Lesson 5
The Armour of God

The armour of God is our full protection in God’s work, and therefore, it is fundamental that we all walk very carefully in every area of this protection as first priority. Let us therefore go to Ephesians 6:10-18, starting at verse 10,

'Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might'.
This is talking about prayer, always first with everything we do with God , and for God. The original Bible says,

'Finally, my brethren, be strong in unity in the Lord and in unity with the power of His might’.

The more we know God, the stronger we will be in the Lord and in the unity in the power of His might. Why is this so important? Ephesians 6:14,

'Put on the whole armour of God, that ye 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. 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'.

Prayer is what enables us to withstand against the wiles of the devil.

Verse 14, 'Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness';

Truth is our first piece of armour. To know the truth of who Jesus is and what He had done for us and to walk in the truth. It is foundational to life. The belt in Jesus’ time kept the armour in place. If the belt broke the whole armour fell off. It is the same in the spiritual realm. If your spiritual belt breaks, through a untruth or a lie your whole life falls to pieces, one lie leads to another lie, one untruth to another untruth and confusion breaks in or the truth comes out and is shouted from the rooftops, and all credibility is lost. So walk in truth, and only tell the truth and the truth will protect you and keep you free. Verse 14 goes on to say and “having on the breastplate of righteousness! The breastplate protects your heart. If an arrow penetrates your heart you are dead it is the same spiritually. Sin removes your breastplate of righteousness, and the wages of sin is death.
James 5:16 is very interesting, saying,

'Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much'.

or another translation says, 'prayer that availeth much has great power in its effect'. How much? Let’s read on in verse 17, 18,
Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit'.

His Prayer had that much effect! Yet he was a person like we are, yet because he walked in righteousness he had power even over nature, through prayer.
Jesus is the one who walked in perfect righteousness and He had power over nature. He could walk on water, calm the storm and turn water into wine. This tells me that, walking in righteousness, gives us power to do the same. It is righteousness that makes us strong in Christ. It is righteousness that gives us the victory, and it is righteousness that enables us to walk in true freedom in Christ.
When the devil tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus answered with the word of God and it left. He knew that Jesus was too strong and too righteous for him. Yet in Acts 19:15, 16 we read,
'And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye'? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded'.

If a person has sin in him/her, he/she had better not cast out evil spirits. Why? Because the devil has no regard for a sinner since he already has control over that sinner. The devil only remembers the names of those who walk in righteousness. These are the ones he fears and flees from.
How does a person become a sinner? A person becomes a sinner the moment the temptation to do the wrong thing appears stronger than his ability to say “no”. The moment he yields to do that wrong thing, he immediately becomes weaker than the devil. Now the devil can tempt him easier the next time and the next, and that person becomes weaker and weaker in sin. That is how a person who steals once, can become a regular thief or the drunkard, an alcoholic and so on. They don’t want to be like that, but they have become too weak to say, no, and their wages for their sin is death.
But there is some good news! The moment that person truly repents, and repentance is more than saying sorry and then doing it again. To repent in the dictionary says, ‘to wish they had not done something’, 'to feel regret for'. Repentance, means to turn from – a radical turn round. Repentance is a radical turn round from that sin. To say “No” to that sin and “Yes” to God, “No” to the devil and “Yes” to God. To THIS PERSON God will give the gift of righteousness and the grace to achieve it. This is the moment when the gift of righteousness is activated. This person will become stronger and stronger in righteousness until he is stronger than the sin, stronger than the demons and stronger than the devil. That is the person who can then rise up in Jesus so that the Holy Spirit can work through him powerfully as there is no sin to clog the channel. Someone like this can even have power over nature like Elijah did.
I truly believe we are about to enter a new season before the great return of Jesus, where true Christians are going to rise up to this new level of power and authority and lead many back to God.
Once one is wearing the armour of the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness, he can already witness for Jesus because the next verse in Ephesians 6:15 says,
'and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace'.
In order to witness for Jesus you need to be well prepared in the Word of God. Read your Bible daily, get to know the Scriptures that will lead a person to salvation – an atheist, a Buddhist or Hindu etc.
Ephesians 6:16,
''above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked'.

You can fight off all the fiery darts at arms length, but make sure your faith is in good repair with no holes in it, where the fiery darts of the devil can get through. To keep your faith in good order, means good time in prayer, for the stronger your prayer life is, the stronger your shield of faith will become. Ephesians 6:17,
'And take the helmet of salvation,
The helmet protects your head, your mind. The devil loves to attack through your mind with negative or bad thoughts. If any negative thought comes to your mind, then kick it out in Jesus name, just as you would kick a thief out of your home. Entertaining an evil thought by dwelling on that thought is like giving a thief a cup of tea, the thief will soon be in your other rooms. Likewise, dwelling on that negative thought gives it legal right to be there, and very soon it will travel out through your mouth, arms and legs (what you say, what you do, and where you go). The answer is to wear your helmet of salvation at all times and it will protect you and to dwell on the positive things of Jesus. Know who you are in Jesus and the power and authority He gives you to walk in. Know that you are a son/daughter of the living God know that you are wearing his helmet of protection.
Verse 17 goes on to say,
'and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God':

The sword of the Spirit, is the Word of God. We all need training in the word of God, in knowing which scriptures to use and when to bring a person to Christ. But it is also more than that. When you read the Bible, don’t just read it and close the power back into the Bible and walk away empty handed! That is like going to a bank to draw money out for something, leaving it there at the till, and walking out again with empty pockets – who would do that? When you read the Bible, read it slowly and receive what you read for yourself, after all the Word of God is written FOR YOU and for each one of us. Once you have received the Word for yourself into your heart, you can close the Bible and take the Word that you have received with you and live it out in your life. Then, as you step out in faith on the Word you have received, the Word becomes activated (it becomes reality). Oh! how I love to see the love of God activated into reality in my life, you will love it too!
Verse 18 concludes this teaching with,
'praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints';

We start with prayer, we end with prayer, it is no use talking to man about God, until you talk to God about man. For He will prepare their hearts to receive you, He will bind down that which closes their ears through your prayer. He will give you the strategies to reach them, the words to say to them, the way to do it and through this will cause your prayer to avail much.

The Ten Commandments are also given to us for our protection against the consequences of sin. Breaking any of the Ten Commandments causes the negative consequence of that action. Yet if you love God, your neighbour or yourself, you will then be able to keep all Ten Commandments. Let us read Exodus 20:1-17.
Briefly the commandments are:
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (That means idols or anything else we put before God.)
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. (To bow down to or serve.)
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain. ( Do not swear.)
Remember the Sabbath day and keep it Holy.
Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord had given thee.
Thou shalt not kill. (Or even think about it.)
Thou shalt not commit adultery. (In marriage or before it.)
Thou shalt not steal. (Not even the smallest item.)
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (Only tell the truth.)
Thou shalt not covet, (Envy of what you do not have can harm you.)

Let us take these Ten Commandments seriously and keep them.

*How does righteousness make us strong?
*How does the shield of faith protect us?
*How does the helmet of salvation protect our minds?
*How does reading the word become part of us

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