The Armor of God
Letís Pray: Father we come in Jesus name and I thank you for this great ministry. I thank you for the spirit of Faith thatís here today. Lord I pray that you speak into the lives & hearts of the people that are present. There are people that are struggling for answers for issues in their lives and other who maybe considering throwing in the towel and quitting.
I just pray Lord that you do your work by your spirit today and give eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to comprehend. And above everything Jesus; I pray that you would be glorified. If you agree say Amen!
John 10: 10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
This is a very important passage and itís tells us a lot about the foundation of our biblical truths or things that we believe. First of all we have an adversary (enemy) and he is coming to do one of 3-things or all 3-things. Steal, Kill and Destroy.
Evil opposes God and His people. If you do not oppose evil with the spiritual forces of God, it will push you to defeat, despair, poverty, sickness and eventually death.
He will affect your relationships, your money, your attitude, your health, your marriage, and your kids to stop you from taking the kingdom of God by force. So you & I must maximize the intensity of the opposition with the spiritual force of God.
And the 1st force that I want to talk about is the force of faith.
1. We face this world with the force of Faith.
We have to walk by faith. We have to pray the prayer of faith. We have to speak the Word of faith. We have to be people of faith. Because of faith nothing will be impossible unto us. And the 1st thing that happens when you get under pressure is you start doubting, you start wondering, you start questioning and then you are not so sure.
And thatís the 1st trick of the devil. The scripture said that he attacks your faith.
Look in 2nd Corinthians 4: 13
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ďI believed and therefore I spoke,Ē we also believe and therefore speak.
Faith causes you to believe and speak. When you have the spirit of faith and when you are walking with the force of faith; what you believe and say is dependent on your faith. Not youíre feeling, but what you believe and speak. Your faith is a force that will change circumstances in your life. You got to believe and speak your faith.
If itís not coming out of your mouth then itís powerless. Death and life is in the power of your tongue. If thereís no faith coming out your mouth? How can you say; I believe Iím healed and whole in the name of Jesus and I rebuke pain and receive healing in the name of Jesus. My marriage is blessed, and my kids are blessed. Believe it and speak it. Use the force.
2. We face this world with the force of Discipline.
Oh you say now thatís not a very nice word. I know Iím sorry to have to bring this up on Sunday morning. But you cannot live this Christian life with a kaysara attitude. You got to face the world with discipline. Those that are discipline will rise to the top. Those that are not are doing something different. You got to face the world with the force of discipline.
Matthew 28: 18-19
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ďAll authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said go and make disciples, which means making a person whose discipline in their life to follow Christ. Lot of people gets born again but never becomes disciples. Our goal is to be like Jesus. If we will face this life with the force of discipline then we will overcome the attack of the enemy.
See if we donít do what the word say then we wonder why we donít get the blessing & the miracle, Iím telling you why? You got to face this world with the force of discipline. And if you donít have enough time in the Word of God, then you are going to be over run by the problems of this life.
3. We must face this world with the force of Courage.
Courage is not away of feeling itís away of thinking. Itís a choice to be courageous.
In Psalms 27: 11-14
Teach me Your way, O LORD,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!
The Bible is full of it. Our world has an enemy. When you choose to be of good courage then God can strengthen your heart. But when you allow fear & anxiety to run your life He cannot strengthen your heart. Donít miss out on what God can bring into your life. Choose to face this world with the force of Courage.
4. We face this world with the force of Sacrifice.
Sacrifice is a powerful force. Itís hard to stop one whose willing to sacrifice.
Letís turn to Romans 12:1
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Let me explain this verse, Iím sacrificing my life not to die for Christ, but to live for Christ. And since I have sacrifice my life, then my ego is out of the picture, my image is out of the picture, my flesh is out of the picture and my self is out of the picture.
As soon as you quit worrying about yourself and start living for Jesus, youíll find that you have no fear and you are a sacrifice and you only live for Him.
Who do you live for? You may say Brother Cliff, what about my schedule, I donít have any free time, what about my money, what about my want & needs. Sacrifice is a powerful force. Itís hard to stop one whose willing to sacrifice.
The last force that we must face this world with is the force of Prayer & Praise.
5. We must face this world with the force of Prayer & Praise.
In Ephesians 6:10, 11 & 13, 14 & 18
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
The armor of God is manifested in our prayer life. And so everyday we have to face this world with the force of Prayer & Praise. You donít have to be eloquent to say a good prayer. You donít have to be on key to be a good praiser. But you got to choose everyday to face this world with the force of prayer and praise.
Example: You might say Father today I want to give you praise, glory & honor. You are my God over my finances, you are my counselor and you are my source today. You got to find away to face this world with a force of prayer and praise.
When you think about your children, you should say thank you Father that Your hand is on my children and their steps are ordered of the Lord and no evil shall come against them. Any weapon formed against them I bind them right now in the name of Jesus. Look through your Bible, call a friend and pray together. Two or more together in agreement praying will make things happen.
Letís say this together: Iím taking it by force and Iím living this abundant life in the name of Jesus. Give the Lord a handclap would you!
I want to say this to everyone. Your friendship, support, and prayers mean so much to us & this ministry. May God continually bless you and those that you love.