The Bible teaches us to, “Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14). With every step we take, we understand the preparation needed to resist our adversary – the devil.
The good news is that the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the sandals of the gospel of peace, were handed over to us the moment we were born again. The only requirement is to wear them at all times. “Having put on the breastplate of righteousness”, means that we don’t try to become righteous in order to please God. The TRUTH is that we already have Christ’s righteousness, therefore we are fully pleasing to God. This is extremely important to understand; I hope this truth is crystal clear to us all. The Bible teaches us that, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). In other words, there is nothing that Satan can do about your righteousness. It is a done deal. Paul writes, “But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the LORD.” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31). This is the GOSPEL of GRACE and PEACE that Christians should know and passionately preach it.
The only thing the devil can do is to lie to us regarding our righteousness. The lie could be:
-Look at you dirty, weak, and compromised sinner. Ha, ha! And you call yourself a Christian!
If we buy into his lies, we are deceived. As a result, we try to perform for our right standing with God in our flesh. This is a futile action because we are already righteous. This leads to self-righteousness, which is not righteousness at all.
Paul tells us to stand firm therefore, ‘having girded your loins with truth.” It is one thing to help my toddler put on his belt; it is a totally different situation if my eighteen-year-old son asks me to put on his belt. The same is true in the spiritual arena. The main reason Christians don’t stand for the truth is that they don’t know the truth. Many young believers don’t have a powerful stance on the truth when they leave home and go to college. Why? Because they did not study the Bible for their own growth. Since their youth pastor or parents are not there to help them defend the truth, they give up on faith. If you want to be able to stand firm against the opposition, you have to know your Bible. You have to be properly discipled. You have to have your own experiences with the Word of God.
“Having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace”, implies that we are ready to share the gospel of Christ. Just imagine that you discovered the best cure for the worst disease in the world and you kept it a secret. How does that sound? Pretty bad, doesn’t it? Well, as Christians, we have the best cure – the Gospel, for the worst sickness of all time – sin. When we don’t share the gospel, in reality, we settle in our minds that it is OK for these people to go the Hell.
Using the same analogy I used in regards to the belt of truth. It is one thing if I help my toddler put on her sandals but if at eighteen and in perfect health, she still asks me to tie her shoelaces, it is not good. The same is true in the spiritual territory. We have the pieces of God’s armor; we have to know them, we have to train in godliness, we have to wear them, and we have to properly use them.
That is why Paul admonishes us to stand firm, having girded your loins with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Wear these elements all the time and you will experience many victories.
5. Shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation,
I. Taking up the shield of faith
In his travels on Roman roads, Paul saw many soldiers. When he was in prison, he was guarded by Roman soldiers. We can imagine that he got very acquainted with their armor. Using their armor as a teaching illustration, Paul continues his instructions about the armor of God. He introduces new pieces required in battle. The next four elements are very important, especially when we are in offensive mode against the enemy. This should inspire us to be proactive fighters for the Kingdom of God. A Christian in a continuous defensive mode is incompatible with the New Testament’s teaching. Christ’s Himself declares, “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock, (the Christ, the Son of the living God), I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Mathews 16:18).
To continue reading click in the link...
With love in Christ,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
PS.: Thank you for your continuous prayers and financial support!
“The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.” (Gal. 6:6).
If you are looking for personal spiritual life coaching sessions or if you desire to have a personalized mentorship plan designed for your spiritual growth please contact me immediately!
The Holy Spirit works awesomely!
The Holy Spirit is the best guide; we just need to be attuned to the still small voice of God (1 Kings 19:12). When we connect with God at this level, He is using us in special ways. In this teaching letter, I will share another powerful experience that happened while my wife and I were in Mexico at the beginning of 2018.
After I gave the “Therefore” speech to the Spanish church on Friday, I was invited to speak again on Sunday. For details about, “Therefore” please visit www.urfm.org. Immediately after, the phrase “Put On” from Ephesians resonated in my heart. I picked up the New Testament and looked for all the main verses where Paul exhorts us using these words. I wrote down the references and connected them with other occurrences in Paul’s letters.
Let me share the thoughts the Holy Spirit gave me from the Scripture.
Last month I shared these three points.
(1) Put on the new self,
(2) Put on the new heart,
(3) Put on Love,
This month we will go over the rest of the items on the list.
(4) Put on the full armor of God,
(5) Put on the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation,
(6) Take up the sword of the Spirit, and pray in the Spirit,
(7) Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
(4) Put on the full armor of God,
Now we are entering into a different territory - spiritual warfare. It requires us to put on the full armor of God. It does not matter if you believe it or not, the reality is that we are in a spiritual war, otherwise what Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:10-18 would serve no purpose for the Church. If you have been a Christian for a while you have experienced some sort of spiritual resistance. Maybe you could not put your finger on what was going on but every once in a while you felt some degree of opposition when you wanted to make spiritual progress. Depending on everyone’s situation, it is possible that you may have experienced episodes when you felt that hell broke loose. That opposition comes from the devil and his forces. He hates Jesus and fights against us becoming intimate with our Lord.
If we carefully read Ephesians 6:10-18, we should notice that some of the verbs used by Paul in the context of the spiritual warfare are past tense, some are present tense and some of them are future tense. In almost all the verses we can see that future victories are directly related to the past or present actions.
Once we accepted Christ in our lives, many of us expected life would go smoothly. Not so. Why is that? As soon as we were rescued “from the domain of darkness, and [God] transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son”, we made Satan our personal enemy. Yes, he is a defeated foe (Colossians 2:15), but don’t be fooled into believing that Satan cannot deceive you just because you are a Christian. On the contrary, because we are Christians, Satan works the hardest to:
-Lie to us (John 8:44)
-Steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10)
-Devour us (1 Peter 5:7)
-Tempt us (1 Corinthians 7:5)
-Deceive us (2 Corinthians 2:13)
-Place various snares on our path (2 Timothy 2:24-16)
-Design various schemes against us (Ephesians 6:11)
-Continually accuse us (Revelation 12:9).
Let’s ask ourselves: if there was no spiritual warfare for Christians, ‘Why the New Testament contains all these alerts?’ The answer is simple: we have a personal adversary and we are in a spiritual war.
The Bible tells us so plainly that, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). In order to be prepared for this kind of warfare Paul instructs us to, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11). Paul writes to the Church in Rome, “The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12). In other words, it is up to us to put on the full armor of God.
Have you ever tried to put on a three-piece suit, socks, shoes, belt, and tie, all at once? It doesn’t work, does it? So we have to put on each piece one at the time. It is the same with the full armor of God. It is up to us to access the pieces of God’s armor and, one by one, put them on.
Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth
Having put on the breastplate of righteousness
Having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace
Spiritual Life Coaching and Discipleship Training for Healing of the Wounded Heart and Restoration of the Broken Soul by Experiencing Christ through the Power of the Holy Spirit
Dear Prospective Advanced Discipleship Training (ADT) Students,
The aspect of believer’s identity is just as important in the life of a Christian as the issue of spiritual victory. Knowing who we are in Christ is tremendously important in the life and walk with God of any disciple. The spiritual identity of the believer is particularly important because throughout the church history Christians have understood that they are just ‘sinners saved by grace’ who have developed their personal image in the same way as the world. But we must recognize that the believer's self-image must be based on a very solid biblical foundation. If not, Satan will tempt the believer in this crucial area.
My deepest desire and fervent prayer is that every child of God will know by spiritual revelation WHO he or she is in Christ. (See Ephesians 1:15-23).
Come in! Enroll! Partake in this amazing and life-transforming discipleship platform. Welcome aboard! I am looking forward to ministering to you! God bless your decision!
With love in Christ,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach
Put on the full armor of God
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
Dear Partners in Ministry,
Wow! The New Year is here... As we are conveying in our monthly Newsletters we want to thank you wholeheartedly for your prayers and financial support during 2017! May God bless you abundantly! Praise God for His provisions in your own life as well as ours.
Upper Room Fellowship Ministry (URFM) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. URFM is fully supported by friends of the ministry like you. You may also know that since 2004, I work full-time for URFM.
Please let us know about your intentions to support us in 2018 by completing the Pledge Card (see link) and mailing it back to us.
Click here to open the PLEDGE CARD:
If you prefer to donate online please click HERE:
While in PayPal portal please click in the box to <Make this a monthly donation>)
God willing, URFM’s major projects in 2018 will be:
Thank you for partnering with us! We are honored to be co-laborers with you in extending the Kingdom of God and fulfilling the Great Commission. We consider this a unique privilege and a special honor before our Great King. For all things we want to give God the glory! We thank you in advance for all your prayers and financial support to URFM during 2018.
With much appreciation and deep respect,
Spiritual Mentor / Life Coach