"Put on Christ"
Every Christian is in an all out war with Satan. God has equipped us
with unsurpassed and incomparable spiritual armor for this battle. It is our
responsibility to resist the devil. When you reject him with the power of the indwelling
Christ, he will flee from you.
Christ gives us His mighty strength (kratei) to resist
Satans strategies (Phil. 4:13). It is not I, but Christ in me that I have this
overwhelming conquering power.
Our responsibility in this spiritual warfare is to put on the
full armor of God (Eph. 6:11). You will never win in the spiritual war without it.
By using the armor God has provided we stand firm against the schemes of the
devil (v. 11). In this spiritual war (v. 12) we must take up the full armor of
God so we can resist Satan and stand firm (v. 13). The
apostle Paul makes an urgent appeal for the believer to take his stand.
is our truth.
Jesus said, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one
comes to the Father but through Me (Jn. 14:6).
In His high priestly prayer Jesus asked the Father, Sanctify them in
the truth; Your word is truth (17:17). Satan is a lair and all ways will be one (Jn.
8:44). The truth in Christ is the strong integrating force in our lives. You cannot defeat
a man of integrity because he has a clear conscience before God and a watching world.
is our righteousness.
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us
wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption (1 Cor. 1:30). Our righteousness is that which is through
faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith
(Phil. 3:9). The sanctifying righteousness of Christ guards the
believers heart in our daily battles with Satan (Rom. 6:13; 14:17). Only as we guard
our hearts can we be stable soldiers (2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 4:24). The righteousness of Christ gives us assurance
during Satans attacks. We have a positional righteousness in Christ that produces a
practical righteousness in our daily life.
is our peace.
In a hostile, bitter world, the Christian has peace (Jn.
16:33; Phil. 4:7; Rom. 5:1). We have His peace which is just the opposite from what the
world offers. Our peace with God comes from a right relationship with Christ. With the
peace with God we have a gospel to share with the world (Rom. 10:15; Isa. 21:7; Eph.
2:14). Our peace with God provides us the peace of God to sustain
and strengthen us when the circumstances go against us.
is our faith.
Our responsibility is fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and
perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb. 12:2; cf. Lk.
22:31-32' 2 Cor. 4:8-9, 16-18). Our responses to everyday circumstances are dramatically
different when we trust Christ. Are you appropriating by faith the power of God in Christ?
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives
in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of
God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me (Gal. 2:20).
is our salvation.
Simeon in the Temple blessed the infant Jesus saying, For my
eyes have seen Your salvation (Lk. 2:30; cf. 1 Thess. 5:8; Rom. 8:24; Acts 4:12).
There is nothing insecure about this helmet of salvation. It is firm and solid in Christ.
Satan attacks the mind of the believer as he did Eve. If he can get a hold on your
imagination, he has his bloody hold on you (2 Cor. 11:3; 10:3-7; Eph. 4:20-21).
is the Word of God.
Jesus is Gods final word to man (John 1:1, 14; Heb.
1:1-3). The sword given by the Spirit is the Word of God (Matt. 4:3-11; Heb. 4:12; Acts
2:37; 5:33). He is living and powerful. The Spirit wrote the Word, wields the
Word and always points to the Living Word. We overcome Satan by the particular
words (rhema) or portions of Scripture we apply to our lives (Ps. 119:11).
Christ is appropriated to us by faith (Eph. 6:18; Prov. 23:7; 2 Cor.
3:18). We are to pray continually in the power and sphere of the Spirit with
all kinds of prayer and requests (Eph. 6:18; Heb. 10:19-20). Only then can our voice be
heard above the crowd and the rabble of the world philosophers, new age movements and
cults with their new revelations from God (vv. 19-20).
When we trust in Jesus Christ we receive the armor of God. He is the
whole armor of God. We are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom.
13:14) by faith and trust Him for the victory. In deed, we put on the armor the moment we
trusted in Christ for salvation, and we must appropriate Him by faith each day. That is
the only way to live in victory.
Never, never, never take off your armor for one moment! Put on
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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