In order to equip and protect ourselves, in fighting effectively for GOD and His Commander, JESUS CHRIST, we find in the New Testament, the Armour of God. With this on, we are protected from harm, and dressed for battle.
Triumphant Return to Earth, to wipe out all the evil of the Devil and his coming
false ruler (the AntiChrist), we must engage the enemy in order to gain ground,
make him retreat, and support our spiritual brothers and sisters. The warriors
that GOD has assigned to this task are Christians who fight, not with weapons
made by man, but with the weapon of The WORD of GOD who is JESUS CHRIST (Hebrew-Yeshua
hah Meshiach= Yeshua the Messiah). For Jesus name in heaven is The WORD. The
WORD of GOD. And it is with this Name we defeat our enemy.
Below is the description of the essential armour that all Christians must wear to be protected from the enemy and all his demons, but also to FIGHT the enemy offensively. The best defence is Offence. An explanation of each is below;
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For 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.
13Wherefore 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.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto
with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
wiles of the devil: this means all the deceptions, lies and tricks, as well
as the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical attacks of the Evil upon us,
wrestle not against flesh and blood: Our struggle is not with fellow human
beings but against evil spirits working for Satan. This means that this is a
battle in the spirit realm, A spiritual battle which we can only win with
spiritual weapons, that can overpower the enemy. And these are only given to us
by JESUS CHRIST, our Commander.
Powers – another rank of fallen angel or demon that is very powerful.
Rulers of Darkness – another rank of demon that may be lower than the one above.
Spiritual wickedness in high places – this could be the messenger type of demon that
influences witches, warlocks, Satanists and Freemasons such as the Illuminati.
but could mean the Illuminati or Freemasons themselves as they are possessed.
These are beings that are in charge of doing the Devils work, (beings in the spiritual realm).
Wear the armour to Withstand
the Evil Day: Only by having the full Armour can we get through evil times:
This is The Great Tribulation where the AntiChrist will rule and take over
the planet with the full power of Satan in his hands. This means that
Christians will have to flee or fight, or both, (if they have not been raptured,
as some believe will happen).
Stand: We must be strong and persevere, not giving way to cowardice, fear and intimidation, manipulations nor any political correctness that contradicts the Word of GOD. We must stand for our faith and against those Satan has sent against us, but only to resist the attack of the devil and not to focus on the human form of the attack. It manifests itself in many forms: external pressure from authorities, government, organisations, business, banking, media, friends, religions, economic pressures, slander, gossip, accusations, betrayals, spouses and family.
Attacks are from within the family and church as well as outside the family and church. In fact that is probably the most effective way to divide and conquer-from within the family and the church. Also, thoughts and emotions, which are not from you or GOD, but come from demons, illness or sickness are particularly malevolent. Repetitious fears are especially troublesome. The emphasis here is on NOT giving ground to the enemy, nor the attack, but to stand firm, be assertive and even offensive. Be of the mindset that you are not a victim defending, but are on the offensive, attacking and that the enemy is just counterattacking. You will counter-attack him with prayer and support from the Church, defeating anything that tries to resist your commitment to GOD and HIS SON. You focus on GOD's will, rather than resisting all of the devil's schemes. In order to do the LORD’s work, you must have the perspective and mindset to STAND FIRM, even in the face of terrible persecution, overwhelming and impossible dangers. When all the odds are against you, that is when YOUR FAITH will save you, and GOD's power will be felt or seen.
Belt/Loincloth of TRUTH:
Speaking truth from your lips, and truth in your actions, not doing things with
ulterior motives, nor to gain respect nor popularity. Truth gives you respect
from your honesty and integrity. The loincloth protects your private parts, so
it is to do with the fact that if you are not covered with truth, nor wearing
the belt, your private parts will be exposed. In other words, if you lie, you
will be shamed, exposed, lose your dignity and others will know you lack
integrity, when your lies have been found out. So no gossiping, slander,
accusations of innocent people. But also to be courageous and noble and
honourable. A belt is a badge of beauty and so wear Truth like a Badge, and let
no lies pass from your lips. And let Honesty be your badge. This means to be
sincere in all you do and say.
Truth is about trust and without truth there is no trust. With lies
there is only distrust.
Truth is about trust and without truth there is no trust. With lies there is only distrust.
Breastplate of righteousness:
This piece of armour protects your chest, which contains your heart and lungs
etc. The emphasis here is on your heart, or your emotions: By being righteous
in your heart, you will not sin. But if you have issues of envy, anger, hate,
lust, etc, then it is very easy to sin. The enemy knows this, so we must guard
our emotions, and make sure that they are passed through the filter of GOD's
WORD and reject all emotions, which may lead us into doing something sinful. We
must refuse to do anything that may be a result of wrong emotions. It is the
heart that we must protect above all else. Also if we are hurt, we must guard
against taking retaliatory or spiteful actions to get revenge. Vindictive
behaviour is not conducive to being righteous. It is a forgiving and kind heart
full of love that does good, instead of that which rewards evil with evil.
Guard your heart, your emotions and always do what is right.
Shod with the Sandals of
Gospel of Peace: Walking in the ways of Christ. Abiding by His teachings
and the Commandments that He gave: Also actively preaching the gospel (good
news) of the Salvation and Reconciliation of Man to GOD. Practicing what the
Gospel says, in the spirit of Peace. Walking and living your life in a peaceful
way, in line with GOD's Word. Effectively living your life as a “Saint”; an
evangelising Peacemaker of GOD. This is very hard to do, as we all are tempted
to Walk our OWN way or DOWN the WRONG PATH. But if we are wearing the Sandals
SHOD with the GOSPEL OF PEACE, then we will not stray, nor seek to follow our
own ways, but the WAY of JESUS CHRIST. This is essential if we are not to be
seduced by ambition and pride, which leads to envy and hate. Nip it in the bud
by Abiding (walking and talking) with the WORD of GOD, having the GOSPEL ever
present in your mind, to protect yourself from straying, or being distracted.
Thankfully the Voice of The GOOD SHEPHERD, can call us back to His arms of
Verse 16: SHIELD OF
FAITH…QUENCHING DARTS OF ENEMY:
This is the most important piece in our defence, I think. The reason being that without this piece we are pretty much exposed to the attack on the rest of our armour. The shield is carried in our hand covering the rest of our body, but it can be held anywhere in front of our body or above, or even at the sides and behind. So this means that the shield is our first line of defence. If this breaks down, the rest is our backup. But the shield has to be picked up, then it has to be used in an effective manner. There is no point holding it to the left when your enemy shoots to your right. You must be trained to use your faith efficiently for defence and offence.
The shield can be used as a battering ram as you steadfastly march forward in your attack. The enemy will attack you with his demonic attacks (darts), which are like fiery arrows/darts. But the shield acts like water and quenches or extinguishes them. If you lose faith-drop your shield, you need to pick it up again. You must know that your shield can get thicker stronger and larger, but it only does this once used effectively to absorb the blows of the enemy and so the stronger his attack, if you have faith, the more able you become in standing your ground. This is why God allows us to be tested, so our faith can grow stronger. But we have to learn how to hang onto it with an iron grip! And not drop it when the fiery arrows start to bombard us.
Our Shield is an offensive
weapon to protect us from blows and ballistic weapons. When the enemy thrusts
at us, or hammers a heavy blow towards us, we raise our shield and fend it off
or absorb the blow, but we never drop it in the middle of battle. We must carry
it into battle and strengthen it. We must take care of it and ensure that is
has no cracks! If so, it will not protect us properly. So there should be no
doubt in your mind about your Saviour and His Love and forgiveness for you.
This knowledge-this belief-is what reminds us that we cannot be defeated by the
enemy, only by ourselves. We have already won; all the enemy can do is trick us
into believing otherwise. So hold on to your faith brethren, and believe. It’s
not what you do, but what you believe that will protect you from assault.
Believe in GOD's protection and call on HIM for it.
Helmet of Salvation: This is probably the most important piece of protective armour for not being totally wiped out and defeated by the enemy. A helmet protects your brain, your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, face, and of course your MIND. Four of your senses are held here, plus your ability to reason and think. Also “…so a man thinketh, so he is”. This means that your thoughts, which are the governing and ruling entity of your being as regards what you believe, what you do and how you act, should be nurtured in the way of the knowledge of Salvation. Meaning, that your perspective should be of a person who knows he is saved, and is grateful to GOD and to HIS SON, and wants to live their life in acknowledgment of this gratitude by demonstrating that appreciation by living their life for GOD, who has saved them from the abyss/hell.
Having this mindset will protect
a person from veering off the path when the enemy tries to seduce them via the
senses with promises of pleasure or increased respect, status and power, much
like when JESUS was tempted in the wilderness by the DEVIL. He tried to seduce
JESUS with the things that he perceived as being desirable in JESUS heart. So
must we protect ourselves with the WORD of GOD that should be in our minds,
which proves that we are saved and can fight off the lies of the enemy when he
tries to control our minds. So filtering your thoughts and actions through the
WORD of GOD is essential.
We “must cast down all imaginations (thoughts and feelings) and anything that exalts itself…bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”. In other words, we must reject any thought that enters our minds that is a negative, sinful or demonic one. If anything does rest in our minds, it will grow into a weed. This weed will take root, and the stronger the root, the harder it is to UPROOT. Only GOD can provide the spiritual weed-killer, so to speak, that is the MIND of CHRIST and the Holy SPIRIT to destroy any weeds of the enemy. So we must not repeat thoughts in our head, which are not healthy nor righteous. Especially ones which foster pride, fear, envy, hate and lust. We must reject any thought which is totally irrational and not from us. Quoting the above scripture helps. Quoting all scripture aloud will send the demons packing. So protect your thought-life and remind yourself that you are saved constantly. The helmet of Salvation will also protect you from sensory seductions of the senses, because knowing that you are saved makes you NOT want to sin.
The Sword of The SPIRIT, which is The WORD of GOD: This is the most offensive of all the Armour, and is the strongest weapon of our Battlesuit. In fact it IS the WAY in which we deal with every attack. It is the most long-range of our defences and also the weapon that clears the way for the rest of our Armour to confidently engage the enemy with. The WORD of GOD is The NAME of JESUS CHRIST in HEAVEN. IT or HE IS the WEAPON! The SWORD of THE SPIRIT is the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD that has been given to us through our belief and surrender to Our LORD and MASTER JESUS CHRIST of NAZARETH. Our belief that He is the Son of GOD and did come to earth in a fleshly body, died and was resurrected and sits at GOD's right hand, is of paramount importance if we are to receive any power from GOD. If we are to be protected from the enemy and all his deceptions we MUST believe this. Our faith energises the SWORD, but the SWORD’s power comes direct from the SPIRIT of GOD, which fills us full of FAITH. So the Shield and the Sword work together to defend and attack simultaneously. On the spiritual battlefield it’s the same principle as in the martial arts of simultaneous parry and attack/defence and offence.
When we quote scripture we are speaking our faith, manifesting the WORD of GOD, which has POWER through our belief in JESUS CHRIST, and no enemy can stand against this. It is the most powerful thing a human being can ever have. It is not magic, but can overcome any magic or sorcery, any demon or devil. The power that the WORD of GOD-the Bible gives us is only present if our Faith and Belief in JESUS CHRIST is TRUE, and the more we Believe, the more powerful the SWORD of the SPIRIT. So we must memorise scripture, or ask GOD to tell us what scripture to quote when under attack, and going into battle. If we have any attack directed towards us to any of our Armour, then quote Scripture out loud and ACT on any FAITH you have, and it will make you powerfully effective against the enemy.
The most powerful thing you can
do is to say "in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST" when you command something to
happen. He is THE WORD of GOD, so combine your Scripture quote with the
words; “in the Name of JESUS CHRIST, I command...”, and you will see all earth
shake and hell tremble at the MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. For there is no name
greater under heaven or on earth, than His NAME. So this is how strongholds are
broken down and demons flee at His NAME.
The SWORD of the SPIRT is, in my opinion, also the SWORD that comes from JESUS mouth in the Book of Revelations. Nothing can withstand it. For it is The MOST POWERFUL SPIRITUAL WEAPON in the universe. It can only be wielded by those who believe in HIM and follow HIM. It is HIS OWN to GIVE, because JESUS gives it to all who ask for it, and only those who are HIS, ask for it with BELIEF in HIM, shall receive it. The POWER of GOD is in the SPIRIT of GOD, which is the SWORD of the SPIRIT, which is the WORD of GOD. The BIBLE is the weapon we wield against the enemy. Use it and win souls for JESUS, and protect yourself and others when the enemy comes in like a flood.
The Sword of The Spirit is the authority of Christ’s name through the WORD of GOD, which is the scriptures-The HOLY BIBLE. MEMORISE SCRIPTURE and USE it.
always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto
with all perseverance and supplication for all saints:
Pray always in all things and
all events, no matter how minor nor how trivial with all kinds of requests and
on all occasions, and IN THE SPIRIT. Meaning, be mindful of GOD, HIS WILL, HIS
SON, and if you can, praying in tongues. Pray for all your brethren; other
Christians always, and demonstrate perseverance = pray for ALL the church. This
means that we should combine the protectiveness of praying for each other in the
SPIRIT. Being full of the SPIRIT-reading the WORD of GOD, talking to GOD,
confessing our sins and asking for the forgiveness of others sins also.
Basically praying in everything and for every other Christian to be protected
from the enemy, and for GOD to meet all the churches needs and requests,
according to GOD's will.
A prayer is a powerful attack on
the enemy and his machinations. When combined with other Christians and done in
the SPIRIT, this provides a powerful offensive and defensive weapon that we can
use. So it is essential that we use this daily in the war for the human race,
and to guard the church from evil. The word perseverance is also translated as
Be ALERT. So we must be ALERT for our brethren. And pray for them at all times,
so we have a united defence and a united attack against our enemy.
The Secret of Christianity is not that there is a religion that helps people to be better persons, like most other religions claim to do. Nor does it provide a “path to the divine”, although it does. But that it is the ONLY WAY IN WHICH THE PLAN OF THE DEVIL TO DESTROY THE UNITY OF MAN TO GOD, HAS BEEN THWARTED. This PLAN of SATAN has been defeated by Christ, but the only thing that remains now, is the deciding of which humans will accept JESUS Sacrifice for them, be saved and reconciled to GOD, live in eternal paradise, or which humans will choose to reject CHRIST, spend eternity with the DEVIL and his fallen angels, the AntiChrist and all the other humans who did not want to LIVE in PEACE and UNITY with GOD.
In other words, those who chose evil instead of GOOD. Those who decided to choose what is good and evil, in their own eyes, will end up in hell. For there is only one standard of righteousness that GOD decides. Only CHRIST has reached that standard, and so fulfilled the debt to GOD, of which ADAM and EVE’s disobedience caused us to owe HIM, costing us our Eternity in Paradise. But CHRIST has restored that and all we have to do is accept this FREE GIFT and REPENT of our sins, ACCEPT Him as Our SAVIOUR and REDEEMER, and Live our lives to please GOD and our SAVIOUR.
Will you be one of those
people? Right NOW, is the time to decide. If you already are, well done, and
may God grant you all His gifts and may you dress fully for Battle wearing the
Armour of God, and I will see you on the battlefield.
*= The Book of Enoch has been placed under the books considered to be Apocryphal-which means not considered to be inspired by the Spirit of GOD. This is strange when one considers that The Book of Jude alludes to this book.
**= Goliath was descended from these race of giants. David battled against and slew many of their kind. Notably the Rephaim, The Annakim and Zummzumin. See Book of Samuel, Chronicles and Kings.