Thursday, January 10, 2019

Armor of God | Watchful Perseverance

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.

In The Cool Zone | I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me

We previously looked at The Word of God, 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 watchful perseverance.

Watchful Perseverance

Being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints... - Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJV

Watchful perseverance has an effect. The effect is the developement of an acute, if not intuitive, awareness and curiosity about our ministry.

Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you. - 1 Timothy 4:14-16 NLT

Watch in Ephesions 6:18 means to be circumspect, attentive, ready.

Perseverance simply means steady persistence in a course of action or a purpose, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

These are pretty straight forward words that we are familiar with. There are a few different words in the bible that can be translated "watch" and although there are distinctions, a heightened awareness and curiosity about our ministry is always the effect.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Armor of God | Pray Always

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.

In The Cool Zone - Armor of God - Pray Always

We previously looked at The Word of God, 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 prayer.

Praying always in the Spirit

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit... - Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJV

Prayer and supplication in the Spirit has an effect. The effect is the immediate and undeviating attention of our God.

The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. - 1 Peter 3:12 NLT 

We generally do not think of prayer as armor. When we are taught about God's armor, the lesson usually ends at, the Sword of the Spirit. Yet, there are a couple more pieces that we want to be sure we are equiping! Prayer, and being watchful (covered in a separte post), are two pieces of armor we do not want to forget.

He's Listening

Our Father is serious about listening for our prayers. It is a sweet aroma to him. They are something that he takes great joy in. If you are in Christ the result of prayer is God hears you. Many others things happen as well but it's important to simply and quietly know... God hears you.

May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. - Psalm 141:2 NASB

The indication that God hears us is not just witnessing the fulfilment of a prayer. The most important indication we want to fix our sight on, is the scriptures tell us that God hears our prayers and looks forward to them. It is a promise, repeated many times, that God is listening for us.

Can an argument be made that when a Christian is stubborningly walking in their sin with no thought of giving themselves over to the Lords ways, they will not be heard, or listened to? Sure! That is a certainty.

However, anyone who is in Christ and calls out to the Lord, He is listening every time!

We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. - John 9:31 NLT 

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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Armor of God | Hope

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.

Our confident hope of salvation.

We previously looked at The Shield of Faith, 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 Helmet of Salvation.

The Helmet of Salvation

Take the helmet of salvation... - Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJV

The Helmet of Salvation has an effect. The effect is, a joyful and confident expectation of the Lord.

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation. - 1 Thessalonians 5:8 NLT

The word confidence in the New Living Translation is actually a very familiar word we otherwise know as hope. The helmet is the hope of our salvation. It is an expectation that is joyful. It is an expectation that is confident. Our salvation, hope, joy, confidence and expectation are all tied together. When these concepts are valued, nurtured and inseparable from our thoughts, they become the helmet that is impenetrable.

But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. - 1 Thessalonians 5:8 NASB

Expectation, joy, confidence and hope are synonyms in many ways. They work together to fortify a Christlike mindset. Joy, confidence and a vibrant expectation of the Lord are how we know we have our helmet on.