Jul 19 2008

The Full Armor of God

Published by at 6:25 pm under Spiritual

I was lying in bed praying this morning when the LORD began to minister to me on the TABERNACLES meaning of the armor of God. It is very simple as His teachings generally are and amounts to JESUS rising up in us completely (Ephesians 4:13) that it would be no longer we who live but Christ within us.(Galatians 2:20)

We read in Ephesians:

“And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church].

“Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all and all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself].” Ephesians 1: 22,23 Amplified

Yes indeed our LORD is filling everything everywhere with Himself through His Christed Body. Thus we see this armor in a whole new light. In our earlier years we tended to see these elements as something outside of ourselves or at least as a part of ourSELVES. ..eg. Truth, Righteousness, Faith, and so forth.

Paul taught us to put on these seven pieces of armor which comprise the “FULL ARMOR.” We do this that we “may be able to successfully stand up against [all] the strategies and deceits of the devil.” Yes, we still have him to contend with especially in those sneaky, subtle ways that the beloved Apostle addresses…and in these perilous and glorious times!

We are to have “loins girt about with truth.” Who is the Truth? JESUS said that He was. So we clothe ourselves in Him or rather focus our awareness on His indwelling Spirit – the trembling, vibrating Presence within us that we can all surely discern!! The full measure of CHRIST.Secondly we put on the breastplate of righteousness – HIS righteousness (not ours!) Within us! We aim for death to our SELVES.

Thirdly we shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Who is the Prince of PEACE? JESUS again!! Hallelujah!

Fourthly we take the shield of faith ~ not our faith, brothers and sisters, but HIS FAITH – the very substance of FAITH within us. JESUS!

Fifthly we take the helmet of salvation. In previous days we would associate this with salvation by grace under His shed Blood (and it still is), but we now move into a FULL, COMPLETE SALVATION – yea even Union with God and His Christ. (Please see the teaching on “Union with God” in the April archives.)

Sixthly, we take the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, and now in Tabernacles we BECOME the LIVING WORD! How beautiful!!

And finally Paul tells us to pray without ceasing on every occasion, in every season in the Spirit. We pray only as the LORD prays through us using either our prayer language or praying BY the Spirit or prophetically as His prayers flow through us. If we do not get a Word, do not KNOW how to pray, we simply ask that the LORD’S will be done in that situation.

The full armor of God is ALL about JESUS within us, is it not? I felt this was a lovely, fresh new look at Ephesians sixth chapter, and I pray that it blesses you as much as it has blessed me – shed light abroad in my heart. Amen.

 

 

 

 

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