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Monday, April 27, 2015

How To Take A Stand

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God..." (Ephesians 6: 10-17)

PARTS OF ARMOR NEEDED TO STAND

Truth
The gospel, and the entire system of Christian belief developed from it and embodied in the Holy Scriptures.

Righteousness
Conformity to the claims of a higher authority. The opposite of lawlessness. The state commanded by God and standing the test of His judgement.

Gospel of Peace
Proclaiming of the good news of the kingdom of God and salvation through Christ that brings deliverance and freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as a result of sin.

Faith
Embracing the gospel through obedience.

Salvation
Help, deliverance, victory from the guilt and punishment of sin.

Word of God
A spoken prophetic statement uttered by the living God as written in the Scriptures.

NOTE: Definitions are a composite of the original Greek and Hebrew definitions from Kohkenberger's Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek dictionaries.

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