The Kingdom ARMOR – Your Prayer ArmorKeep your eyes on JESUS your enemy is trying to kill, steal and destroy you. (picture copyright 2012 Ruby)
God tells you to put on the whole armor of God.
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (HOW) put on the whole armor of God, (WHY) that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Eph 6:10-20)
The word says:
My people die for a lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to (2 Cor 10:5)
1. the pulling down of strong holds,
2. Casting down imaginations,
3. (casting down) every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,
4. and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
5. And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled
The war seems to be in our thoughts, according to the scripture above. We see, hear, feel and touch things that our senses say are real, yet God’s word tells us something different. We fight our thoughts when our senses say one thing and the word of God tells us something else. For example if we are sick, we feel sick, we look sick, we might smell sick, but God said, “ by (Jesus’) His stripes you have been healed.” If we live by our senses, we continue to act sick, we cooperate with the sickness. We go to bed and cry and complain. If we go by the word of God, we will say, “God healed me and I take that by faith, I am healed, I may look and feel sick but I am healed by faith.” Then we expect our healing to manifest. Of course, follow the doctor’s orders and take your medicine, too. We fight our thoughts, “Will God heal ME? It’s too hard for God. I didn’t earn healing. It’s too late for healing.” When you learn about the armor of God, you will be able to take everything the devil has stolen or tried to steal from you and get it back. You replace wrong thought with the Word of God.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Phil 4:8)
Thinking on the promises of God instead of your circumstances will bring them to pass in your life.
be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:11)
Don’t walk as Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind. (Eph 4:29)
The word tells us to put on the whole armor.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor 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 (Eph 6:10-18)
3. rulers of the darkness of this world,
4. spiritual wickedness in high places.
Because we fight in this way, we need to:
Take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Eph 6:13)
In order to stand we must do these things:
Stand therefore, (Eph 6:14-18)
1. having your loins girt about with truth,
2. And having on the breastplate of righteousness,
3. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
4. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
5. And take the helmet of salvation,
6. and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
These six things are the most important things to understand in order to enforce the defeat of the devil and cause us to walk in victory. Understanding these things are putting on the whole armor of God.
We need to understand the truth about God and the finished work He did at Calvary for us. We need to understand the righteousness that Jesus’ blood paid for us to have.
1. We need to understand that we are now at peace with God.
2. We need to know we have the faith of God and how to use it.
3. We need to understand what our salvation means and all that entails.
4. We need to know what the Word of God says about all these things, not tradition or religion, but the Word of God, the Bible.
You put on the whole armor of God.
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. (1 Thess 5:8)
1. The BELT of Truth.
That is really the first piece of armor we put on. The belt is the Word of God.
Your word is truth. (John 17:17)
Your word is spirit and life (John 6:63)
The belt holds up everything. If we don’t know what the Word of God says, we will believe anything, and when we believe anything it allows the devil to kill, steal from and destroy us. (John 10:10)
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (3 John 1:4)
God wants us to walk in His truth and not in what tradition or religion has taught us. We need to back everything up with the Word of God.
This book of the law (The Word of God) shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Josh 1:8)
Doing things God’s way brings us success in all areas of life. God is our Daddy and He wants to provide for and protect us because we are His kids.
2. Breastplate of Righteousness
Put on the breastplate of righteousness. (Eph 6:14)
We are now good enough to have a relationship with God through Jesus. Righteousness is not something we earn or have to do. Righteousness is right standing with God. It is a gift we must receive.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. (Heb 10:21)
If we feel guilty or not good enough to fellowship with God, the devil will use that to keep us from drawing near to God and hearing Him.
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24: And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Eph 4:23)
Jesus bought us righteousness by His shed blood. We ARE the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, according to 2 Cor 5:21
We can come boldly before Father God to get what we need. (Heb 10:2)
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. (Rom 5:17)
The scripture below shows us that righteousness is not earned but given.
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. (Phil 3:9)
For the kingdom of God is… righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Rom 14:17)
Righteousness is also part of the kingdom of God. If you don’t know that Jesus MADE you righteous, you will never walk in the power of the kingdom. See the chapter on “righteousness.”
3. The Gospel of Peace.
The Bible definition of peace: “Nothing broken, nothing missing.” Jesus came on earth to bring us peace in every area of our life.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, that publish peace; that bring good tidings of good, that publish salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reign! (Is 32:17) (Is 52:7)
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts (Col 3:14-15)
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Pet 1:2)
Your mind can be at peace when your thoughts are on Jesus, the Word, instead of on the bad report. If you know what God has done for you, you’ll have peace.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-8)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:2)
The more you study the Word of God, the more peace you will have and you will begin to walk in all that the blood of Jesus bought for you.
We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (Rom 5:1)
Your feet take the good news of the gospel of peace. Feet are the symbol of authority. We are to tread on the devil. In order to have peace, we must use the blood-bought authority that Jesus gave us. We are to rule over all demonic activity in all situations, and then we will have peace. This peace we are to bring to others lives as we go into the world. And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Rom 10:15)
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (Rom 16:20)
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. (1 Cor 15:25-27)
The devil is under our feet and that gives us great peace.
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. (Eph 1:22)
Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. (Heb 2:8)
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. (Ps 110:11)
Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: (Is 66:1)
This is the position that God has made man to be in.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour, Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet. (Ps 8:6)
All of the following scriptures refer back to Ps 8:4-6, Matt 22:44, Mark 12:36, Luke 20:43, Acts 2:35, Heb 1:13
Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool. (Acts 7:49)
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. (Heb 10:13)
4. Shield of Faith
Above all take up the shield of FAITH, with which you quench all the darts of the wicked one.
faith which worketh by love. (Gal 5:6) Love is a spiritual force. When we walk in love, it gives us power over the enemy.
Faith is the substance of things. (Heb 11:1)
Faith comes from hearing and hearing the word. You hearing the Word of God out of your own mouth. (Rom 10:17)
Spirit of faith… I believe therefore I speak. (2 Cor 4:13)
Our faith grows as we hear the Word of God. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him (Heb 10:38)
For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor 5:7)
But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. (1 Thess 5:8)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, (1 Pet 5:9)
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God. (Jude 20-21)
Praying in the spirit builds up our faith and keeps us in the love of God. It also is praying God’s perfect will.
the work of faith with power: (2 Thess 1:11)
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus (Phlm 1:6)
faith without works is dead. (Jms 2:14)
Fight the good fight of faith, (1 Tim 6:12)
Faith is not about things that our senses tell us are real. It is a fight against our natural senses to believe in something we can’t see, hear or feel. Our head tells us it’s not there, but God’s word says it is. That is the fight of faith.
We need to look to Jesus, the Word, and He builds our faith.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. (Heb 12:2)
The just shall live by faith. (Gal 3:11)
5. Helmet of Salvation
According to Rom 10:9, salvation is obtained by believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that God raised Him from the dead and Jesus is Lord.
You prayed and asked Jesus into your heart, so you are now saved or have salvation. We didn’t earn it, we weren’t good enough for it, we just received it through Jesus.
You need to know that you know that you are saved, no matter how you feel. If you sin, you just ask for forgiveness and you are forgiven. The devil will try to say, “Look what you just did! You’re not saved.” You are saved because you made Jesus your Lord and Savior.
Salvation is for the whole person, spirit, soul and body. Salvation in the Greek language in the Strongs Concordance is defined as: to save, to deliver, keep safe or protect, heal, preserve, do well, make whole.
that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2 Thess 2:10)
6. The Sword of the Spirit.
…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, (Eph 6:18)
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Eph 4:29)
That is the word of God, speaking out of our mouth.
Notice that the belt of truth is the word of God, and the sword is the Word of God. The difference is what you do with it. The belt holds up everything. All armor must be what the Word of God says, not what religion or tradition teaches. The sword is an offensive weapon, it is used to stop the devil and his works. It is a weapon that needs to be used. The word must be declared out loud.
And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword. (Is 49:2)
upholding all things by the word of his power. (Heb 1:3)
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. (Ps 103:20)
Notice that the angels go to work for you when you speak God’s Word.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. (Heb 4:12) The words we speak come to pass because we are created in God’s image. Read Ps 8. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:22-24)
The reason for a sword is to execute vengeance on the nations….to bind kings.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD. (Ps 149:5-9)
Upholds all things by the word of His power. (Heb 1:3)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; (Word) and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1)
All things were created by the Word and are upheld by the Word. The Word is spiritual substance and it creates physical substance.
You put on the whole armor of God and then you can stand against all the tricks of the devil.
@2011 Robin Bremer www.Robinbremer.net