-Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents-
This weekend was a Retro-television weekend at my house!!
I really enjoy introducing the old shows that I grew up watching on TV to my daughter, Allie.
I love it when she plops down at the foot of our bed and she gets all wrapped up in the blankets…and in these old TV shows!!
So this weekend we watched the first season of…’Wonder Woman!!’
I use to love me some Wonder Woman!!
And I was so excited, about getting the video home, because for me …it would be like watching the show for the very first time.
I was only 2 when the show came out in ’75… And the reruns only ran through the early 80’s, so I was only about 10 years old and couldn’t remember anything about the plot…but I remembered the ‘turnaround thing.’
As kids, whenever my brother Tony and I agreed to play superheroes…we would fight the evil trees (our enemy) in the backyard…and I would do the turnaround thing and transform into Wonder Woman and save the World!! Yay!!
And so…as Allie and I watched the first few episodes, she turned to me and asked, “Why do the villains give up so easily after Wonder Woman throws that rope over them?”
So I reminded her, that the rope was no ordinary rope, but it was the ‘Truth Lasso!’
Once it’s looped around the bad guys …they loose their ability to resist against the good guys …. and they can only confess the truth!!
So then we started talking about the rest of her costume…and as we sat there, we were able to identify the purpose for all of Wonder Woman’s special weapons on her outfit.
She wore a Golden Belt – from where her strength was generated
She wore the Feminine Bracelets – to deflect bullets
She wore a Golden Crown – which she could use like a boomerang
And again, she carried the Truth Lasso
So I thought Man!! …Wonder Woman was Fully Equipped!!
And then the Holy Spirit says, “You’re Fully Equipped too!”
“You have your special, Spiritual Weapons.”….
You’re dressed in the Whole Armor of God!!”
I thought, “That’s So Cool!!”
So…We Really are Like Wonder Woman, In Christ!!
Just Think about it for a moment…
When We finally stop resisting God and decide that We’re ready to start resisting the devil, We make our Confession of Faith. –
We confess that we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He came to earth and died for Our sins.
…Then, like Wonder Woman, we too can do the turnaround thing – We turn our backs on sin and accept Jesus Christ as our Personal Savior, asking Him to come and live on the inside of Us!
…When He comes in- As the Holy Spirit – He purifies our human spirit; Transforming Us into a New Spiritual Creature in Christ.
And Then…He fully equips us for Spiritual Warfare against our enemy!!
-Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God-
Now, after getting geared-up, before we run to the battle line, we have to know…Who is Our opponent??
According to Ephesians 6:12,
-For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.-
This is important because this verse tells us that our opponent is not of flesh and blood.
The devil is an evil spirit, and he desires to steal Our peace, kill Our hope and Our joy, and to destroy Our lives and Our families…and take Us to Hell with him!!
So we can’t come to the battlefront, ill-prepared, with physical weapons like our fists, or guns and knives.
We have to fight Spirit with Spirit!!
So God empowers us to resist the enemy, Spiritually dressed in His Armor – Standing there in His Power and Might!!
-Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place.
Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God-
So this week, we will talk more about the details of Our Spiritual Weapons and how Our Awesome God equips us with each essential piece of gear for Our Spiritual Battle against the devil and our flesh!!
So on Tuesday, We’ll talk about the purpose for our First Spiritual Weapon – The Belt of Truth-
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