If you are like me, you know nothing about armor, right? I had a friend whose father was a SWAT commander with the APD, and I have written my fair share of stories but I did learn a little from ministers. David went after Goliath whose staff was like weavers beam with only a sling shot, now that staff is double what you see in the movies. Saul’s armor was too large for a young man. It took God and His armor, though I watched a program that showed proficient Jews who could break things with one, a giant or evil spirit even the devil behind the person is not going to be brought down by a mere mortal. David came in the name of the Lord, Goliath hat no covenant with Him. Now, we have the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit as our armor, and like the king’s armor, He can or situations can be too heavy for us, it takes Jesus in us.
I had to do some research for some of my stories as they are set in WWII, and warfare has increased and technology, I was thinking of armor piercing bullets and such. And nuclear war is likely at some point, why this post is important.
Perhaps you recall a bank robbery years ago in Los Angeles, the thieves in their body armor were the only ones killed that day, but the Lord intervened there. I heard an officer’s testimony, who as a believer, was no doubt protected by greater armor, he stated that he could feel the devil’s presence there. And while the greater one is in us, 1 John 4:4, the enemy is in the world too. Do we always call on Him to be our armor?
Let’s look at the Word on armor and also how the enemy blinds us. Not only unbelievers, but believers who are oppressed, our eyes have to be opened to his devices. I have seen a lot of Bible movies and in one old one they polish the shields to blind the army, the devil can’t create, he only copies, is he polishing his shield against us?
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil 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 firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: 2 Thessalonians 2:8 KJV
Let’s look at Ephesians, the devil doesn’t want us to be strong in the Lord. His helmet is salvation, covering our heads, minds, will and emotions that make up the soul. The devil’s helmet is unbelief, chaos and confusion, fear. Not caution or concern but dreadful fear. And his belt is made of lies, breastplate, unrighteousness and what troubles the heart. And shoes, not the shoes of the gospel of peace, but soles that will steal souls.
We are to pray in the Spirit, and that does allude to the gift of tongues, which builds our faith. We are to be alert, and pray for all the saints or believers, this verse is how I believe that people have the idea of praying to saints. Jesus is the one to turn to and His weapons are powerful, and prayer is only one of them. The Holy Spirit prays for us. Romans 8:26, having had a life threatening hospital stay, and coming too close to death on a couple of other occasions, I have often ask Him to pray for me, because I don’t know what all is going on and He does. Now, the sword is the Spirit and above all the the shield of faith. God is protecting us, though we might feel like He is keeping us in the dark, the Spirit gives gifts when He chooses and see spiritual enlightenment. He knows if we study, believe and will apply it to our lives.
Jesus, by sealing us with His Spirit provided that shield. Shields were often soaked with water in order to deflect those fiery arrows or darts. The Spirit is the water, the living water that flows from us, and also the fire that we fight the fire with. It is up to us what we choose to profess and believe, Jesus could not do miracles where there was unbelief.
I have been told that believers cannot be possessed. I don’t think so either, but there are those who are not truly committed but claim to be, for whatever reason, I am not here to judge, God knows hearts, but we are to use wisdom and know fruit. I had some encounters in the hospital, and there were some words spoken over me, that I refused to believe. And one special moment before I was discharged. I told my mother about it and the person I think was most touched by my stay, though I didn’t get into witnessing or preachy, she told me that the person saw the Lord in me. For that, I am glad. And so thankful to be home, walking by faith, even if I need a walker and can’t drive, I walk by faith. And though I didn’t walk out of the hospital like I told the chaplain I wanted to , I am out because of that armor, and Jesus, by the Spirit took out that giant.
As for believers, they can be oppressed and are affected by the enemies tactics and spiritual warfare. But our armor is is much better! If you are a believer, don’t let the devil deceive you. I have had people refuse to believe it is His will to heal, in tongues and spiritual gifts, which is why the Holy Spirit gives wisdom and discernment, there are many false practices. And I know everyone is not healed, He has mercy on many who are tired of the battle or just too hurt too survive years of surgeries or therapy or might remain vegetative, I don’t know everything. I had a friend who did not survive a third battle with cancer, and prayed for a handsome, thirty two year old missionary who did not beat malaria. I know they were prayer warriors and had experienced healing and the miraculous, and here I am still here, I celebrated my sixtieth birthday in the hospital,
I thought about that. People sometimes have survivor’s guilt. I don’t think that is me, I’m still here like Esther, for such a time as this. To proclaim His love and death until he comes and I believe He is on the horizon, and when the church is gone to meet Him, the catching away or Rapture, the lawless one will be revealed, and He will blind him forever returning in the Second Coming. Keep the armor of God on. He will blind our enemy.
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