The Armor of God Part 1

4/28/13
The Armor of God
Good morning. This is going to be an in-depth look into the meaning of the armor of God. This will be an 8 part (hopefully) study. I hope you enjoy it and that it blesses you. (I wrote one years ago but I cannot find the book that it was written in so I am doing an updated version.)
Ephesians 6:10-17 (but for today we will only be examining v.10).
“Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.”
What does it mean to be strong in the Lord? Well here the word strong (1743 in the lexicon) (Endunamoo) means to strengthen, to make strong, vigorous. To become strong, to become strengthened.)
So this is a process. But it is not ours alone! This strength refers to the recipient of such strength receiving it from outside of one’s own self. This strength comes from the Lord.
What does it mean, “in the strength of His might.”? The word strength (2904) (Kratos) here means power and dominion.
This means that we will be given power and dominion over something. But what? We will get into that in another lesson. (One step at a time so you can fully appreciate this passage of the Bible, and be able to properly apply it and use it.)
Might (2479) (Ischus) means strength, especially physical power as an endowment.
So now it becomes clearer! This being strong is not only a process but a gift from God!
Ephesians 6:10-17
“Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.”
To be strong in the Lord means to rely on His strength, not your own. Believe that He has dominion over whatever circumstances come your way. Remind yourself, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (NLT )” This is so very important to understand, He is able to do MORE than what we can even imagine. We put God in a box and think of Him finitely, when He is infinite. We take away His power in our lives by trying to reason our way through situations that we find ourselves in. God is able to do all things. We must learn to be strong IN HIM, NOT OURSELVES. When we can do that we can better grasp His power and strength in our lives.
Why do you think that Paul would start out this passage about spiritual armor? I think that he is trying to tell us that without this first step the armor would not be effective. We must understand that if we “put on” the armor of God but do not understand that it is God who gives us the strength to carry it then we are doomed to fail.
And in this failure will come a division between you and God. When we try to do what we think the bible tells us and things don’t go the way we think they should we start to doubt the validity of the bible. But in fact the problem is us. We read what we want to, we apply it the way we want to then when we fail instead of blaming ourselves we blame God, or others. But we don’t take the time to really inspect the word and read deeper into what He is trying to tell us. We want to go from the bottle to the meat in one step. But this is not the way of the Lord. He has steps for us to follow. You cannot build a house on a foundation that is not set or the whole house will fall down. We cannot expect to pick and choose what fits our situation at the moment and then apply what seems right. We have to look at the whole picture and then go step by step. This is the only way to be successful at knowing what the Lord is telling us.
Tomorrow we will be looking at V.11.
“Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

As always, I hope that you have been blessed by this study and come back tomorrow for part two of this study on the Armor of God. God bless you till we meet again!

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