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R1611 Our Armor

Encouraging Word / Don Wilton
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December 22, 2020 8:00 am

R1611 Our Armor

Encouraging Word / Don Wilton

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December 22, 2020 8:00 am

The Daily Encouraging Word with Dr. Don Wilton

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Today on The Encouraging Word with Dr. Don Wilton we talked about a message on our armor will dive into Ephesians chapter 6 in just a minute with no were here for you 24 seven. It 866-899-WORD that 866-899-WORD 9673 more GW online.org stand firm, then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist with the breastplate of righteousness in place and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all of this take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God by the Lord at this reading to all hearts today and bless us. Accordingly, and here in this passage.

It's an enormous passage is deep. I beg your pardon today because what I do is so insufficient. I invite you to study this. I want to present this to you today.

What the Lord is put into my heart. Very simply, as I'm going to give to each item of clothing so to speak.

Each thing that God tells us to put on to be closed in every day and I'm day to give you just to very simple consequences. What this does for you and for me in the reality of this world in which we live, some carefree, my friends, this is fantastic, and yet it's the greatest source of our greatest challenge because this is a daily habitation.

This requires self-discipline determination within our hearts and in our lives to meet with the Lord every day and to be dressed in close in the very mama that he's made available to us. He tells us when we do what he tells us to do that when the devil comes we going to be able to stand up straight going to be able to stand firm would gonna make it through to get to the other side we going to be in courage fortified in our hearts and in our lives. Listen fellow believers to what God has to say to us what must we put on number one. The built of truth, the belt of truth. That's what he tells us here in verse 14. Stand firm with the built of truth buckled around your waist. The belt of truth, the very content of that which is true, beautiful thing that God tells us to do the day we need to strap on that which will all clothing together. You don't put on a belt, something is going to come apart and buckle it up the belt of God's truth that the word they buckled means to be wrapped up in it fastened together one to the other, so that it cannot come apart, put it on every day. What is it do for us number one agreed. These us for the battlefield God's truth. Read these us for the battlefield.

It prepares us for what lies ahead God's truth number two it's stayed these us in the battlefield. Modern he readies us for the battlefield, but steadies us in the battlefield, symbolically speaking when we get up every day and we put on the belt of God's truth we getting ready to go out into our world but once we are out and we're in the battlefield it's stayed these us because it's foundation is a Christian person you are and I will find ourselves constantly going back to our solid foundation. It holds us up itself. Firm foundation. What must we put on number one the belt of truth number two. The breastplate of righteousness back in the time at which Paul was speaking, these people had a very clear understanding of this you and I've seen many pictures of Roman soldiers and others with this massive piece of armor that they would wear as they would into the battlefield breast plate of God's righteousness.

This here is not just simply the imputed righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. It speaks more definitively to who God is the righteousness of God encompasses the very heart and holiness of God. It's putting on God it's holding God to our hearts because essentially breastplate is designed to cover and to protect the heart. So what is the breastplate of God's righteousness.

Number one, it protects what is in the heart. It protects what is in the heart, and number two it protects what can infiltrate the heart. It protects what in the heart.

I've heard people make statements man I'll tell you that boy he grew up there and he was so faithful and he went over to that college any chain. What changed what got a hold of you.

What got a hold of her.

What happened hearts become infiltrated you and I every time we leave home sitting in that office. The devil is trying to infiltrate your heart Amy's daughter to heart you talking to someone I want you listening to gossip. You're paying too much attention to the news you call topping everything else you're not focused on Jesus Christ and him crucified God's word says. I tell you what to put on the bravest plate of God's righteousness.

And when you do God because he is righteous and he is holy, which is in your heart, and he will protect which endeavors to infiltrate your heart so put on the shoes of peace. You know I love this verse 15.

It's a very interesting verse Paul speaking to these Ephesian believers nieces and with your feet fitted with your feet fitted with the readiness that is accompanied by or brought to fruition by the gospel of peace fitted with the readiness.

One of the things Carolyn I have loved doing and I know many of you do.

We love to hike. I love to walk. I most days I see great brothers of mine. My brother Joel Sanders and many others that we often parse each other motor because you know Paulson we way even almost every day. I wish I could tell you every day but most days all go out and I'll walk walk for an hour and 1/2 hour walk 54 miles 5 miles 6 mile. I just does something for me clears my mind it gets cobwebs out and subdiscipline that's helping me, helping me to balance my health and my diet and how I feel and it just does something from you. By the way are recommended. Just move, just move.

Get up and move. And even during covert rules stock move.

There's nothing to stop you going out just walking but folks, the important thing about hiking is to put on the right shoes. I don't recommend you go walking in flip-flops.

When I lost went down to the beach.

Some weeks ago and I said do my ducting.

I said I'm going walking in the following because I just love the beach and out the door and all this when and how that way. By the time I got back I was walking like this and I didn't realize how old I was and I had forgotten because I used to be able to just go everywhere.

Barefoot and for about three days I could. I was doing this all over the place.

I become a real softy. I'm just telling you that it's just truthful. It's awful.

It's embarrassing. I have to put on shoes when I walk on the beach. Is that ridiculous incident is not even Christian. You know the problem that we have folks we not wearing shoes ready for the hike.

We just going out young walking all over the place and we giving no thought to the preparation of being properly sharpened the shoes look what he says the shoes of God's peace.

This is a God thing. Beautiful takes effort and thought and put on the right shoes before you walk out the door. What is it do for us.

Number one.

It enables maximum connectedness.

It enables maximum connectedness because it has God's trade on the underside. If you are correctly connected into the message of the cross of the gospel of God's peace. It gives you the right traction we believe is a slipsliding all over America right now we can't stand in one place because we got no solid footing. We don't have we not putting on God shoes, it gives us enables maximum connectedness and it enables sickly maximum readiness you put on God shoes you're ready to go anyway you not governed by the ground you walking on you, not governed by the person that comes and talks to you that's got an opinion that God doesn't mean what he says you got on the right shoes. You got traction you ready you can go anyway you can tackle a mountain path you can go downhill. You can go up to you can stand on stones and rocks and thorny thistles because you're undergirded with the gospel of God's peace number four put on the shield of faith, hold take hold that little word in verse 16 he says take up the shield of faith and we know this, all of us know this. We know this from our days in Sunday school. This shield of which he was talking with Johnny heavy Johnny heavy instrument was made out of steel and metal many times when we really wonder how any person had to be able to find the same time strength doesn't come from us. That's the work of this back with the rest of today's message on our armor with Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment that he wants me to remind you be here for you connecting right now ITW online.org hope you consider contacting us and getting the daily Encouraging Word Bible guide to resource that we have both in hard copy kind of approach.

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Call us at 866-899-WORD. That's 866899673 now back today's message with Dr. Don Wilton gives us the strength. It's not about talking about our take hold of the shield of faith does two things not wanted protect that which I believe in this faith of which Paul speaks is where we put our trust. I put my trust in God, America's greatest challenge today as we we say that in God we trust. We need to put our trust in God that see to the T and the focus of our faith. It's in God we trust.

Take the in God we trust.

This is our shield of faith and the one who trusts but secondly it neutralizes the shooter Bible says that Satan is firing arrows at us. They like flaming dogs and it neutralizes he can find everything you want, you got the shield of faith, not one of those darts is going to hit you in a fall to the wayside can deflect them away going to stop you from being wounded.

Stop you from being killed.

Perhaps stopped you from catching fire you know that Satan wants really wants to fire a flaming daughter to an and get you so worked up and so infuriated.

Have you ever seen a believer who gets infuriated just so renting the mad that's a loss thing God wants you to do you mean's with a flaming dart you've caught fire in the wrong way in the wrong way not in the spiritual way. We are awesome God to give us the boldness of our conviction that we are find out without conviction about God is not burned up by the fiery darts of the devil. We are all vulnerable right now.

And Satan knows our vulnerability is good.

So many instruments of these hand. Nothing else. Discomfort growing weary of covert getting mad because somebody else didn't wear a mosque getting upset over small things, with some ripe for that in America today with forming over one another.

We becoming consumer.

What does God say to us, take up the shield of faith. Number five, the helmet of salvation. Look at verse 17 with me take the helmet of salvation, you know, I look at that and and I think about this covering over the head and how important the haters just think about this.

All it takes is one shot to the head and you did one shot 1.why does the Lord give us such wonderful word you as we look at our world and in the midst of our struggle. This Obama put on the helmet of salvation number one because it removes out out it removes It keeps that which we know to be true fully intact within one of the greatest weapons of the devil is to close you and me to doubt God just, you know, that's his old as the Bible itself you know that God put two beautiful people in his garden and everything was magnificent in that old devil came Satan wanted you have that Apple over the to which they said not God said we can eat everything, but not that wanted the devil say, you need to get a life. It you telling me you know him. He's loving. He made everything behind one Apple and they did. We still live with that decision today put on the helmet of salvation removes out doubts and it reinforces our resolve. You know when your head is held together in the hands of God get to handwrite ways you hid what is something you thinking when it comes to God in the helmet of salvation holds kids to give keep steady. The greatest battalion commanders on the battlefields of the world.

All those who, in the midst of the greatest adversaries in the greatest challenges kept their heads. They remained the same under fire and great battles will one and finally he says right there in this verse, verse 17 take the sword of the Spirit take the sword of the Spirit word of God we didn't have to try and figure that out. As he tells us the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. I'm holding the sword of the Spirit when reading from the sword of the Spirit. People sometimes awesome what is preaching what is preaching Christian preaching. It's the power of God through the word of God via the man of God by the Spirit of God to the people of God has for preaching the power of God by the word of God through the man of God by the Spirit of God to the people of God and what Jesus is saying to us is your mom is not complete until you take up the sword of the Spirit.

This is the word we share the word we share, indeed, is the word and together that's the key.

Together we stand on it. I pray that you know you're not. We would love to be a part of your support system is Dr. Don would say, a 2 AM friend contact us anytime at 866-899-WORD for me this online@teonline.org that's TEW online.org before we get away our pastor achieve encourager Dr. Don Wilton has a closing thought. Are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why did you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that on the center and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today, I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my heart. In Jesus name, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting news.

Perhaps you prayed along with the pastor moments ago is Dr. Don was praying he said yes he would love to put some resources in your hands that will grow you into the next steps of being a woman of God, the man of God, you know you're going to be.

Please contact us at 866-899-9673 or lead us online@online.org that's TW online.org you like your friends and family members Christ this Christmas. Dr. Wilton wants to encourage every life here $30 encouraging a beautiful leather bound emotional interest, including Dr. Weldon. The last thing you read Scripture verses daily devotion and prayers.

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