Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:10,11 NIV)
Armors are weakening and even falling off, leaving many open for the devil’s schemes. I’ve had a strong nudge this week to encourage those overwhelmed with pressure, making decisions to away from God. When God’s name is used- I am speaking of the one- and only true God. The Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, working together unified. What a beautiful picture painted for us, gift of unity. This may be our very problem, division among churches, families, and individuals, leaving Biblical Truth behind.
Let’s refresh our memories of what defines Spiritual armor, keeping the devil’s schemes away. We need:
- A belt of truth, buckled around our waist.
- A breastplate of righteousness in place.
- Our feet fitted w/readiness, coming from the gospel of peace.
- A shield of faith, extinguishing all flaming arrows of the evil one.
- A helmet of salvation.
- A sword of Spirit, which is the Word of God.
- And…pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with prayers and request. Keep mindful to stay alert and pray for all saints.
This my friends, is the full armor of God. When distractions pull our attention away from any of these areas, we’re opening an opportunity to be deceived. I was in prayer myself and saw my own armor weakening. We cannot let this happen. In America, generations have always known freedom. Yet, many have become too comfortable thinking freedom cannot be stolen. The devil’s schemes include: stealing, killing, and destroying. Anyone not operating in God’s Will, is subject to the devil’s schemes.
When someone steals, they are sneaky. The devil first has to steal, before he kills and destroys. Since he once lived in heaven and one of God’s main angels- he knows God’s Word. He knows better than any person. Therefore, he knows how to twist truths, producing counterfeits. For example, God’s love vs. tolerance. I keep wanting to write detail on this one, just not right timing. Everything the left uses, is a counterfeit to God’s Word. The devil cannot create anything new, reason why anyone out of God’s will falls for his schemes. And…why armors weaken and fall off.
It’s time to win back churches and win back believers. Speak truth in love, stay strong in the Lord, and keep daily check ensuring armor is ready to protect. God’s mighty power is ready to prevail!