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Full Armor of God | Sword of the Spirit {the word of God}

Full Armor of God | Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

Sword of the Spirit Word of God

the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints

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.”           Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

The only offensive piece of equipment in the armor of God is the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  As covered in the Belt of Truth, the word of God is the Holy Spirit with us every moment of the day and the Holy Bible, the written Word of God.

We read the scriptures, dwell on them, consider them, study them, and discover God’s faithful nature throughout.  When we declare God’s word, it fortifies us.  This is the powerhouse of victory!

Word of God :: Jesus :: Holy Spirit :: Bible :: Truth

The word of God is a love letter.

A love letter that shows how to walk in a way that will not lead to destruction.  A love letter that warns us of the consequences of living any other way.  We are watching the manifestation of the alternative ways of living in the world all around us.

While violence and fear plagues our world, God calls us to fight this fight with love.  And this isn’t sissy love.  This is fierce love that goes to battle for God’s children, speaking liberty to the captives, rescuing victims of sex slavery, reporting child abuse, becoming a foster parent, volunteering in the hospital, feeding and acknowledging the homeless.  Christians should be leading the charge in fiercely going into the trenches to fight this fight with the sword of Love.

Too many of us sit in our comfortable lives while the world is crying out for solutions.

The Solution came 2000 years ago and walked among us.  His name was Jesus.  He allowed us to crucify Him so that He could deal with death and defeat once and for all of us.  He has since ascended back to Heaven but He did not leave us here helpless! He taught us how to love like He loved.  He walked it out.  He left His powerful Spirit of love with us, passing the baton.  We’re on!  This is not a dress rehearsal.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[a] anything in My name, I will do it.”  John 14:12-14

Greater works than Jesus?!

What are we waiting for?!

Comfort may be our greatest enemy.  We would go talk with the homeless people downtown, but we have a show to watch on our comfy couch.  We would research how to run for office to make changes in our city, state, and country, but we don’t know how and we already have a job, so we just stay put.

If we don’t do it, who will?

Jesus already gave us everything we need.  It’s up to us to love others in the meantime before His second coming in which we will have all made our decision and live for eternity with the consequences.  We have eternity to sit on the couch in heaven.  Get up and get to work!  There are captives waiting on you.  Lives are dependent on you pursuing your destiny.

Take up your sword! Love relentlessly.

May we not worry about what people think – who are they anyway?!  God shall be our governor.  Our discernment shall be in alignment with His heart.  Daily studying the word of God, and Jesus who was the physical embodiment of this Word.

It all boils down to belief.  Our belief creates trust.  Our trust is what faith is composed of.  Faith is not what we believe when we are comfortable and nothing bad is happening.  Faith is what we believe when everything appears to be falling apart, we are under attack and terrified.  This is when we will learn the true depth of our faith.  God is so gracious, if we ask Him to increase our faith, to teach us how to believe on deeper levels, He will!

Cry out to God and ask Him to teach you how to wield your sword of love.  Ask Him to teach you how to walk in His ways.  Study the word and watch your life change.

You are a conqueror!

The Armor of God | Shield of Faith

The Armor of God | Shield of Faith

Shield of Faith Armor of God

“above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” NKJV

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” NIV

Why does faith matter? Turns out it is the substance, the platform, for God to build in our lives. The Word of God is quite clear that we will indeed endure attacks from the enemy.

This is war.

Christ came to provide deliverance, but because we have free will, God had to give us a time to choose!  We are living in that time.  The duty of sharing this news with others has been left to us!  To YOU.  People’s eternal destinies are on the lines!

Never does the Word say that once we align with God we will no longer encounter hardship. In fact, any follower of Christ who has truly taken up their cross in complete surrender to their divine destiny will testify that this is when the attacks come in full force.  The enemy will wage war when he sees the revealing of a son or daughter of God is about to surface.   This is why we must take courage through our shield of faith!

Our shield of faith will defend us against every attack of the enemy.  Faith is our choice.

As we encounter more and more experiences of growth leading to breakthrough, we learn to celebrate the especially tumultuous times because this means that God is rearranging everything for His glory, and the enemy is panicking, doing anything he can think of to distract us and lead us off course.

This is why we are told 365 times to be unafraid!  This is not a suggestion – this is a command!  The enemy distorts our understanding and convinces us that “thou shalt not murder” is a command, but to have faith and hold our peace is simply a suggestion.


This is where too many Christians are failing and stumbling.

Faith is like a muscle, it is strengthened through use.

God is always working on the behalf of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  We have all been given a measure of faith.  Just as some are born into wealthy families and some are born abandoned at birth, we come into the world with different situations.  This is not because God is cruel, it’s because He is creative and the things of this world have nothing to do with our ability to follow Him.  All who are reading this were born with breath and a beating heart (or were miraculously restored if not).  Even though born into different situations, we equally have breath in our lungs and the choice to trust and pursue God.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

“Fear not, for I am with you;

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

How do we build our faith?

By doing something that God has called us to do that scares us!  Not sure what God is calling you to?  Find something that would be a loving act of service for another that makes you feel uncomfortable.

Bring fresh socks for the homeless.  Socks are a hot commodity in the homeless community!  Call that person you haven’t spoken with in ages because things left off on a weird note; just call to send love and say hello!  Ask forgiveness.  Give forgiveness.  Ask God what He has for you to do and learn each day.  He will surely show you.

It is popular in our culture to say that we have faith, but how frequently have we actually tested the theory?  We have faith in God because we have the idol of a paycheck that comes every two weeks.  We know we are called to write that book, but we are afraid of what others may say, or maybe we’re just too lazy.  We criticize those who do drugs but are ourselves addicted to sugar and have allowed our bodies to get dangerously overweight.  We have faith for the good times, and somehow have allowed the victim mindset to set in during the bad.

God did not give us a spirit of fear or defeat.

Anytime we are living in fear or defeat, we are to go boldly to the throne in the heavenly realms asking God for His help!  He is a generous Father.  He loves to help His children.  Our free-will at times is what keeps Him from moving in our lives.  If we do not invite Him, He will wait.

Handing everything over to God in faith is the best decision I’ve ever made!  It requires wrestling matches, tears, and trust!  It just so happens that the God who created money, sex, relationships, the concept of work, and everything else is a Master at it all!  No longer is it necessary it date random people to just see what happens.  No longer is it necessary to panic about money.  I have submitted it all to God and am following His lead.  Walking by faith is the best decision I’ve ever made!

Here’s to walking not by sight, but by the faith in our consistent King.

Full Armor of God | Helmet of Salvation

Full Armor of God | Helmet of Salvation

Helmet of Salvation Armor of God

“Take the helmet of salvation [and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God] and pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  NIV

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.”           Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

Our minds are our battlefields.

The enemy uses our own minds against us through fear, sorrow, temptation, and most of all: distraction.

We live in a generation that is obsessed and addicted to being distracted.  Many are addicted to the likes and attention through social media.  We have grown accustomed to having 15 conversations at once, while checking our email and watching tv.

The helmet protects the brain which is the command station for the rest of the body.  When this command station comes under the influence of ungodly thoughts, it will carry our body right into destruction.  Knowing we are saved and have the victory is key to protecting our mind during battle.  The Bible is clear repeatedly that we will absolutely encounter battles on earth.  We are warriors for God, sent to set the captives free.  This is a rescue mission!  We must protect our minds with truth in order to stay in alignment with the assignment and not become disillusioned by distractions.

Every single thing we see and hear is programming our mind.

Every commercial in the background.

Every song on the radio.

Every sex scene on tv.

How often is the tv just running in the background?

What are you feeding your mind?

We are warned to be diligent about wearing the helmet of salvation every day.  This means not just reading a verse so that we can check it off the list, but to acknowledge that there is a King in the room.  Honor His presence.  While we praise Him for His unfailing love, we remember that this comes with an inheritance.  We already have the win when He is ruling in our life.  We don’t have to worry or fear.  Our job in this whole thing is to be sensitive to His voice, go where He goes, and to be fearless!

I challenge you to pay attention to every influence that encounters your eyes and ears through any media channel today.

No one is above guarding their heart and mind.

The enemy is extremely patient and strategic.  Test every influence against the word of God.  If unsure, ask God to provide wisdom and discernment regarding a matter.  He loves when we ask Him questions.  This requires being quiet and spending time to hear Him answer.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 4:3-5 NKJV

The writer, Paul, explains here that while he uses an analogy of physical armor in Ephesians, our battles are actually not against flesh and blood.  Evil spirits and distorted mindsets manifest into war and physical violence.  The root issue is fear, shame run rampant, self-righteousness, hatred, and evil.  We as Christians have the power to cast down these evil spirits because of the work of Christ Jesus.  Jesus secured the win for us!

We are to be walking in the power of the knowledge of our victory which inspires us to love others.  We are kind in traffic because we trust God to get us where we are going and we will not contribute to the negativity.  We are patient when it’s clear the sales clerk is new and slower than usual.  We love because we are called to love.  We are empowered to love because we know that we are not threatened.

Go for the gold through the word of God

Knowing that we have the victory of salvation through the word of God should cause us to go for the gold in every area of life.  Struggling with addiction?  That is a stronghold on your mind attempting to steal you away from the divine and incredible destiny God wants you to have.  Fight that stronghold with all you have no matter what!  Dwell in the Truth.  Go seek and accept help.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!  Salvation is yours!  This world is a messy place, but we as warriors in Christ must get tough and believe.

We must know that salvation is ours in every area of our life!

Full Armor of God | Gospel of Peace

Full Armor of God | Preparation of the Gospel of Peace

Gospel of Peace Armor of God

“and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace”

“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 NKJV

Each of us have been given the freedom of choice.  God is not a slave-driver.  He did not create us to be robots forced into loving Him.  We all appreciate this until the self-centered, entitled jerk cuts us off in traffic.  We appreciate it until this freedom allows for greed, violence, and hatred.  We love the freedom of choice for ourselves until it impacts our lives negatively, and then conveniently, we blame God for not ‘doing something’ about it.

Walking with God does not automatically remove us from the disillusioned people of the world.  In John 16:33 Jesus reassures, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

In order to survive with our sanity and joy, we must learn how to prepare ourselves with the gospel of peace; that we may bring it with us wherever we go.  Conflict is a part of this life one way or another.  But we were never meant to battle alone.

God’s perfect peace does indeed surpass all understanding.  In this chaotic world, we should be carrying it, unafraid.

It is an advantage of living a submitted life to Christ.  The concept of surrender is quite unpopular as we have witnessed what has happened when humans surrender to each other and are then taken advantage of due to power-hunger or greed.   Every negative act against another is rooted in anger or fear.  Placing our full trust in God, while seeking His righteousness, keeps us in the space of His peace that will carry us through any battle.

A warrior depends on his feet for movement.

Have you ever stepped on a lego?  Or stubbed your toe?  Or rolled your ankle?  We are greatly limited when we have an injury to our feet that are responsible for carrying us to our next destination.  A soldier’s shoes were a crucial piece of his armor as they prevented sprained ankles, scrapes and wounds subject to infection.

With the right footwear, humans can do just about anything.  For rock climbing, we wear rock climbing shoes with rubber toes and bendy-soles.  For sprinting we wear lightweight running shoes.  Soccer players wear cleats to grip the turf.  For our life mission, peace shall be our covering and our greatest tool to continue moving forward.

Paul is not only saying that we should be peaceful people, but he is imploring us to be prepared in our minds at all times in the protective peace of Truth so that when God calls us to walk through a storm we are already prepared to not be shaken.  Sometimes God doesn’t call us into the storm, it may be the result of the distorted choices of those around us.  Either way, the solution remains the same.

Walking through the wilderness is historically when God prepared many of His greatest leaders.  It’s where He prepares us too.

When we walk through the storms of life, it can seem aimless, pointless, and unending.  God uses these seasons to mold us, to sand down the characteristics of ourselves that could destroy us in the next season if not dealt with now.  Leaning into His peace allows us to not only survive the season, but to thrive in it!

Just like exercising, growing spiritually is painful and exhausting at times.  Only through His perfect peace can we endure the seasons of combat to become our divine selves.  God is a God of movement and progression.  If life is stagnant chances are it’s our move.

How do we prepare ourselves with the gospel of peace?

First and foremost, by knowing the gospel.  We are called to know the Word of Truth so intimately it is written on our hearts.  When the Truth of our victory is so deeply rooted in our being any ‘shadow of death’ that would present itself will not shake us.  When we know that no weapon formed against us shall prosper, we know that if it appears that we are losing, it isn’t over!  Yes, weapons will be formed against us, but none will prosper!  As we journey with our King submitting to the Holy Spirit as our guide, God uses the gospel to teach us about His nature.  He is faithful.  He never fails.  He is generous!  He loves us!  This is not some cheesy Sunday school kind of love, but the real ride-or-die love that so many desire.  Turns out He already proved His ride or die loyalty at the cross and whooped satan’s butt.

“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”  Exodus 14:14 NKJV

Ask God to reveal His peace in your life.  Pursue it relentlessly and run into your next battle for the Lord is with you – and you shall hold your peace!

You will find yourself prepared the next time a battle comes your way!

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