Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Know your weapon.......

We are all at least familiar with the "Armor of God". This passage can be found in Ephesians 6. We are told to put on the whole armor of God. The author compares the armor of God to armor a warrior would use. He encourages the reader to cover all the vital portions of the body. We are to cover our heads with salvation this would mean that through all of our words and actions, we should remember the salvation that is offered through Jesus Christ. We are to cover our torso with the breastplate of righteousness. Not our own righteousness (which are compared to filthy rags), but the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We are to cover our feet the the Gosepel of Peace. We are to use our faith as a shield to not only deflect, but actually extinguish the devil's fiery darts. Equally important, we are to arm ourselves with an offensive weapon, the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The Word of God can be applied to every aspect of our lives.

We all know that the words that we speak have the power of life and death.(Proverbs 18:21) That is important to realize when we are attempting to apply the Word of God. We have to get it into us enough that we can understand it within the context it was intended. We need to know who it was written to, and who it was written for! There is a difference, for instance, Paul wrote the majority of his letters to specific groups of people (churches) throughout the Roman Kingdom. However, the content was intended for us (believers) to learn or glean from his specific teachings addressed to them.

It encourages me to see people have a desire for God's Word. I just encourage you to make sure you understand what you are reading or being taught. The Sword is a powerful weapon, but if used incorrectly, it can cause great harm to the user.

MayGod Bless You!

Ephesians 6-
The Armor of God
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.