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Day #45: Armour of God
“The Honour, that comes from God”
For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba Father! The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God. (Romans 8:15-16 AMPC)
The Spirit of God does not lead you unto Bondage, Slavery, or Fear; but unto Freedom, Peace, and Love. This then is an underlying purpose of the Spirit of God: to lead you in your identity in the Lord (‘producing sonship’) leading you unto identity in your adoption as a child of the Most High and a deeper, and greater revelation of what that truly means. This is the first and lasting step: being stirred in soul where you are so readily able to cry out “Abba Father”, “dearest Lord”, “sweetest Jesus”, “precious God”; falling on your knees in worship. Here within the cry of your soul, the Spirit is bearing Witness with your spirit that you are a child of God. He bearing Testimony deep in your soul, of your sonship in Him. To this, you would call a deep and healthy relationship.
Armour: in the reading of the book of Psalms it is found that coming to God in this ‘identity’ that the Lord goes against the Foe, the Avenger, and the Enemy on your behalf. Jesus speaks of it as “become as a little child”, even so much as stating that you cannot “enter the Kingdom of God” without this humbling of heart (Matt. 18:3-5, 19:14). This is how king David sought the Lord, in the same tender, most supple and deepest yearning of heart. The prayer of the secret place of his soul was always, “Lord grant me that I might abide in your Courts all the moments of my life” (Ps. 27:4). David’s life was one of a warrior, and the sum of his life was totally successful. Therefore, if you too, truly wish to be successful in spiritual warfare then you need to come and adopt the same heart of integrity and the same heart of longing for the Person of God.
King David, journaling his heart conversations in the Lord, recorded in the Psalms … “when You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek”“ (Ps. 27:8). David’s own heart leapt at the invitation of God to seek His Face. The truth is that this same invitation has been extended to you. So, if you wish to be effectively ‘armed’ of Heaven then learn to seek the Lord. Seeking continually the “Honour” and “Testimony” that comes from the Father (John 5), ie; seek the Face of God.
Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. (Heb. 10:38-39/11:1-2)
A person who comes to the Lord, like David: in this manner, in this attitude, in this integrity; it is he of whom the God of Heaven and earth has “pleasure” in. In the steps and strides to try to move forward in the Lord, the Father finds “pleasure in you”, and it is He who begins to go out before you and becomes your rear guard. Just like the ‘father’ of our Faith, Abraham: the same Word of God will flood your spirit and declare openly to you, “I am your Shield and your exceedingly Great Reward” (Gen. 15:1).
You will find that it is the Father of whom begins to bear Testimony and go out before you against the Foe on your behalf, and it is He who securely comes in behind you and guards you. When you speak He rides on your words and is moved by your prayers. And just as the forefathers of our Faith, everywhere your feet tread becomes the property of the Most High God, and the Spirit of God remains at work even long after you are gone, for the generations to come. It is one thing calling yourself a believer and it is another thing when you have the Witness of the Holy Ghost that actively “Testifies” of this on your behalf. This is found in your hunger for the Person of God and for the Word that proceeds from His mouth.
A genuine hunger: do you realise that one of the only conversation between Jesus and Satan recorded in Scripture, was this very subject. That there is something much more important and valuable than money, clothes, food and water, and that is the “Word that proceeds from the mouth of God” and abiding in the continual living experience of it. But it is more than words, it is the open flow between a believer and the Father. It is the continual transference from God unto a man or a woman, even the perpetual move of angels ascending and descending on a child of God (John 1:51). Jesus who was already filled with the Holy Spirit, and He Himself who was “the Word made flesh”, but here we have the Spirit drawing Him to put aside food and prayerfully seek this “Word” that proceeds from (Creator) God. Baptised and having the Spirit openly descend upon Him, the same Spirit still caused Jesus to go wait in the “Upper Room” without food and seek the Face of God for 40 days. Jesus Himself, by living example, demonstrates how to be powerfully dressed and remain full in the Armour of God. Just as Christ Jesus our Lord, come and gain a deepening hunger and seek the Presence of God … that is, gain hunger even for the Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Armour of God: our Heavenly Father states clearly that “you are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High” (Ps. 82:6). The spirit of Religion and Ignorance despises this powerful Scripture spoken through David, he who was both a prophet and a king. When a person first reflects on this Scripture it may be difficult to reconcile, however let us come into right understanding. What you find consistent throughout the Word of God is this truth that you are ‘gods’, ie; nothing will be successful that attempts to come against you (Mark 16:18, Ps. 91:9-16, Gen. 12:3, Deut. 28:7), you will be invulnerable, protected and guarded by Almighty God (Armour). But the key is alignment in Christ Jesus, walking in step with the Spirit, and setting yourself under He who is the Head of the Church. Now the Spirit of God will not only protect you, but you will be given boldness to be able to step out armed in the Resurrection Power of God, not alone but with the Host of Heaven alongside you. Therefore, in this, I deeply encourage you to take time, in the Lord, to get suited out in the Armour of God; and for your Armour to be with you and comfortable to wear at all times, even in your sleep.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. (Psalm 91:9-16 NIV)
Closest of Relationship: God is Love, He is not religion. God is Love, He is not rules or law. God is Love, so therefore, in order to walk in the full Armour and Might of the Lord, even to trample on the Great Serpent, then you must come to Him in love and faith, ie; in the intimate and closest of relationships. It is the only way. Learn to cleave yourself to the Lord in the secret, truest, and deepest place of your soul. Is there anything about you that desires more of God, more of His Hand upon your life, a greater Anointing, a deeper experience, an increased gifting, more fruit, and greater success? Then the answer is in your relationship in the Lord; relationship that is rooted in love and faith. For faith without love is meaningless!
Love for God is not zeal or passion but is patient, kind, it never stops believing, never stops hoping, and NEVER gives up (1 Cor. 13)! One who does not love does not know God at all, and has no Witness of Heaven upon his life!
Without relationship in the Lord, how can you have the full Armour of God? Yes, the Name of Jesus is all powerful, so use it. Yes, the Blood is all powerful, nothing can come against the precious Blood of the Lord, so stand firmly under its covering. Nothing can stand up against the Sword of the Spirit so hold it firmly in your hands, not forgetting it somewhere behind the TV. And nothing can withstand the Word of God in your heart and in your mouth: so speak it, declare it, and most importantly: possess it! But without a loving close relationship in the Lord where are you, where is your soul? What spirit are you of? What is your true identity? And where then is your Armour? Is it of your own mental prowess or in your great physical strength and knowledge? And where is your recharging point?
41 I do not receive honor from men. 44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? (John 5:41,44 NKJV)
As Jesus walked the earth there was no corruption in Him; for He did not “receive” or “seek” the honour, the praise, or the testimony of man. In order to walk in the things of the Spirit, one needs to truly abide in the mindset of the Spirit, and not under any other mindsets or influences. To be able to walk freely in the Power, Authority, and the Glory of the Lord, there cannot be any corruption in you or the Enemy will come at you in this same area. This is a definition of the Armour of God: that Satan “has nothing in you”. And to this God calls it ‘holiness’, and with holiness you will see the Lord (Heb. 12:14). But this holiness that God seeks is by no means achieved in your own strength and understanding, or in the locking yourself away. No, but as you live your daily life in earnest, even in a culture of prayer and fasting, welcoming and preparing place for the Lord of Glory in the secret place … being sanctified by both the written Word (John 17:17, Eph. 5:26) and the Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4).
Right in front of hardship, even right in front of the Great Enemy (in whatever form he takes), you can either bow to fear or choose to whistle a tune and praise the precious Name of Jesus. Which do you think has the Power of God in it?
Jesus received no honour from man, and He plainly did not seek it. Jesus only sought after “Honour that comes from the only God”. This is the true and right path, for it is the seeking of approval or honour of man that is as an open hole in your Armour, a hole that the Enemy can easily strike, or manipulate you; having then “something in you”. For us to become strong in the Spirit of God, totally successful in spiritual warfare and able to hear the Voice of God and see His form; we all need to learn not to seek or receive the honour or the praises of man, but instead clearly and openly recognise that Jesus alone is the Answer. He alone is the Seed to be planted in the soul of man (not mixed seed), so therefore, lift Him up so that all may come to Him and find healing for their body and soul (John 3:14-15).
Even a Grandma can be THE mighty warrior of the local church. The Power of God is not in you at all, but in He of whom you are known. Let us not be feeble, but ones able to move the Hand of God.
The Honour that comes from the only God: the Lord will give you abundant revelation, but this is not the answer, Jesus alone is the Answer. The Lord will Anoint you, and continually open your eyes and ears, but they are not the answer, Jesus alone is the Answer. You will lay your hands on the sick and they will get well, you will speak and the Hand of God moves in the congregations, but you know and proclaim openly from your heart that you are not the answer, Jesus alone is the Answer. Your shadow may cross over someone who is sick on the street, and suddenly they get up healed, receive not the honour from man for Jesus alone is the Answer. Do not rejoice that the demons flee at your command, but be happy that your name is written in Heaven (Luke 10:20). People will honour you, speak about you, flock to you in ‘the press’ (Luke 8:45), but to this one thing, deep in your heart; you KNOW you are not the answer but delight to lift up your arms in praise and honour of the Lord of Glory. In the Joy of the Spirit pointing ever to Jesus; who alone is the Answer, and the Spirit of whom is given by His triumphant resurrection.
In the same way that you have faith in natural things, that when you put a seed in the ground that it will grow. In the same way gain faith in the Nature of the Spirit, that when you sow of the Seed of God, it will be accomplished, it will come into perfect fruition. When you invite the Presence of God He will come. When you speak the Spirit of God, the Spirit will break forth; and healing will come, the demon will be bound, the captive will be set free. If you desire a great harvest then keep planting! In love and faith gain right understanding in God, for without love you will understand nothing at all.
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Thank you, Lord. Lord, I humble myself before you and seek your Face, even as king David of old. Lord, please forgive me for seeking the honour of man. Lord, from this day forth I choose daily to seek only the Honour that comes from God, your living and active Testimony and Witness in me. I care for no other thing for you alone are the Answer for me and for my family. In Jesus Name. Amen’.
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