STAND

STAND

Wednesday – April 5, 2017

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Glory be to God, it is hump day.  Greetings from The Three Minute Word publications.  It is our prayer that this teaching finds your soul exceedingly prosperous and manifesting through you to the world physical abundance and health.  It is impossible to have Godly wealth and health without corresponding spiritual health.  The prosperity of God brings no sorrow.  God is so very good.  Today I will pick-up our Bible Study in Ephesians 6:11.

Ephesians 6:10-13 (KJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

I have spent the last several days discussing the little phrase “of God” and we looked at a few examples to include; the Kingdom of God, the righteousness of God, the peace of God, the joy of the Lord, the faith of God and the love of God.  God has given a command which is conveyed to us by the Apostle Paul mandating that we put on the whole (not part) armour of God.  The reason for putting on the whole (entire, complete, full, total, in one piece, intact, unbroken, undivided, and unimpaired) armour of God is so that we can stand, not against the power of the devil, but the wiles of the devil.  The devil has no power, only trickery.

We have generally been taught the armour of God as pieces and that we put these on individually and we are in better shape with two or three than none.  However as you consider the language here we have to consider that this is a single unit with multiple components and when one area is weak the whole is weak.  Think of it like a jump suit.  As we look at the seven components think in terms of developing all seven contemporaneously.  We are fully capable of choosing to put on the whole armour of God and we are equipped to develop the whole armour of God to the same level to which Jesus perfected it.  The “whole armour” is also translated ‘full armour’.

This Greek word translated to English as whole or full armour is of the feminine gender and single in number.  Being single in number means that it applies to us all as individuals.  Being feminine in gender means that this armour plays a pivotal role in our productivity for the Kingdom of God.  This armour of God is not an optional accessory but a vital, necessary tool to identify and defeat the wiles of the devil.  It is important that a soldier on the battlefield be in a battle posture, standing, and not down.  When a soldier is down they are not effective and have essentially been removed from the battle.  While we are standing we are taking the battle to the devil and are in the dominate position furthering the Kingdom of God.  The devil has no authority nor power over us, his greatest weapons are to get us off God’s message with wrong doctrine, get our eyes on circumstances, and encourage our laziness.

From our text the word ‘wiles’ could also be translated methods.  The devil has a modus operandi (MO) like many criminals have a certain way of committing their crimes.  Of course, this is not only a negative thing, we have a way of operating or a method of operation as well.  Our way of operating which is God’s way is designed to produce abundance in all things and the devils way of operating is designed to bring stealing, killing, and destroying into our lives.  The bottom line of the devil is that he works to get us to violate light, the Word of God.  Just go back and study the first sin of mankind in the Garden of Eden.  God had given His Word to Adam, the Serpent comes along and gives a different word, a different idea and Adam bought it, gave it a place in his thinking higher than the Word of God.  Well how well did that work out?  It will work out just as good for us if we choose the devils (serpents) lies.

Next the Apostle goes on to explain that our battles are not with people but with spiritual beings.

Ephesians 6:11-12 (KJV)
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

I think we have all heard the saying: “Don’t be mad at me, I’m just the messenger”.  We have a tendency to be angry or mad with people and blame the people around us for our situations.  However those people, whatever role they play are but the messengers, they are being influenced by evil spiritual forces.  We must be careful not to retaliate against those around us, they are but pawns in a larger deadly game orchestrated by the devil, by the various levels of demonic forces.  We pray for the people who have fallen prey to the devil.  We are to manifest the fruits of the spirit to nourish and bring light to those ensnared of the devil.  However, the evil forces behind them we dominate with the Word of God.  I will pick-up here tomorrow.

By: Dr. David Wood, Author, Bible Teacher, and Prophetic Voice