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Battles were just as difficult. The enemy, satan, seemed to easily have his way with me. So I stopped dressing with this armor. What happened? I was so meticulous going through the armor in order, making sure that I did the motions for each piece as best I could. Were my motions not authentic enough? Did I not say it right? Did I not mean it from my heart? As I judged myself, I got no indication that I was doing something different than what the preacher was saying to do. It just wasn’t working. Fast forward . . . too many years of not having victory in this area, and here I was, getting beat up by the devil and the forces of darkness. During this much-too-long period, I was slowly learning the importance of the finality of God’s Word: The authority of the Word, and the power in the Word. The Holy Ghost was teaching me how to trust God on another level. Trusting God meant trusting His Word. I had grown enough to at least know that the Bible, all of it, is TRUE. So if I ever came to a passage that didn’t seem to work in my life, or didn’t seem to be true, I knew that the issue was with me and my revelation of it. The problem was not with the Word. The Word always works! My friend, just having this confidence in the Word brings a great deal of peace. Have you rested your entire being on the integrity of God’s Word? Back to the topic at hand, the armor of the Lord. In the quietness of each morning, I like to spend time with the Lord. This is where a lot prayer takes place, praise and thanksgiving, and meditation in the Word of God, and oh yes… coffee. It’s meditation of God’s Word that brings revelation. This is by no means a formula, but I like to start out in Psalms or Proverbs first, then read and meditate in the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation. During one of these mornings, it was time to take my place in Ephesians 6. The armor of the Lord. I usually have such a thirst and hunger for the Word, but I have to admit to you that this particular morning I was not excited to read this passage. I wasn’t excited because I remembered the past. I remembered putting on the armor and getting nowhere. Being honest with myself and with the Lord, I poured out my heart to Him. “Father, why isn’t this working in my life? I don’t get it. Would you please give me wisdom? Would you give me revelation regarding what you’re saying through Paul? I receive it in Jesus’ name! I believe I have it.” So I began to read slowly starting in verse 10, and continuing through verse 18. I read the whole passage again. And then again. Probably fifteen times. And then the Lord began to open my eyes to the wonderful truth. So many times we’re in such a hurry that we pass right over the goodness of God without even thinking about it. “Well, I got my Bible reading in, what now?” Slow down! Who cares if you spend forty-five minutes on two verses!? Did you get a word from God? Or did you just do your Bible reading? As simple as this may be, what the Lord began to show me was this. You can’t be protected with armor that doesn’t exist. Going through the motions of putting on armor is no more real than playing ‘air guitar.’ Just as the air guitar makes no noise, so putting on ‘air armor’ doesn’t protect you from the craftiness of the devil. All this amounts to is performing a ritual. It is superstitious is on the way to witchcraft. Here is another visual. It’s like someone making the sign of the cross over their chest before they do something important to bring them that extra blessing or luck. When you see a field goal kicker cross his heart before the 52 yard field goal attempt, do you say, “Oh it’s gonna be alright, because he crossed his heart?” No you don’t. You don’t put any faith in that action at all. It’s superstition. If going through the motions of putting on the Lord’s armor doesn’t work, what does? Here it is (drum roll please….) THE WORD WORKS! Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). The only way to please God is with our faith, so we need the Word. A Rhema Word from God comes from the Word of God. The more you meditate in the scriptures, the more you will get a Word from God. This Word from God gives you the faith you need to carry out the plan of God. In fact, you will carry out the plan of God with confidence. Confidence because you’ve gotten heaven’s solution.

Chaim October 2011  

CHAIM shows you how to hear God, get organized, get fit, help your children learn, and GET RESULTS! Come find out how God loves you in a da...

Chaim October 2011  

CHAIM shows you how to hear God, get organized, get fit, help your children learn, and GET RESULTS! Come find out how God loves you in a da...

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