The Armor of God

The Armor of God

 

·       The Belt of Truth

o  Named after the leather belt with an apron that hung in front of the Roman with small brass plates attached to the apron to provide the greatest possible protection.

o  When preparing for battle, the belt would have been the first piece of protective equipment put on by the soldier.

o  Being prepared in every circumstance, by making certain that you are a person of truth. This includes:

§  Knowing the good news about Jesus and explaining why you believe in Him.

§  Living as a person of integrity – as someone who is honest and trustworthy.

o  1 Peter 2:12 (ESV) ~ Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

·       The Breastplate of Righteousness

o  This would be fastened around the soldier’s chest and there were two types. The first type was fashioned by joining several broad, curved metal bands together. The other type was constructed by linking small metal rings together until they formed a vest.

o  The purpose was for protection of vital organs. Failure of wearing could result in damage to the heart or lungs.

o  Putting on the breastplate of righteousness means –

§  Believing in Jesus and His righteousness, not our own (Galatians 2:20, 21)

§  Standing firm against injustice and corruption (Leviticus 19:15, Hebrews 1:9)

§  Knowing that God promises His protection against the forces of evil for those who have faith in Jesus (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

o  Isaiah 59:16-17 (ESV) ~ He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.

o  Romans 3:22 (ESV) ~ … the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

·       Feet Prepared with the Gospel of Peace

o  Marching was an essential part of a soldier’s life and no soldier could march far without sturdy shoes.

o  The studded soles enabled a soldier to stand firm. They kept the soldier’s feet from slipping in battle. Without his shoes, the soldier could not maintain his position against his enemies.

o  The Gospel of Peace is the good news that we can have peace with God; before we turned to Jesus we wanted to live for ourselves and we didn’t care about God’s plans for our lives. But God loves us and made a way of being reconciled with Him and live in peace.

o  Romans 12:5 (ESV) ~ … so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

o  Philippians 4:7 (ESV) ~ And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

·       The Shield of Faith

o  The Roman solider shields stood four feet long and three feet wide. Iron rims were fitted along the top and bottom edges, and an iron circle was attached to the center of the shield.

o  Before going into battle, soldiers would drench their leather covered shields with water, to quench the fiery arrows of their enemies.

o  Soldiers would also put their shields together and have more protection.

o  1 John 5:4 (ESV) ~ For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

o  Satan has his fiery darts – those things that cause the believer …

§  To question his salvation

§  To question his call

§  To question if he is worthy

§  To question if he can really serve

§  To question if the project can really be done

§  To question, doubt and wonder

§  To become discouraged, depressed, and defeated

§  To burn with passion and desire

o  Psalm 3:3-4 (ESV) ~ But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

o  Psalm 33:20 (ESV) ~ Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

·       The helmet of salvation

o  The helmet covered the soldier’s mind and head. The head, of course, was the core of the soldier’s power to wage war. His mind and thinking ability was the most important factor in determining his victory or defeat.

o  The sign of the Christian soldier is the helmet of salvation (deliverance). He must protect his mind and his thoughts, keeping all thoughts focused upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

o  Unless a man has been saved, born again, his mind cannot be protected from the fiery darts of temptation. The mind of an unsaved man is focused upon this earth; it is normal and natural for him …

§  To seek more and more

§  To possess more and more

§  To taste and indulge the good things of the earth

§  To feel and experience, satisfying his desires and passions

§  To have and hoard even when other have little or nothing

o  The helmet of salvation means the knowledge and hope of salvation. Knowing that we are saved and hoping for the glorious day of redemption …

§  Stirs us to keep our minds and thoughts upon Christ and off of sin and this world.

§  Arouses us to focus upon Christ and His mission to carry the gospel to a needy and dying world.

o  Romans 12:2 (ESV) ~ Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

o  2 Corinthians 10:5 (ESV) ~ We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

·       The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God

o  The sword was a weapon used for both defense and offense. The sword was used both to protect and fight off and slay the enemy. The sign of a Christian solider is his use of the Word of God.

o  By living in the Scriptures, he protects himself from the onslaught of the enemy. The written Word is the one weapon that assures victory for the Christian soldier, for the Word of God is …

o  Hebrews 4:12 (ESV) ~ For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

o  Revelation 2:12, 16 (ESV) ~ “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword. … Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.

o  Psalm 119:11 (ESV) ~ I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
 
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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