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Ephesians 6:10-20  The Whole Armor of God

Finally, 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 do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness
of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  
Therefore take up 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 girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of
righteousness,  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the
gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will
be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the
helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of
God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being
watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the
saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open
my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am
an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

There are six things you can use as the full armor of GOD. These six things
will help you in keeping Satan just where he needs to be, out of your life.

We must first acquire
The Helmet of Salvation which is there to protect your thoughts so
that they will be Christ-like.  In 1 Corinthians 2:16, it states that “For who has known the
mind of the LORD that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.  As we read in
Philippians 2:5 it tells us how our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.  I truly
believe that we should examine our thoughts daily to make sure that we are aligning
ourselves with Christ Jesus.  As stated in Psalms 23:7 "What a man thinketh so is he so in
order to be Christ-like we must do our best to keep all negative thinking away. When the
enemy tries to invade your thought speak a word to him and let him know that he has
entered the wrong mind and that he needs to move
on.                                                                                                                              
Secondly, we must put on
The Breastplate of Righteousness which is what we need in
order to protect our heart as well as other vital organs from the enemy.  The breastplate
was a central part of the Roman soldier's armor; it provided protection for the torso, which
contains vital organs like the heart, and lung.  Isaiah 59:17 states that “For He put on
righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the
garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. We should choose
to do what is right in God’s eyes as in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 “But let us who are of the day be
sober, putting on the breastplate of faith, and love, and as a helmet hope of salvation.  It is
all right here so why aren’t we abiding by it?  Riches do not profit in the day of the wrath, but
righteousness delivers from death as read in Proverbs 11:4.  Ephesians 6:13 gives a
description as to how you will wear the breastplate of righteousness.  Therefore take up the
whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all,
to stand.  Once you have put on the breastplate of righteousness make sure you do not
take it off.  Taking it off will give the enemy a chance to enter.  

Then we must put on
The Sandals of Peace or Shoes for the preparation of
Peace. Let's look at what is written in Romans 10:14-15 "How then shall they
call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him
of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach unless they are sent?  How beautiful are the feet of
those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tiding of good things!"  
Let's allow the peace of God to rule in our hearts as stated in Colossians 3:
15.  "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of
God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in
Christ Jesus" as stated in Philippians 4:6-7.  God cannot give you peace if you
don't give it all to him. If you give him all he will grant you the desires of your
hearts.   
                                   
The fourth thing we must do is put on
The Belt of Truth; you should ask
Jesus to show you the truth about yourself.  By knowing the truth you will be
free. I don't know about you but that's the only way I want to be. So I am
standing on the Word in John 8:32 which says "And you shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free." Thank you Jesus for helping us to become
free. We should pray and ask for the gift of discernment which will help in
knowing the truth about others. There are some spirits that are not of GOD
and some that are, so pray and ask for guidance in knowing the spirit of truth.
This belt is what Jesus used to stand against the enemy and his lies and
deception. We must be anchored in the truth that is found in Jesus in order for
us to win those spiritual battles that will come our way.   

We are almost equipped with the whole armor;
The Shield of Faith is where
Jesus is the Focus. Hebrews 11:33-34 states " who through faith subdued
kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of
lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of the
weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the
armies of the aliens. The Roman Soldier's used large and small shields to
protect them from arrows during battle. However we only need to trust in
Jesus, he is our shield. Remember in Hebrews 11:1 it states that faith is the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Romans 10:
17 says faith comes by hearing the word...Whatever the enemy sends your
way you must truly speak to it and let it know that it will not win this battle. You
have the faith of Jesus which will help you win. This is where you must study to
show yourself approved to fight that enemy.

Lastly,
The Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of GOD. All you have to do
is read, study, and believe so that when you are attacked you are equipped
with the Word of GOD. It's time to set yourself free from whatever is in your life
that will stop you from living in faith and health. The Word of GOD is the sword
here so once you have accepted that Jesus is the way then you will know that
the Word will help you fight your battles.  As stated in Hebrews 4:12 "For the
Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is
a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. GLORY.
Let's meditate on the full armor of GOD and wear it as if it is the most beautiful
outfit you have ever seen in life.    

Father God I come to you right now in prayer, asking that the person reading
this right now will put the full armor on and let the enemy know that he cannot
and will not live within. I pray that he or she will repent and ask for forgiveness
of things done that was not of you Father GOD and to forgive those who have
done wrong unto them. Lord, I ask that you give them guidance, a Christ-like
mind, the truth about themselves as the Holy Spirit gives discernment, to
remove all doubt and temptation. Lord help them to just be set free from
anything that is not of you Lord GOD, in Jesus Name I pray. AMEN
Putting On The Whole Armor of God  by Clara Peters
Clara Peters is a child of GOD
who found her purpose in serving
God.  Clara and her ex-husband are
the proud parents of  three
wonderful children which she never
ceases to thank God for.  They are
all grown now but they continue to
be a constant source of joy for her.  
She is also the proud grandmother
of four.   Besides being a mother
and grandmother, her greatest joy
is doing the work of the LORD.
Clara is an active member of
Windsor Village UMC, a student at
Inspire Women Leadership
Institute, and a student at University
of Phoenix at Houston.  She formed
the Divine Diva Book Club, and
Women of Divine Distinction
Ministry.  She is also the owner of
New Innovative Creative Elegant
Event Planning (N.I.C.E. Event
Planning).  You can find Clara on
Facebook, Clara Peters, Women of
Divine Distinction, and Divine Diva
Book Club.  Her website for her
event planning is:  
http://www.twfw.
net/nice

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon forged
against you will prevail, and you will
refute every tongue that accuses
you.  This is the heritage of the
servants of the LORD, and this is
their vindication from me,” declares
the LORD.