Are you serious? in the Word 6-24-13

Are you serious?...
The time is now! Are you ready? Are you walking in the Word daily? Are you studying to show yourselves approved rightly dividing the Word and truth? Are you in this for the long hall?
Are you serious about walking in the Word, in the Lord, and in His will?
If so then you better read this issue of In the Word!

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...Ephesians 6:10-13
Really, what stands out to me to day is the fact that God said the “whole armor” not where the trouble comes from, though that is important too, as is the fact that we want to be able to stand, but the fact is we can't do it if we are not ready to go full long head first into the battle that is waged against us in the heavenly places!
Let's face it, as one of our pastors said yesterday we are living in the last days. That does not mean we need to walk around with a sign stating “the end is near” or that we should run and hide under a rock but that we need to be putting on our whole armor daily!
Years back, too many to want to remember how many, my kids an I would put on the armor as an exercise in our home school. I learned this from my best friend because she did the same thing with her children when they were young. She learned it from another one of our friends; and so on...
The scripture says “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, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints--” (Ephesians 6:14-18)

No matter what order you put it in its important to use all of the armor each day. Why? Because as it
said right there, we need to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one!
We gather the portions as we go in our Christian walk.
We started with the Helmet of salvation; all of us begin there with our walk we accept Christ as our Lord and put on the helmet. Think about the purpose of this helmet; I believe it is to guard our mind in salvation. The world would have us falter, fail and fall to sinful thoughts, but Christ over came the world!
Then we think about that belt that we put on, a belts purpose is to hold things in place. The truth is held in our heart, our soul, and our mind. The belt of truth protects us from the 'enemies' lies against or about us, or even to us. It helps us to see the truth in all things, even when we do not want to see it.
Of course when we had to have put on our shoes, because that represents the Gospel that we learned, and that we intern get to share with others. It is what we are doing now, getting in the Word of God and knowing the Gospel! The story of God prepares us to accept the truth belt and the salvation helmet.
After all those are on we need to grab our sword and shield; the Bible and the Holy Spirit can help us in any situation; it protects us, and helps us pursue the enemy to the end.
Why do we need all of these? Well, God's Word tells us we need it all, and that when we go to prayer we are to have them on as well, that we could persevere. Which is to continually go after something no matter what the trials or failures. Also to pray with supplication, which is to humbly pray earnestly before God for something eagerly but patiently waiting for the answer.

When the Word says we need to take up the sword and shield it says first “above all” which seems to make it sound more important don't you think? With the shield of faith we can walk through many trials and troubles, we can find hope for tomorrow and truly trust God in all things. Remember faith is trusting in God. He can do all things, and we can do all things through Him. Can we get buy with just that? No. God says the whole armor remember?
If we got up an went out of the house without our shoes in the physical we would find our feet would become dirty, calloused and probably damaged. Likewise, if we have not prepared our hearts in the form of our feet being 'shod' or 'prepared' with the gospel of peace then we are leaving our hearts, our walk, our lives open for such things. A heart that is hardened is difficult to soften.
Well, what about the shield? Oh no way! Without faith we are not even able to believe in Christ Himself! It is our protective device. So we can't leave that behind. I really do not want to go around with my pants hanging down like the youth do today either, so I am keeping my belt on secure!

Then Jesus said... “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our savior, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:3-5

Breastplate? Our righteousness is in Christ we have to keep it on!

I think we have made it pretty clear that we can do without not one portion of our Armor and remain in a stable walk in Christ.
The good news is that we can do it! We can put on the armor daily; by this I mean that we can remind ourselves that it is on from the time we accepted Christ as our Savior we have been given the whole armor; its up to us to keep it on.
While I do not believe you can 'loose' your salvation I do believe you can wander from God's plan for your life. I believe you have to give Him your will, and take on His. When we remind ourselves daily to put on the Armor of God we are reminding ourselves that we chose to give Him our will, that our God would guide us in the right path.

You have no doubt  heard it said that 7 days without prayer makes one weak, but I believe 7 days without the Word will make you weaker. For when we read the Bible daily it brings the thoughts quickly to our mind that will shield us from the world's temptations. When we just read it now and then when we fell like it then it will not be every present in our thoughts and we no doubt will fall to some temptation or another that is common to man. When we have the shield polished and ready we can not be shaken, nor will we loose ground in our walk. Be ready, be prepared, be serious in His Word today, and everyday!

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the Armor you created for us. Help us to wear it proper and keep it well cared for so that we are ready, prepared and serious in our walk with You. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested reading: Ephesians 6:1-24, 1 Timothy 2:1-26, John 8: 1-59, and 2 Peter 1:1-21.