Is your guard up is your amour on?

Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” 

Mark 13:33 “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” 

Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” 

If your guard is not up, then Christ is not your strong hold and you are not putting on the full armour OF GOD. You have left yourself defenceless and vulnerable to attack. Definition of guard is protection, defence, being in watch over anything threatening to keep in safety. If we fail to withstand the devils attack then we are not operating in the full armour OF GOD. We have to guard ourselves from spiritual attack, and when they do come, you have to be prepared to do spiritual battle. God has given you all this armour to win and be victorious. If Christ can defeat Satan in His weakest moments (Matthew 4), we can defeat the enemy in our weak and strongest moments.

 Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

We have to stand strong in Gods strength and not our own. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13), it is not by power nor by might but by the Spirit says the Lord of Hosts (Zechariah 4:6), we do nothing in our own power or by might but by the Spirit of our Lord God.

 Ephesians 6:11“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

To stand in the evil day we have to be clothed in the amour of God. We are in the evil day, so we have to continue to stand clad in the whole armour OF GOD. Seven pieces of armour are mentioned. Five are defensive and two are offensive, with one being preparatory. The armour is mentioned as being: a belt, a breastplate, shoes, a shield, a helmet, a sword, and prayer. 

Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Are war is not carnal, but spiritual, we have to be spiritually ready to resist the devil and flee, by focusing on Christ and submitting to Him (James 4:8). Likewise, we may sincerely desire to never deny our Lord, but it takes more than desire; it takes preparation. We have all been taught how to rely on ourselves, but we have to learn anew how to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10). Just as in the physical realm, muscles have to be exercised to become strong, so we have to exercise ourselves unto godliness (1Timothy 4:7).

 Eph 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

You have to put on the whole armour OF GOD, not just part of it, some people are running around with just the helmet of salvation and have no sword of the Spirit to attack the enemy. We are exhorted three times to put on the full armour OF GOD not some of it. Do not be left defenceless and vulnerable. 

Ephesians 6:14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”

Christ is the truth, the only truth (John 14:6). When we have received Christ, we have received the Truth. We have to surround ourselves with the truth of Christ and to continue to be sanctified by the truth. When you act upon the truth, it will set you free (John 8:32). When you know the truth, you will not be entangled in our own web of deceit. The belt of truth holds things in place, holds up the whole armour. The truth keeps us secure in Christ and makes effective all the other pieces of armour. Truth is the sincerity of the heart. Sincerity leads us to be open before God. To have the belt of truth is to look to Jesus as the only truth. If Satan can remove/disarm of us of our belt, he will defeat us. 

Righteousness is received at salvation; it is the source of God Himself, a very gift from God, which only comes through faith. It gives us total acceptance before God through Christ. Righteousness allows us to stand before God, men and demons. Without the breastplate of righteousness, our faith would be like any mere religion – a form of godliness but no power to act. The Holy Spirit within us now gives us the life and power to live above sin. He imparts in you godly living. This is the breastplate of righteousness. Righteousness is God’s double-sided protection for the Christian. It defends our conscience from all the wounds inflicted by past sin and failures and also keeps us from the constant array of temptations and lust that desire to inflict more harm on us.

Ephesians 6:15 “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

The shoes of the gospel of peace makes a messenger prepared to share the glad tidings of peace. This piece of armour is to aid our movement and defence and not our appearance. The shoes that keep us going over hard ground and the shoes that equip us with something to offer to the needy souls along the way. 

Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”

We walk by faith not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7); it protects us from the attacks of the enemy.  It is the most important armour to put on, without this all the other parts of the armour our exposed. It quenches the fiery arrows of the evil one, not some of them but ALL of them. We can have total victory in Christ Jesus as He is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Faith is the confidence and assurance we have in the crucified and risen Christ. Faith is lifting our eyes up to God and relying on the greater One in us to see us through. 

Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”

There is a battlefield going on in the mind, the helmet of salvation protects our head from the wrong kind of thinking. We have to take captive every thought that exalts himself above the knowledge of Christ, being transformed by the renewing of our mind by the word of God. We need to keep focused on Christ the hope of our salvation. Hope is of the mind, it covers the head, and it is our helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:8).  A man can survive several days without food or water but take away hope and he will commit suicide immediately. An understanding of what God has promised us brings us hope. God does not lie. Our hope is based on Him. A Christian with the helmet of the hope of salvation will not get confused with the fleeing pleasures of sin. Nor will they trade their birthright (salvation) for the temporary lusts of the world.

The sword of the Spirit is our offensive weapon; we use it to strike down the enemy. The Word of God is hidden in our heart, activated by the power of the Holy Spirit and spoken in an appropriate situation. The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 12:4). 

Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

The last part of the Christian armour, which is prayer. pray with all diligence. The phrase “all prayer,” means various kind of prayer in the in the Spirit. Prayer is more than just asking, there is a prayer of thanksgiving, of praise, of rejoicing of worship, prayer of intercession, a prayer of agreement and a prayer of dedication. It is inappropriate to ask for something more than once, but we can and should continue to pray with these other forms of prayer until we see our answer manifest in the flesh. Prayer is another form of absolute dependence and reliance upon God for His divine intervention. In the “Spirit” means prayer directed by God’s Spirit and in accordance with God’s will (1John 5:14-15). Paul used this terminology when referring to praying in tongues (1Corinthians 14:2, 15; Jude 20; 1Corinthians 14:15). Therefore, this includes praying in tongues.  

A great amount of information was used from Andrew Wommack’s ministries and Word library. To God be the glory for their ministries.

 Be armed and ready, keep you guard up. 

Stay blessed


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