Monday, August 24, 2009
**In This Issue**
- Are You Spiritually
Dressed for Success?
What Does the Bible Say About...?
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Are You Spiritually Dressed for Success?
If there is
one thing that every one of us wants in our
life, it is to be successful. And we have
all heard that we should be dressed for success
if we are to be successful in our lives.
The idea of being "dressed for success" has
always sounded good to me. But I really
never gave it much thought until I read
Ephesians 6:10-17. I always thought my Jewish
parents came up with that by themselves.
In any case, I am glad that they instilled me
with that thought, because when I read
about the 'armor of God' in the Bible, it sort
of grabbed me.
The armor of God sounds good, does it not? Well, here are
two questions for you. Can you name the
different parts of the armor of God
without looking them up? How
many parts are there?
The disciple Paul
was looking at the Roman soldier assigned to
guard him, and used the soldier's armor to
describe the armor of God. In doing so,
Paul definitively explained each part and how it
is used in the spiritual warfare that we all
face. Paul wrote:
my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that
you 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
Wherefore take to you
the whole armor of God, that
you may be able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt
about with truth, and having on the breastplate
of righteousness; And
your feet shod with the preparation of the
gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith
you shall be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the
sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Can you name them
now? Sure you can. But we need to
look closer at each piece to fully appreciate
how we are protected by the Lord God, and how
well they interact with each other.
The Belt of Truth
In his description, Paul was referring to
protecting the pelvic region of the body, which is a very vulnerable area.
So one part of what Paul is telling
us is, "to secure anything
that will cause us to stumble or fall down
when moving about quickly in our daily
battle." We should always be spiritually sharp,
alert and ready to respond with spiritual mobility and spiritual agility.
With this understanding, we can now
examine the things that cause all believers to
stumble or fall down in their Christian walk (or faith). A
specific list of these things does not exist. However,
the Bible provides insight into this area starting in the Book of Genesis and
ending with the Book of Revelation.
This might give you a hint as to the importance of the entire Bible.
Rather than looking into the list, we need
look into the battleground and where it can be found. With this
information we can be better prepared to stand
firm against the schemes of the devil. So where
is this battleground? The answer can be found in
I Peter 1:13-16:
up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is
to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children,
not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But
as He which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of
conversation; Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy.
Verse 16, "...Be
you holy; for I am holy." is quoted from Leviticus 11:44-45.
In short, the battleground is within our
minds, our thoughts, and the decisions we make.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
As it implies, the breastplate
covers the chest. In this
case the breastplate is not made of iron,
but of righteousness. A soldier with his
breastplate on goes boldly into battle full of confidence.
Righteousness allows us to stand before God, men and demons.
Where the belt of truth shows us what
is ours and what we can do, by
being spiritually sharp, alert, and ready to respond each daily battle, righteousness
us to do it. Without
the breastplate of righteousness our faith would be like any
other religion; a
form of godliness, but no power to act.
would knock us down with one word of condemnation, if not for
the righteousness that has been imputed to us when we accepted Christ Jesus.
And without righteousness we would not be able
to go before the throne room of God's grace.
To be righteous is to have a right standing with God.
It is being justified and free of condemnation.
As I said above, righteousness is imputed to us; that means something we
are given free of charge, and it is imparted into us,
meaning something that Christ Jesus
has given to us in His grace.
Just one of several passages where
righteousness is shown is:
Even as David also
describes the blessedness of the man,
to whom God imputes righteousness without
works, Saying, "Blessed are
iniquities are forgiven, and
whose sins are covered. Romans 4:6-7
In the Old Testament, Abram (Abraham)
believed God, and God considered this
righteousness. In other words, God treated
Abraham as though he had done nothing wrong simply because of Abraham's faith in
This is sometimes difficult for us
to comprehend; that all our sins are forgiven,
and all our unrighteous deeds are not held
against us. Because of this, we can come boldly
to God as if we had done nothing wrong. God
makes us right with Him simply because we have accepted and
believe in the death, burial and resurrection of
Christ Jesus for our sins.
But this is only part of the story. Righteousness
goes further than that. Imputed righteousness
comes with some expectations attached.
The expectation is that we invest it to make
our own lives better, more Christ-like.
God wants us to live holy lives;
not walking in sin or compromising our faith. The
power of Christ inside of us equips
us to do this. As we
submit ourselves to the leading and power of the Holy
Spirit, sin will no longer have dominion over
The Shoes of Peace
If we are to appreciate the
material of which these shoes are made, first we should have a clear understanding of the gospel of
peace. By now the saint is
dressed with a belt made of truth and a breastplate made of righteousness.
Shoes made from the gospel of peace are our third piece of
vital armor. The gospel of peace
as spoken of in Luke 2:10 explains
the coming of Christ Jesus. As Jesus taught in
His time on earth, and continues to teach us now, God forgives and then
He gives. What could be
better information for us to receive than this good news? The
gospel takes a hopeless being and fills him/her with
an eternity of glory in His kingdom.
Even the afflictions of this world are too thin
a veil to darken the joy of the good news of Christ
How long can anyone walk on a hard
and stony road without a decent pair of shoes?
Not long, or far if the correct shoes are not worn.
Many have gone into battle without proper
preparation. This kind of preparation comes only
from knowing the gospel. Again,
just like we saw with the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness,
there are two aspects to the shoes we wear; the soles that keep us going
over hard ground, and the soles which equip us with something to offer to the
needy souls we meet along the way. For all practical purposes,
the shoes of peace must have strong soles for all souls.
The foot is to the body what the will is to
the soul. We go wherever our will takes us.
Preparation is the believer's spiritual
readiness, and is our feet shod with the gospel of
peace. The gospel sets the will of the
believer. It gives us a
purpose and a focus. It presents us with a
message and a task, and it gives meaning to life.
There can not be, and is no calling
without the gospel. A barefooted man shrinks
when his feet touch the hot sand and shrieks when he stumbles on a sharp stone.
But when the will and heart are prepared and
ready to serve the Lord, a
believer's feet are shod, prepared, and equipped
to face any trouble he encounters to complete the task.
Paul was convinced that nothing could separate him from the
love of Christ. He understood the love of
Christ. He knew the 'good news',
and also knew that no bad news could ruin it.
The time he had spent preparing himself in the Word was bearing fruit
during time of trouble.
Prepare yourself to follow the Lord no matter what.
This is not the grasping of doctrines,
but the laying hold on the love of God.
Are you prepared to serve God no matter what?
Seek His face until you are
prepared, and then continue to seek His face until you are in His kingdom.
God intends us all to be walking vessels of
the love of Christ to others.
The Shield of Faith
Faith is what the Holy Spirit dropped into our hearts when we
received Christ Jesus as our
Savior. Faith is what
allows us to call God our Father (Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6)
Faith is of God. Jesus said
if you had faith as a mustard seed you would be able to speak to a mountain and
it would move (Matthew 17:20). Faith is the
confidence and assurance we have in the crucified and risen
The shield of faith not only defends our whole body but also
our armor. It keeps the darts of the enemy away
from the head, chest, waist, arms and legs. No
wonder the Bible says we should have it "above all."
The shield of faith has a very specific function, which the
Bible makes abundantly clear. It
will extinguish all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Not
some of them but all of them.
The shield moves with the attack. A
skilled soldier can use the shield to hold back the darts of the enemy no matter
the direction from which they come. None
of the other pieces of armor mentioned so far are exalted as highly as the
shield of faith.
Having all the other pieces of armor without faith will not
bring us into the promises of God.
The Helmet of Salvation
The next piece of armor is a helmet to cover the head.
The importance of the head does not need much
convincing. A soldier can survive a broken arm,
but a broken head, depending on the severity of the wound, can be life
threatening. By calling salvation a helmet we
have a clear understanding to what salvation refers.
The hope of salvation is for the head. It
covers our minds, intellect or reasoning. Here, hope
has a very different meaning from how we
normally use the word. When
we say 'I hope it does not rain' the very sentence itself contains doubt and an
expectation that we cannot do anything to prevent it. Hope from the
Bible's point of view is much more powerful. Hope is one of the three
essentials; faith, hope, and the love of God.
Faith is of the
heart. God gives it to us. We
may not entirely understand all that God does but we still put our faith in
Hope on the other hand is of the mind.
It covers the head. It is our
helmet. A man can survive several days without
food or water, but take away hope and he
very well may commit suicide.
Our hope is based on the eternal life of God. Our hope is
held out to us in the gospel. The understanding
of what God has promised us brings us hope. God
does not lie. Our hope is based on Him.
Believers wearing the
helmet of the hope of salvation will not get confused with the
pleasures of sin. Nor will they trade their
birth right (salvation) for the temporary lusts of the world.
Hope is the confidence we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We develop it the same way we develop faith.
God's word touches our hearts and heads.
It is essential for us
to have a clear understanding of what God has
promised. This will give us
hope; an unfailing expectation in the ability of God to fulfill His
Hope is something you think about and understand.
Faith is something you believe and confess even
if you cannot understand it.
Hope provides us with an anchor, Hebrews
6:19. Something to hold
onto with our soul (intellect, emotions and faith).
Faith needs hope to sustain it.
The Sword of the Spirit
When discussing the Sword of the
Spirit, some people envision a preacher or evangelist standing in the pulpit
with their Bible raised high as though it were a sword.
However, most believers
who are familiar with this passage of scripture will agree that the Bible in its
entirety is considered to be the Sword of the Spirit. But,
is this view too general?
What was the disciple Paul really trying to tell us in this passage?
The key point Paul is
imparting to us is that every
passage of Scripture is a sword to itself,
and very effective in battling Satan and his
temptations. Think about it.
Not one sword, but THOUSANDS OF SWORDS
have been given to us to provide an unequalled hedge of protection.
The broad mindset that the Bible is
but one sword is what Satan would prefer
us to have and use in spiritual warfare.
Satan wants us to believe we do
not need to spend time memorizing Scripture,
and that is the lie! An
important point in spiritual
warfare is for us to memorize key verses in the Bible
so we can have them ready for immediate use when
our mind and thoughts are
under attack. Perhaps the best example of this is how
Christ Jesus used different passages of Scripture when He was tempted by Satan
in the desert wilderness, shown in Matthew 4:1-11. In each temptation,
Jesus used a specific Scripture to defeat Satan's attempts.
The six pieces of armor that we have been
discussing here, while individually listed and described above, are not
effective by themselves.
When we put them on, each piece is integral to the other. As written in
Scripture above, Paul tells us to "Put
on the whole armor of God..."
Without all six pieces donned, we will not be fully protected... and it is
essential for us to be fully protected.
What Does the Bible Say About...?
In this section of the
Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.
If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having
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The question for this issue is, "Does
the doctrine of the Trinity apply to both Jews and Gentiles, or is it
exclusively for the Church?"
The three Members of the Godhead, all of whom comprise the one God, have always existed, as eternity, past as well as future, is an attribute of God. Thus, even in the Old Testament, God existed as a Trinity, although this had not yet been manifest to most Old Testament believers.
A few Old Testament saints, such as Abraham (Genesis 18), and Jacob (Genesis 28) experienced "Theophanies," which were pre-incarnate appearances of Christ Jesus, usually described in Scripture as "the angel of the Lord." Additionally, some believers were blessed by being empowered by the Holy Spirit for certain periods of time for specific reasons. The persons who penned the Bible certainly fit into this category:
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21 KJV ER
It was not until New Testament times that God the Son came to the Earth as Christ Jesus continually, and for the approximate 3½ years of His Earthly ministry. Following that, the Holy Spirit came to indwell believers on a 'universal' basis (John 14:16-26 and 16:7-11). For the most part, the Jews rejected Christ Jesus as their Messiah. However, their rejection does not invalidate the reality of the Trinity. When Christ Jesus returns, Israel will embrace Him, according to Zechariah 12:10
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. KJV ER
But this does not suddenly make the Trinity a correct doctrine; for it has always been. Rather, it makes the Jews aware in that their eyes have finally been opened after having been blinded for so long (Romans 11:25-26).
**MEMORY VERSE OF THE
we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 KJV ER
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