September 20, 2020 (Post #50)
(From Journal #5: April 1, 2006)
A few months ago You taught me about the significance of the order in which we put on the “armor of God.” Yesterday, You showed me something else in Ephesians 6:13-14: “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…
Standing while “having done all” means waiting in both an offensive and defensive posture. It’s in this “standing phase” where faith must keep us strong as we often fight fear and unbelief. Satan always tries to make us doubt during the seasons of standing because he knows we cannot please You without faith.
I must take up the armor. It requires action and choice on my part. It’s an offensive stand of attack by praying and speaking Your Word which is true, alive, active! Then I go on alert and defensively stand my ground in the Lord no matter how long the wait!
Truth = Belt
Righteousness = Breastplate
Peace = Feet
Faith = Shield
Salvation = Helmet
Word of God = Sword
Prayer/Alertness = Standing!
Ephesians 6:10-18: Finally, 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 prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Hebrews 11:6: 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.