WEEK 5 • APRIL 4- 10
PREPARATION FOR WARFARE GODS ARMOR EXPLAINED: PART 2
1 PETER 5:8; EPHESIANS 6:10-16
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" (1 Peter 5:8)
Armor of God — Defensive spiritual protection given to us from God that we are to put on.
Stand against the wiles of the devil by putting on God's Armor. Gods Armor explained to help the believer to increase and maintain strength in the Lord.
Emphasis 1 — Shield of Faith
The piece of protection was designed by God to intercept Satan's fiery darts (arrows). In ancient times, the shield was made of different materials. Two things are noteworthy for this emphasis: First, soldiers were known to drench their shields with water so that when fiery arrows struck the soaked shields, the fire would be extinguished. Second, the soldier was also able to use his shield as a body cover so that he could crouch behind it if necessary. The application is simply this — our faith is in God. 1 John 5:4, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcom-eth the world, even our faith." When satan shoots fiery darts of temptation, distractions, division, and other things, these darts are designed to destroy, to wound, and to set fires. When we use our shield of faith, these darts are extinguished. Derek Prince also mentioned something that I believe is worth repeating — "Our shield of faith must be complete in all its dimensions. It must cover spirit, soul, and body". Read these Scriptures in the NIV for further reference: 2 Samuel 22:31; Psalm 7:10.
Emphasis 2 — Helmet of salvation
This helmet protects our minds and our thought processes. Simply put, the mind is a battlefield. The enemy always attempts to distract us with lies, doubt, discouragement, defeat, etc. We must put on the helmet of salvation. First Thessalonians 5:8, "But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation." The hope of salvation as a helmet is always protection for the believer, especially in times of crises and challenge. The helmet of salvation helps us to keep Christ-like thoughts in our minds. In Philippians 4:8, the Apostle Paul encourages us, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
Emphasis 3 — Sword of the spirit
Some scholars have stated that the sword of the spirit is the only offensive piece of armor mentioned in Ephesians 6. The sword of the spirit is the Word of God. We must know the Word. Second Timothy 2:15 challenges us to study the Word. Hebrews 4:12 states, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." We must know the Word, be able to speak and declare it to be effective against Satan and his kingdom. How powerful is speaking, especially speaking the Word! Proverbs 18:21 declares, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."
MISSION APPLICATION QUESTIONS
How has your faith in God been a powerful shield for you in any recent events in your life?
Looking at our current cultural challenges, where do you see the enemy constantly
challenging God's Word, which is the sword of the spirit?
WORLD MISSIONS PRAYER POINTS
Let us pray that the church (the body of Christ) will continue to raise the shield of faith when under attack from satan.
Pray for yourself, your family, your local church leaders, and mission workers that we will all aggressively study and memorize the Word of God.
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