Stand Strong I just wanted to share my studies on ' The armour of God " Please forgive spelling. Stand Strong If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. What do we mean by standing strong.? There are many examples in the Bible of people who stood upright with respect and stood for something . David stood up to a giant. Daniel in the Lion’s den stood up for God . Shadrack , Meshack and Abendigo…. Peter ,John and many more were not afraid to stand up for what they believed. They all stood firm in the mighty power of God. The Christian life is a battleground not a playground. 1…. The world System ….. The world is opposed to God We are in the world but not of the world. 2… Old Nature….Our flesh was inherited from Adam so therefore we are in a constant battle with the desires of the flesh. 3…. Devil… satan is the accuser of the brethren and is like a roaring lion wanting to devour all he can ( called the angel of light ). Our struggle is in the heavenly realms . You will have battles but we know that satan is doomed and defeated because Jesus paid it all for us on the cross. Satan wants to slow us down and move into our territory. But we need to stand strong against him and move into the power that Christ has given us. We have to take back from satan what he has stolen. The Armour Paul related in those days to the armour because they were on the battleground against the Romans. But we can relate to it in our day as well . 1….. Belt of Truth…. The belt for the soldier would hold their pants up and the belt held the sword. Truth is the foundation. Everything is built on Truth . Truth holds everything together just as the belt does. Satan is a lier and a deceiver so if you have truth you can defeat him. Know the truth and the truth will set you free. 2…. Breastplate of Righteousness ( Protects the heart ) No errow could hit them in their heart because of the breastplate that they wore. We are told to guard our heart . Don’t leave home with out the breast plate. 3…… The Shoes … vs 15 ….. Soldiers would wear sandals but they had spikes on the bottom for firm footing. When we have a firm footing in the Word of God …. Nothing can move us. Picture these shoes holding firmly planted on the ground. Solid …. Believe in Jesus because we are firmly grounded. We bring peace and good news of Jesus. Shoes are the Gospel of Faith. 4…Shield of Faith The shield was made of light wood covered in leather . This would extinguish the fiery darts from the attacks of the enemy. In this way we must put up our shield of faith to with stand satan’s fiery darts. 5….Helmet This protected the soldier and prevented the opponents swords from wounding. In the same way we need to put on the Helmet of Salvation because satan is after your heart and your mind. The helmet is the grace of God so that we know we are forgiven. Remind yourself every day that you are a child of God and by the renewal of your mind you will not believe satan’s lies. We need to protect ourselves.and advance in the army of God. We have a weapon “ the Sword “ the Word of God. The Word of God is what we use to push back satanic attacks. Remind yourself “ It is Written “. because satan too can quote scripture so we must know his lies and distortions. In this passage in Ephesians the word “ stand’ is mentioned. four times. Ephesians 6:10- The Armor of God 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.