Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Armor of God | The Word of God

The armor of God has been a topic that has been difficult to get our minds wrapped around. What it is and how we put it on, has seemed to be a bit mysterious. So maybe by looking at the effect of the armor we can get a better understanding of how to put the armor on.

The Armor of God | Take the Sword

We previously looked at The Helmet of Salvation, so let's take the next piece. We're leaving in, The Effect of Armor, section here for continuity.

The Effect of Armor

The most prominent place the armor of God is listed is in Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJVEach piece of armor has an effect. Since it is spiritual armor, and we are physically oriented, it can be difficult to understand what is happening when we have it on.

One of the things we know about armor is that once we are in the battle, we shouldn't have to think about the armor. It will passively protect us and we shouldn't have to give it another thought. We inspect, test and repair the armor on a regular basis and ensure it is fitted correctly on us.

Now, there are probably many effects that we can identify but this study is simply to start the process. For our purposes, we are focusing on one effect but be sure to seek out more. If you find more than what is listed here, please add them to the comment section below.

So, let's continue to look at the effect of each piece. Today we are tackling the The Sword of the Spirit.

The Sword of the Spirit

The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God... - Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJV

The sword of the Spirit has an effect. The effect is a superior perspective.

For, "Who can know the LORD's thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?" But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. - 1 Corinthians 2:16 NLT

This piece of armor actually has many powerful effects that you can quickly discover. Again, for our purposes we'll just focus on what may be the most impactful... a new perspective.

In the Old Testament we see that God's thoughts and ways are higher, than our thoughts and ways. This is because until we are born again and have the Spirit of God dwelling in us, and informing us, there's no way to see another way to look at our existence.

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:9 NLT

Perspective... It's a Big Deal! 

We have an example in the scriptures where we see unbelievers who are stuck with only one worldly perspective. Satan and his world system have human minds on lock down. So much so, that Paul tells us that they are held captive to do whatever Satan wants.