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The Armor Of God!

 

Put all the full armor of God so that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

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Have you ever heard this scripture and wonder what it truly meant and how you can apply it in your daily life? I have, actually the first time I ever heard the scripture was last year when my daughter attended vocational bible school during the summer. The whole summer session was focused on this unique scripture, helping not only the children but parents like me as well.

What stood out most to me was true principles from the word of God to help me fight the devils in my own life. There are 6 pieces of armor the bible tells us to put on everyday to guide us into our destiny.  Each piece not only supports our destiny yet protect every aspect of our life the enemy tries to attack.

The enemy is known as the devil himself. The bible tells us; Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) We are apprehensive because of this scripture; the devil is very sneaky he tries to stop us from reaching our destiny.  He does this with confusion, and temptations placed in our way to  distract us from our true path.

Distractions come in many different manners. We can experience them from peers, family  and forms of technology.   Being distracted takes us off our focus and  destiny path.  The armor place by  god  for us is geared to help us experience life abundantly. No matter what comes our way we can use the armor of god to protect and influence our life.

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The armor consist of six weapons that will help safeguard your destiny walk. Lets identify these weapons together.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Belt Of Truth  is the first piece of armor mention in the bible without truth, we are lost, and the schemes of the devil will surely overpower us.  Use the belt of truth when you are tempted to go against what you know is true.   The truth will always set you free because it gives you the way to the father. Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), and it is only through Him that we come to God.

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2. The breastplate of righteousness covers our most vital part; our heart. The bible tells us,   above all else, guard your heart,  for everything you do flows from it (Proverbs 4:23. ) For example, when we love freely from our heart we experience the best times in  our life. Conversely when we experience heartache our decisions are affect by the pain we  feel. For our heart is the essence of who we  are. It is our authentic self—the core of our  being. It is where all our dreams,  desires, and our passions live. It is that part of us  that connects with God and other people. Now I understand why we must guard our hearts above all else.

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3. Footwear of the readiness of the gospel gives us the ability to move and make decision based on who we are in Christ. The bible tells us,  faith without works is dead (James 2:17. )Because we know the good news of Christ we  can experience peace in Him that allows us to move closer towards our destiny. Yet, knowing our destiny is a step by step process we put on our shoes everyday to experience the day ahead.  In the same instance  we must also remember to put on the shoes of peace knowing that Christ has  already defeated the world on our behalf.

 

blog photo 64.  The shield of faith is used to “extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16) Faith is defined as the  the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)  With regards, when we  are hoping for something from god its very important that we act by faith because without it, its  impossible to please God. Acting by faith requires us to be vulnerable during the process. The process can be difficult at times because we  wont  always have  support from others but we know if we continue to walk by faith god will supply all our needs.

“If God said it, I believe it and that settles it!”

 

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5.  The Helmet Of Salvation  covers another prime asset on the body of the believer, the head.  The purpose of the helmet is to protect the head from injury, particularly from the warfare we  experience on day to day basis.  The fact that the helmet is related to salvation indicates that Satan’s blows are directed at the believer’s security and assurance in Christ. The helmet of salvation is that great hope of final salvation that gives us confidence and assurance that our present struggle with Satan will not last forever.

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6. The Sword of the Spirit  is the last piece of armor mention which is the word of God. The bible tells us, your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)  The word will guide your life into spirit and truth. Allowing you to defeat the evil one, every time. Especially in those times when your mind fights against the word of god you must replace those thoughts with the word to assure you are not lead astray.

 

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The armor of god is  truth, plain and simple. We can have perfect confidence in the fact that His words are accurate, true and unerring. When followed, they guide us without fail in the paths that we need to walk.

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5 Steps To Live Authentically.

Have you ever felt like your life was passing you by and you had no idea where it was moving too? Don’t worry, Ive been there too. Many sleepless nights , watery eyes and you still  tell yourself you are, OK. Yet,  you can’t seem to shake the reality that you are not.

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After years of circles. I finally, looked in the mirror and got real with myself.  See, I  was use to going  to the mall and buying a nice outfit to cover up my shame. I would take  a selfie, right after I got ready,  and off   to  the club I went. Oh yeah,  and I  post my pic on social media too. Just to see all the likes and comments. Lets be real, some of y’all still do that now.

After the night had ended,I would look into the mirror and still be stuck with the real me all over again. The one,  who was damaged as a kid. The one,  who was talked about everyday during school hours by her peers. Yes, deep down  inside that little girl was still there begging for a voice.

She wanted to know,  that I remembered her.  As, I glance in the mirror I spoke  “I don’t believe, I’m  beautiful.”    Wow!  Where did that come from? It came from a place within, I had given my 5 year old self a voice to express the pain,  I felt from a childhood memory. Once I released that,  I was free.

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No more, spending money on unnecessary clothes to validate the pain I felt inside.  No more dating men that never respected me. All because,  I didn’t no my own worth.  No more, settling for less than what God created me to be!

No more, doing for others with the expectation they would do the same for me. No more, sugar coating  my thoughts to please others. No more, lying around waiting for the right opportunity.  Its time, I  create the opportunity.

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Step 1.  Look in the mirror and speak from within. 

Allow yourself to be vulnerable.  Vulnerability  requires you to trust yourself. If you can’t be vulnerable with yourself,  you will not trust anyone with your heart. Trust and vulnerability goes hand and hand.

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Step 2. Pray the Serenity prayer.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Amen.

Step 3: Begin to forgive everyone who has every hurt you.

When you forgive someone,  you don’t have to go to the person and tell them you forgive them. Just simply release the person in your mind and heart.  Don’t  allow yourself to be hurt by what they did anymore. Once you  forgive them, you will no longer feel bad or sad about what  they did.  Now,  God can begin to forgive you.  (Matthew 6:12) You are now truly free.
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Step 4:  Write a vision for your life. (Proverbs 29:18)

Where there is no vision, the people perish. In this scripture , its evident that we must be strategic about our life. Life was not design for us to just sit around and let it pass us by. We all have a purpose we were created for. Look within yourself, to understand what your purpose is and then  began to work everyday to make it a reality. God will give you provision, if you ask him.
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Step 5: Invest in Yourself!

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