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ARMOUR OF GOD
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A BATTLE
AGAINST THE FORCES OF EVIL. OUR
LORD JESUS CHRIST commands us to fight this battle under His
leadership. The warfare is unremitting, real and dangerous if we try to
fight in our own strength.
It can ONLY be fought
in the strength of GOD through FAITH in JESUS
CHRIST. We cannot stand before the onslaughts of evil on our own.
Satan, the devil, is a real
spiritual being and has large forces at his disposal. So we need SPIRITUAL
ARMOUR to protect us when we are attacked, and SPIRITUAL WEAPONS
with which to fight.
EPHESIANS 6 vv 18 - 20
confirms that we fight not against "flesh and blood", but
against spiritual enemies. And that GOD alone provides the protection
and the weapons we need for this war.
The ARMOUR OF GOD must
be put on before the battle - it may be too late once the fighting begins !
Therefore We Put On
"The Whole Armour
First Thing Each Morning On Waking
If you follow the simple but vital
procedure on the following pages, you will soon become conscious of how your
imaginative prayer quickens FAITH and brings real answers in times of
temptation and need. Many Christians testify to the effectiveness of the daily
application of the "ARMOUR
we thank our HEAVENLY FATHER for the new day and the opportunities HE
will give us to serve HIM.
Then We Put On
The Helmet Of
We Put On The Breastplate
not ours ! HE accounts our relationship with HIM as "PUT
RIGHT" through HIS gift of ETERNAL LIFE. However much
Satan may try to crush our FAITH by loading us with guilt - GOD
has accepted and accounted us righteous, and our sins are FORGIVEN !
Isaiah 1 v 18
We Put On The Girdle Of
Satan is the "father of
lies" and will Endeavour to pervert the WORD OF GOD which promises
that "THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS".
Romans 8 vv 1 - 4. THE TRUTH IS, SUPREMELY, JESUS CHRIST ! HE
said, "I AM THE TRUTH". And HE gives us the HOLY
SPIRIT who leads us into all truth.
We Put On The Equipment Of The Gospel Of Peace
We let the
buckle on our feet the equipment of the GOSPEL OF PEACE. This enables HIM
to lead us where HE wants into today's battle area. It protects us as we
are led past obstacles and pitfalls that Satan has created, and enables us to be
"CHRIST" to those our LORD sends us to help.
We Put On The Shield Of Faith
BY FAITH we take
GODíS promises as true ! We take the SHIELD OF FAITH in our left
hand to protect overall from the "fiery darts of the devil",
who will relentlessly attack and tempt us with fears, worries and depressions.
Our firm FAITH IN GOD (and not in our own abilities) will enable HIM
to protect us from those attacks.
We Put On The Sword Of The
Spirit Which Is The Word Of God
We take this SWORD (our
Bible) in our right hand. It is more powerful in spiritual warfare than any
weapon of Satan or man. It is to be wielded in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST,
cutting us free from all bondage to people and things, releasing us from the
past, freeing us for HIS SERVICE. This SWORD must be kept sharp by
constant and regular study of the SCRIPTURES. GODíS TRUTH IN THE BIBLE
must become part of our very selves. We must never neglect our study of the WORD
We have now put on the
ARMOUR OF GOD" and we complete our preparations by claiming A FRESH
INFILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITH ALL HIS FRUIT
WE PUT ON OVER OUR ARMOUR THE
instead of a faint spirit. Isaiah 61 v 3
AND WE KNEEL IN SPIRIT
at the foot of the cross, asking that we and our loved ones may be covered with
the "BLOOD OF THE LAMB".
AND WE SIGN
ourselves with the SIGN OF THE CROSS, for it is the only sign
under which we were born, and under which we now live.
We Are Now Ready For The
Lord's Work !
In the evening when we are ready for bed, and
just before we settle for sleep, we say this prayer:
"HEAVENLY FATHER, INTO YOUR HANDS I
COMMIT MY SPIRIT. AMEN"
We can sleep with certainty that the Lordís
peace and protection are over us during the night hours.
have a "quiet time" with the Lord in
the morning when they wake up. "THE WHOLE
ARMOUR OF GOD" is not a to be regarded as a substitute for
this time, but rather as an essential preliminary to it.
& The Old Roman
Catholic Church in England
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