul, restoring us to spiritual health. By His word, His life, and His Spirit He leads us in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. He leads us in the way we live our lives and in how we minister. He leads us that we might fulfill the Father’s will as He did when He was here. He will protect us and guide us through the valley of the shadow of death. We will pass through it, not stay in it. We will be touched by only the shadow of death and not death itself (John 11:25-26). His presence, protection, and guidance will comfort us. He will prepare a place of peace, comfort, joy, fellowship, and nourishment in the midst of our enemies. He anoints us with His Holy Spirit, filling us to overflowing with rivers of living water flowing from our innermost being (John 7:38-39). His goodness and mercy shall follow us as a companion all the days of our lives. We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever for he has gone to prepare a place for us and will come again to receive us to himself that where he is there we shall be also (John 14:1-3).
As I said in yesterday’s post, we must listen to Him and follow Him. Herein we shall be blessed.
I urge you to get better acquainted with your Shepherd. To do this you must spend time with Him and in His word. Try to make him a part of your day by willfully thinking about him. Speak to yourself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19).

God Bless You.