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Daily Devotional – November 30

PARTIAL ARMOR (Part 2 of 8 )

Ephesians 6:13-17 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

I blush to mention it, but the quickest way to take a man out of the fight is, well…we will use the biblical term…a strike to the “loins.” The battle is over before its begun if such blow is landed. So deadly is this tactic that the first casualty in the battle for the soul was to the loin of mankind unprotected by truth. (Genesis 3)

God is true so it makes sense that the best weapon in the enemy’s arsonal is falsehood.

Since our salvation is based on faith (Stick around for part 5 of 8 )–BELIEVING in what God says, failure to “girt” one’s “loins” with truth is certain death.

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November 30, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

4 Comments »

  1. These partial armor devotionals are some of my favorites so far. And you can find this all over the place in Proverbs- which you may by now know is perhaps my favorite book- although I have so far to go I dont know if I can say I have a favorite book- but I find it incredible how each of its lessons are so brief yet so profound. Here are two I came across today that really hit me:

    Proverbs 10:29 – The Lord is a stronghold to him who walks honestly, but to evildoers, their downfall.

    11:3 – The honesty of the upright guides them; the faithless are ruined by their duplicity.

    A life lesson for the day- couldn’t be any more straightforward. And its just two sentences. Incredible.

    Comment by chickenhawk | November 30, 2006 | Reply

  2. I have never recognized as clearly as I do now that “putting on the whole armour of God” is for our protection against the battle (attack) that will surely come. It has nothing to do with us fighting for God or our faith or any other such nonsense. It is God’s provision to keep us (weak Christians) safe during the battle, during the attack “from the devil,” “from the wicked,” and from within our own flesh. Although Christians should live peacably as much as we are able, we will be attacked from without and within. Our only protection is “God’s whole armour.” If we are armed only in part, the enemy (who is both intelligent and full of guile) will strike at the weakest point. Satan and evil men are not stupid.

    Comment by helenl | November 30, 2006 | Reply

  3. Hi CH!

    Before long we will be looking forward to the CH Daily Devotional!

    Helen, you’re absolutely right. It is interesting that in this passage it does mention a sword (we will get to this), but a sword with “unique purpose and properties”. The rest of it is all defensive!

    Also, the verse before this passage (12) supports exactly what you say:

    “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].”

    God bless,

    j

    Comment by bereans | November 30, 2006 | Reply

  4. What is truth? Jesus said in John 17:17

    Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
    The truth of God’s Word is our defense against the lies and falsehoods of the enemy. However, the Word of God is also an offensive weapon as seen in Ephesians 6:17(sword of the spirit)and as demonstrated by Jesus in his temptation in the wilderness in Matthew 4.

    Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
    Mat 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
    Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
    Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
    Mat 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
    Mat 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
    Mat 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
    Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
    Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
    Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
    Mat 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

    I love the way Jesus comes back at the devil with the Word of God. The Scriptures He quoted were from Deuteronomy 8 and 6. We can still be overcomers through His Word today!

    Blessings,

    Carol

    Comment by writeathome | December 1, 2006 | Reply


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