The Armor of God: A Different Perspective

Recently a good friend of mine through revelation by the Spirit of God, gave me an interesting analogy about the body of Christ.

She said that we're going through puberty and, just like a teenager in puberty, we think that we are all grown-up, but we are not.

A few days later while looking for a scripture, the Holy Spirit took me to Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV):

"... Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For 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. Therefore 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."

I felt Him say to me "The body of Christ quotes this scripture alot."

Then He told me to go back and read Ephesians 6:5-9:

"Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him."

The Spirit then said to me that putting on the full armor of God is to fight against the spiritual forces of darkness, which includes our flesh, that tell or lead us not to believe God when he says to obey those in authority over us with respect and fear and with sincerity of heart, just as we would obey Jesus.

I felt Him say to me that we often use this scripture to fight against our earthly masters because we don't like them personally, because they make decisions that we don't like, things like that.

We disobey them even though God has placed them in authority over us.

He said to me that this is a pubescent persective. Teenagers in puberty don't like to obey anyone, because they think that they know it all.

Thank you, God, for my friend sharing this message with me!

Yahweh is faithful to complete the good work that He began in us in Christ until I grow into the fullness (maturity) that is Christ in us, the hope of glory.

Below are more scriptures that He wants me to share with the saints:

Romans 13:1-7

Galatians 5:13-15

1 Corinthians 13:1-12

Hebrews 5:7-10

Hebrews 13:17-18

1 Peter 2:13-25

"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain." (Philippians 2:12-16, NKJV)
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. New King James Versiom Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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Comment by Charles Wolff on July 5, 2010 at 1:43pm
Sorry, can't resist - yet another "different perspective" on this "armor of God" verse:

words & music by Charles Wolff

Once upon a time there was a fine young Christian;
I don't want to name any names
But one day the devil knocked on his door
And said, "Let's play a little game.
I'll deal you temptations, and every time you give in
You got to take off a piece of your spiritual armor;
We won't go calling it sin,

But we could play Strip Christian -
Let go, let yourself get carried away.
You think you're such a spiritual giant,
Shut up, sit down and let's play Strip Christian."

That very morning his boss came around
Saying, "Tell me 'bout the big account."
The kid was trying to make a good impression
So he fudged a few amounts.
Then he heard the devil laughing,
"Ah, you're such an impetuous youth
But you just gave in to my first temptation -
Hand over your belt of truth

'Cause we're playing Strip Christian -
Let go, let yourself get carried away.
You think you're such a spiritual giant,
Shut up, sit down and let's play Strip Christian."

He lost his coat of integrity
When keeping it would have cost him a sale.
Should have spent his break with the sword of the word
But he spent it at Bloomingdale's.
The devil saw his hat of salvation,
Said "You can keep that, for all I care
But you might as well give me those shoes of the gospel,
'Cause you ain't going nowhere

We're playing Strip Christian -
Let go, let yourself get carried away.
You think you're such a spiritual giant,
Shut up, sit down and let's play Strip Christian."

Then the young man saw he was naked
And the devil had won the game.
And when he heard God's voice in the garden,
He went and hid his face in shame.
Didn't take God long to find him,
He said, "Boy, now that you've been burned
Get your feet on the ground and next time around
I hope you will have learned not to play

Strip Christian -
Hang on and don't get carried away.
Don't try to pretend you're such a spiritual giant
You can afford to play Strip Christian."
Comment by Kim Black on July 5, 2010 at 8:37pm
Hi Charles,

Yes. That's another perspective. That's why we have to believe God's word when it says to "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)

The person in the song is still in puberty. I act like that sometimes. So does the entire body of Christ.
You can tell, because we don't submit (obey) God and want to go out and fight with the devil.

Actually, Jesus set the example. He submitted to his Father when He left heaven and came to earth. While on earth, He lived a life in submission to His father and the earthly authorities God placed over him on earth. Only by being in submission to God, could Jesus be the perfector of our faith.

Here's how the Message Bible states it at James 4:7-10: "So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet."
Comment by Kim Black on July 5, 2010 at 8:39pm
Forgot to say that by submitted to Abba Father, Christ defeated Satan. This is how we fight the good fight of faith in Christ!


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