HOW DO WE PUT ON THE ARMOUR OF GOD?
There are five major ways to put on the armor of God. There are quote directly from Pastor Chuck Smith's short book titled SPIRITUAL WARFARE (available online at: http://www.thewordfortoday.org/product_nav.html , click on "Other Materials", and then on "Books", then click on "Calvary Basics Series."] We will describe four of these and mention the fifth. Simply stated the five are Bible Reading, Meditation, Study, Memorization and Prayer. What follows is directly quoted from SPIRITUAL WARFARE. (I suggest obtaining the booklet for yourself for a more complete description on this vital subject).
"Reading is our first and most simple approach to the Scriptures.
Perhaps we begin in Genesis and go right through to Revelation. On
our way the Holy Spirit is slowly but surely reprogramming us and creating
in us a Christ-centered world view. By consistently reading through
the Scriptures we are being trained by the Holy Spirit to think spiritually.
The Lord is imparting to us the mind of Christ. I like to read my Bible
in the evenings before going off to sleep. It's a great way to end
the day. By reading at average speed for forty-five minutes to an hour
each evening, we can get through the entire Bible in less than a year.
Once you've finished, go back to Genesis and start over again. The
better we know the written Word, the better we'll know the Living Word;
the Lord Jesus Christ."
"Meditation is our next approach to the Scriptures. Meditation of course includes reading but goes much deeper than that. The word meditate means to ponder. It means to talk to oneself. That's what we're to do with the Word. We're to think about it. We're to talk to ourselves about it. We're to talk to the Lord about it. Meditating differs from reading because it takes more time and greater concentration. When meditating on a portion of Scripture, I'm praying over it and at the same time asking myself questions. To whom was this written? What does it say? How does it apply to me? What are some other Scriptures that relate to what's being said? When meditating, I usually have a pen and note pad handy in order to jot down anything the Lord might say to me during that time. Meditation for me is best early in the morning and from the New Testament. However, each of us have to find our own niche. So find the time that is best for you. The promise of blessing is to the one "whose delight is in the Law of the Lord, and in His law, he does meditate day and night" ((Psalm 1:2). Try to spend as much time as you can meditating on the Word. Make it a priority!"
"Studying the Bible is something that every Christian needs to learn to do. The difference between reading and meditating on the Word and studying the Word would be the use of certain study helps or tools. By tools I mean things like: concordances, Bible dictionaries, Bible handbooks, commentaries, etc. All of these can be very helpful in our understanding of the Scriptures. If for some reason these types of resources are not available to you, a good study Bible will do. Another way of fulfilling the need for Bible study is to sit under an anointed Bible teacher who teaches systematically through the Scriptures. [The expository Bible studies on this web page go systematically through whole sections of the New Testament, and is a prime example of sitting under such a teacher.] If you have this somewhat rare opportunity, I exhort you to thank God and take full advantage of it. In whatever way is best for you, make Bible study a regular part of your life and know that in doing so you're further equipping yourself with the armor of God."
"My final word in relation to putting on the whole armor of
God is Scripture memorization. Committing the Word of God to memory
is indeed a vital part of putting on the whole armor of God. In John's
first epistle, chapter 2 verse 14 he states that the strength of the
young men and their victory over the devil was the result of the Word
of God abiding in them. There's no better way to assure the Word of
God is abiding in you than by memorizing it. Start by reading over
and over again the Scriptures that speak most powerfully to you. If
need be, write them down on a piece of paper and read them several
times over each day until they become part of you. You'll find that
those particular verses will be powerful resources in your overall
arsenal of spiritual weapons."
"The Christian soldier now stands fully dressed for battle. However, he is still not ready to fight. He lacks two essential things to victory--skill and strength. Although a soldier may be equipped with the best of weapons, if he is without skill and strength, victory is uncertain at best. What physical fitness and mental preparedness are to those fighting in the natural realm, prayer is to the Christian soldier. Prayer is the final piece of the Christian soldier's armor. Prayer is the assurance that the Christian soldier is fit for the fight." [And with that I highly recommend Pastor Chuck Smith's EFFECTIVE PRAYER LIFE, available online at: http://www.thewordfortoday.org/product_nav.html , click on "Other Materials", then "Books", and then click on "Calvary Basics Series." Also visit my link titled "What Is Prayer?"]
This is recommended reading for Messianic Jewish and Sabbatarian Churches of God brethren prior to and during the Days of Unleavened Bread (starting at Passover). This book is all about putting spiritual “leaven”—sin—out of our lives. It shows just how evil sin really is, how devastating it is to our very lives.
“Go And Sin No More” book review
“Go and Sin No More is a masterful book on an unpopular subject. Speaking as one who has and is experiencing a revival of cleansing and deliverance, Michael Brown brings to the table a rich resource for all who seek a biblical view of sin and its absolute consequences to the believer’s soul.”
FRANK DAMAZIO Senior Pastor, City Bible Church, Portland, Oregon.
“Personal holiness is the key to God’s ultimate plans for us all. “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16 KJV) is a command, not a suggestion. Romans 8:29 clearly emphasizes this great truth: “For those God foreknew He also predestinated to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.” Conformed to His likeness! That is what God’s call to us to live holy lives is all about. It’s the central element of God’s wonderful plan for our lives.
How can we be holy? In ourselves, we cannot. We can only do so by the ministry of the Holy Spirit within us. [So if you try—all on your own--to apply this book to your life to break the chains of a sin or sins that are binding you, it will not help. You must be born-again, filled and indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God before this book will do you any good whatsoever. But if you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, this book is powerful. It is spiritual weaponry of immense power, it is a cutting torch which directs the Holy Spirit in your life, cutting those chains of repetitive sin that may be binding you.] That is why for 47 years Campus Crusade for Christ—now in 172 countries with a staff of 19,000 and 181,000 volunteers—has strongly emphasized the ministry of the Holy Spirit. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13, KJV). We cannot effectively do anything, even witness for Christ, without the enabling and power of the Holy Spirit…Go and Sin No More is a magnificent, comprehensive work on the important but oft-neglected subject of holiness. Dr. Michael L. Brown’s wonderful insights make this one of those rare life-changing books. Every Christian who reads it will be blessed and will never be the same. I believe it is God’s message for this hour.
[the late] DR. BILL BRIGHT
Founder [and former] President
Campus Crusade for Christ International”
A Few Excerpts…
“This book provides a massive spiritual assortment of ammunition we can use to wage war against the flesh, the devil, and the world.”
“There are three things sin will always do. It will keep you longer than you intended to stay, take you further than you intended to go, and cost you more than you intended to spend. Sin is treacherous!
And since we know we’re in a daily battle, let’s arm ourselves with all the ammunition we can to help us submit to God and say no to the flesh, the devil, and the world…” (pp. 60-61)
“Paul wrote that a little leaven leavens the whole lump (see 1 Cor. 5:6; Gal 5:9), and the Word tells us that one man’s sin—Achan in Joshua 7—caused thirty-six Israelites to die, since his transgression stopped the Lord from going out to battle with His people. There was an enemy in God’s own camp! Yet he sinned secretly, none of the leaders knew anything about it—meaning that our secret sins can have public consequences too. This is a deep spiritual matter, my friend.” (p. 65)
“…sin can render the anointing ineffective. It is literally poison to our whole spiritual system. There are tragic stories, stories that we know too well, of men and women who were mightily used by God until sin drained them dry. [and I might add, this is talking about repetitive sin, not the occasional slip-up which we confess and don’t keep repeating.]…Think of a godly woman mightily used to heal the sick. How much suffering is relieved through her ministry, how much torment lifted…But she gets caught up in greed, mishandling the ministry funds an lying to her constituents. Before you know it, the anointing is gone! For a while it appeared as if she could mess up and minister at the same time. But no, the pollution gradually drove the Holy Spirit away. Sin saps the anointing, be it the anointing to preach or teach, the anointing to heal or deliver, the anointing to counsel or lead—sin will steal it and leave nothing in return. Worst of all, by destroying the anointing on one person’s life, hundreds, thousands, even millions of others who could have been blessed through that vessel will have to turn elsewhere…you have a sacred duty not to squander that divine enabling. Many lives are dependent on your faithfulness. So don’t let sin put out the embers that burn in your heart; rather, fan them into flame (see 2 Tim. 1:6).” (p. 66)
“Why sin if you know that sooner or later you’re going to get caught? Why do something in secret that eventually will be known in public? Why defile yourself under the covering of darkness if your unclean act will eventually be brought to light?…You see, in God’s universe, nobody really “gets away” with anything. “The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them” (1 Tim. 5:24). One way or another, what we do will catch up with us, either in this world or in the world to come. “In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.” (1 Tim. 5:25)…Of course, if you truly repent and turn from your sins, the Lord will wipe them away, sometimes even softening the blow of the negative consequences of those wrongful acts.” (pp. 72-73)
“God shows us the traps in advance [through his Word]. Satan only shows us the bait.” (p.85)
GO and SIN NO MORE
A CALL TO HOLINESS
By Michael L. Brown
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