Ephesians 6:10-18 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,” NASU
I have frequently voiced the warning and called attention to the fact that we are in a War spiritually. It is a conflict that could easily carry over into the natural. But, the fact that as believers we are in a war must be understood if we are to become all we can be in God and walk in total victory! If the Church is to become the Glorious Church that Jesus declared He was building we Must realize that We Are In A War! Knowing that brings several issue to the fore and must be considered. We absolutely must know what our weapons are but there are three things in particular that I want to call your attention to here. They are vital and without an understanding, on these points, we will Never reach our potential in God and enjoy the fullness of His Abundant Life!
- The Covering “The Blood of Jesus.”
- The Conditioning “The Life of Prayer.”
- The Clothing “The Armor of God.”
None of those can be omitted if we are to be successful in our spiritual warfare against the enemy of our souls! So let’s consider them one at a time.
- THE COVERING – – – “The Blood of Jesus.”
Revelation 12:11 – “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives to death.”
Please consider two words that are essential here: “Know” and “Do”. It is not enough to know about the Blood of Jesus or about the devices of the devil, we must do something. For example, You can “know” all about aspirin. You can recite commercials, sing the jingles, quote the lines, and even know from past experience what happens to your headache when you take one or two. However, unless you do something with that knowledge, nothing will happen. It will do you absolutely no good with regard to a headache you are having. If you are to get rid of that headache using the aspirin you have to get it down inside of you and allow it to become part of your system. The same is true with Scripture quotation – – It must become internalized not just verbalized!
Isaiah 53:4-5 – “Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” NKJV
The Blood Sacrifice of Jesus has made it possible to be Saved, Healed, and Delivered! That Blood Sacrifice has placed us in a position of peace and freedom from Guilt, Sorrow, and Affliction! But, you must get this in your spirit that new life didn’t come by teaching alone. It did not come by good deeds! NO, it happened by The Blood of Jesus! It is through the Blood of Jesus that the devil’s power has been broken and destroyed. The devil has No Power over any part of our lives if we are In Christ because our lives are under the Atoning Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ!
Through the Blood of Jesus:
- We are FORGIVEN.
- Satan’s LEGAL HOLD over us is broken.
- We receive the very PRESENCE of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- We are made COMPLETE in Jesus.
That is one element of the three vital elements involved in our rising to the Fullness that God desires for us in Christ on Planet Earth!
I will pause here today and pick up with “Element Number Two” tomorrow. Hopefully, the Holy Spirit will begin to get this in your spirit today and tonight and then on the morrow we can move into the next element and grow even stronger and bolder in our efforts for the Kingdom of God.
Until tomorrow may the God of Peace guide you in His Peace and guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! Blessings!