Are You Wearing Your Armor? FAITH

Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you!

In Ephesians 6:10-20 says...

My Brethren, be strong in the LORD and in the power of HIS might. Put on the whole armor of GOD, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of GOD, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the SPIRIT, which is the WORD of GOD; praying always with all supplication in the SPIRIT, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

FAITH is the next armor piece. The scripture says that we should take up the shield of faith. I like this piece because with faith we can quench all the fiery darts of the devil. What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 says... Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. In other words, Faith is belief and trust. Believing you will receive something without evidence.

Faith is fundamental for Christians to obtain GRACE. It is imperative we have faith or we can not have a relationship with CHRIST. We need to have faith in the fact that JESUS is who HE says HE is, and that HE did what he said HE came to do. How is this important in that fact that it can quench the fiery darts of the wicked one? We see in Hebrews 11:28, By faith he (Moses) kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he (angel of death) who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. Moses and those who had faith, believed GOD, obeyed, and the angel of death had no hold on them. Likewise, with faith in believing the shedding of the blood of JESUS sanctified us to HIMSELF. Now we do not die, but have eternal life. People who get struck with the fiery dart of evil, can fall for satan's scheme's and plan's, thus leading them away from a relationship with CHRIST and into the lake of fire. Christians can be struck also if unarmed, thus rendering one useless for the work for the kingdom, and satan is always prowling around trying to disarm the brethren. BEWARE!!

Faith is not only essential for eternal life, but it is essential for attaining favor with GOD ALMIGHTY. Hebrews 10:38 says, Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, MY soul has no pleasure in him. Hebrews 11:6 says, But without faith it is impossible to please HIM, for he who comes to GOD must believe that HE is, and that HE is a rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM. When Christians face temptations, (temptations do not come from GOD, but satan.) we should sift it through the WORD of GOD and follow through in obedience to the FATHER. We must believe in faith that what GOD says we should do, we should do. When we know what GOD expects of us and follow through in faith, those darts will not stick, they lose their power.

The Patriarchs found favor with GOD because their faith led them into obedience. Abraham found favor when he was tested with Isaac, by faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come, and by faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshipped, leaning on the top of his staff.

Can you imagine what the outcome would have been if they would not have put on the armor piece of faith? If faith would not have been in them, GOD would not have had favor, and the blessings would not have gone to them; while satan could have led them down an unrighteous path, or to their own destruction. Unbelief stops GOD from working in our lives, leaving us open to believe the lies of the enemy. Matthew 13:58 says, And HE (JESUS) did not do many mighty works there because of unbelief. Not because of the inability to perform without faith, ( HE IS ALMIGHTY CREATOR of all and can do what HE wants) but it was in the sense that HE would not, without faith.

Faith is one of the most important armor pieces because it allows us to believe to righteousness, it allows us to live in obedience leading us to a favorable relationship with the FATHER, and it helps us to resist the devil rendering him powerless over us. Let us all fall to our knee's and ask GOD to help us to put on faith that is necessary for our lives.

GOD Bless You!

2 comments:

wow, you sure are right. without faith we really cant have any of the other armor. it is the most important armor piece.
gotta go
GOD bless you.

January 5, 2009 at 9:30 AM  

As usual, your post is great. It's funny (in a sarcastic way) that so many times we forget to put on that armor and heat out into the world. I know that sometimes I just get so wrapped up in "me" that I don't get wrapped up in "Him." Thanks!
Rita

April 3, 2009 at 9:33 PM  

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