The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
Bread and Water Part 5
"He's a knight in shining amour". When we think of this term, we will think of someone in a suit of amour much as the knights of "King Author" wore. It was battle gear.
Every army has the duty to do as much as possible to equip those that would be in battle with the best "battle gear" as possible. This gear did not only include offensive weapons, it also included defensive equipment. This includes equipment to keep those fighting the battle from harm such as the suit of amour in King Author's day to flak jackets and helmets today.
We have shown that we are in a war today. This war was started before time as we know it began when Lucifer who was then known as the son of the morning tried to be like the "MOST HIGH" (Isaiah 14:11-17) It will only end at the end of time but we do know the outcome. We win by the Power of the LAMB of GOD. Meanwhile, I want to remind you that every person is in this battle. No one is exempt. There are no neutrals in this war. No one can "sit this one out" We all have a job to do. This is pointed out in "Onward Christian Soldiers".
Now I want to tell you about the battle gear the commanders of the armies offer their people.
First, satan is the commander one army. He offers…NOTHING! One reason for this is that he does not want even us to know there is a war going on. Oh, he does give a lot of offensive weapons, but no defensive weapons, at least none that will work. The offensive weapons? Lies…he is the father of lies. Rumors, slander, violence, empty promises, indifference, drugs, sexual lust, envy, jealousy, and procrastination are just a few of these weapons. Add to those are bitterness, rage and it becomes easy to see that all of satan's weapons are similar to the bombs the suicide bombers use in their battle which show that the only one that we know will be destroyed are those using these weapons.
Let's compare this to the battle gear the Lord of Host gives His army. We find it in Ephesians chapter six and I will go over this verse by verse starting with verse ten.
10: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
**Our strength and ability do not come from us, it comes from our commander in chief.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9**
11: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
**Please notice that we are told to put it on….just as a flak jacket will do a soldier no good unless it is worn, we have to apply the armour that God gives us on a daily basis, and often a moment by moment basis. When an attack is launched, it is too late to put on the battle gear. **
12: 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.
**In battle, we can often tell an enemy from the uniform they wear or the insignia on an airplane or vehicle. Most often we knew we were facing the enemy but often this enemy had little motivation to fight and many gave up easily because the real enemy was using them to fight a battle they did not really want to fight. Those in satan's army are often innocent pawns in his battle against GOD. As we face them, we need to realize the real enemy is the wickedness in high places. No, this is not talking about Washington or Moscow . It is talking about satan and his demons and as such, it should not be our motivation to destroy the "ground troops" in his army…but to help them see the need to defect. We can do this when we realize that their weapons can not harm us as long as we do have our battle gear on:
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:17
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 2 Corinthians 10:4
A stronghold is a wrong mindset. It is a way of thinking that contradicts what God says. The strongest of these strongholds that must be brought down is thinking that we have to work to gain eternal life. We bring these strongholds down by exposing them to the truth of the Word of God. Just as the best way to overcome darkness is to turn on a light because we can shine light into a darkened room but we can not shine darkness into a brightly lit room, the best way to offset lies, it to show the truth. No we do not keep arguing about it, we present it and then leave it to God…remember the battle belongs to the LORD!
We do need to remember however, that just as some spies dressed as friendly soldiers during wars, satan has those who try to blend in with Christians but they do not belong to the LORD.
Unfortunately too many real "Christian soldiers" also act like the enemy. Some of this may because they have not matured yet and they need some guidance to do so.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
**This will explain to us what the battle gear we are to have and to wear consist of. Notice that to be fully protected, we are to have the whole armour of God, not just part of it. **
14: Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
**Our loins are our gut and reproductive organs. The Bible tells us that the truth will set us free so it is no surprise that truth would be what will reproduce…..to show someone their need to trust Christ means that we show them the truth of the Word of God. This is how Christians reproduce. In reality, since each person is born into satan's army, the only way for a Christian to reproduce is to help these people see their need to…defect.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me John 14:6
From this verse, we notice that Jesus is the TRUTH.
Next in our battle gear is the breastplate of righteousness
The breastplate covers the chest area. It protects the heart and lungs.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew
no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
15: And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be
called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
16: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for
he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God
17: And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name
under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any twoedged 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.
So you see my friend, our armour....ALL our armour IS JESUS CHRIST
He is everything we need, everything we ever wanted, He is our strong
defender, Our gentle shepherd. When we stray, HE looks for us. When
we are weak HE is our strength. He binds our wounds when we fall
down, He goes before us in battle, and when we keep our eyes on HIM.
we can not be defeated.
HE is the author and finisher our our salvation
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the
joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
JESUS.....JESUS.....JESUS....We can SHOUT it from the rooftops...or
whisper it in the dark, and HE IS THERE! In good times and in bad,
In sickness and in health. In triumph and in tragedy. He IS there!
When all others abandon us, HE has never left. When everyone is
crowding around us and we forget, He is there...standing in the
shadows waiting to be invited back.
JESUS (whispered) or JESUS (shouted)
The results are the same. HE IS THERE!
JESUS...HE was there caught in the bushes when Abraham offered up
JESUS...He was the ARK that Noah counted on to save his family
JESUS...He was in the furnace with the three Hebrew children and closing
the mouths of lions for Daniel in the lion's den.
JESUS...HE was lifted high as a brass serpent when serpents were
biting His people and all they had to do...was to look...and live.
JESUS.... a baby in a manger...oh how fitting for the LAMB of GOD
who came to take away the sin of the world.
JESUS....JESUS....JESUS....there...broken, beaten, abused and mocked
nailed to a cross but knowing it was not the beatings or the nails
that caused HIS pain, but knowing that HE would suffer something
WE....mere humans will NEVER have to suffer if we trust in Him....Being FORSAKEN BY THE FATHER!
JESUS....the Most powerful name ever to exist...for it is at the name
of JESUS....that EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW....
Folks this mean even the knees of those who have abused you will bow. Those who have rejected and ridiculed you, those who have mocked you will bow and even the knees of satan himself and all of his demons shall bow at the name of JESUS.....and their mouths will declare that Jesus IS LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS!
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in
heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
My friend, the Full armour of GOD...is JESUS.
If you do not know HIM...PLEASE PLEASE come to HIM today....
How to have eternal life
There is one last part of this battle gear that many overlook. Communications.
18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
We need to keep the lines of communication open not only to the Commander in Chief, (this is the only army that each of us have a direct line to the Commander in Chief) but to each other as we share one another's burdens and lift up each other, in support and prayer much as Aaron and Hur lifted up the arms of Moses as they fought Amalek (see Bread and Water Part Four "Facing the Battle")
We need to set aside petty differences to work for a common goal…to help each of us become all that GOD wants for us. We need to help each other accomplish the expected end that Jeremiah 29:11 promises each of us.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
This end is to help us become more like Christ as we mature and progress in this battle. Please remember each time you get discouraged, that this battle has already been won! It was won over 2,000 years ago on a hill called Mount Calvary on an older rugged Cross and this was proven beyond all doubt by the EMPTY TOMB.
Our battle plan is laid out in the Word of God, the Bible as the last chapter of this battle plan tells the results of the victory the LORD of Host has provided….a new heaven and a new earth where no evil will exist again forever more...for we see in the chapter just before this that all evil will be cast into outer darkness where all of those that satan had deceived and who had not defected to the LORD's army will be for all eternity.
Whose battle gear do YOU have on?
If it is not the battle gear provided by the LORD of Host, your battle gear will only lead to your destruction…so defect today. It is easy….this is how:
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