Living your best life
Living with the full armour of God.
George Methodist Church
8am and 10 am
With Peter Veysie
Ephesians 6:11-18 (TNIV)
It’s God’s armour not yours.
What are we fighting about?
Stand your ground
My scriptures this morning.
Isaiah 54:17 “ No weapon formed up against you shall prosper/succeed.”
“Be the most enthusiastic person that you know” Nicky Gumbel
- Live with Truth as a belt
The idea of absolute truth is inseparable from the life of Jesus. It defines us and it sets us free. Two powerful things that Jesus declared was that he was TRUTH John 14:6 and sanctify them by your truth – your Word is truth. John 17:17. We begin to live our best lives when we are authentically living in truth and the truth sets us free. John 8:31-32. A belt holds up your pants but in the armour it would hold the sword and carry it into battle effectively (the Word and how we use it). The loins were a vulnerable part of the body and needed to be protected – gird up your loins. The belt allowed you to tuck in your cloak so that you could run faster.
Jeremiah 13:11For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,’ declares the Lord, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor.
- Live with Righteousness as a breastplate
The breastplate provided protection to the most vulnerable part of the body and that was the heart and the lungs (breathe). To find your life in line with the Lord is to understand righteousness. A right standing with the Lord protects our hearts and gives us breathe and we need to protect this vital relationship. To live our best lives we need to find opportuntiy to protect and deepen this relationship every day. There is a real need for morals, ethics and values and a deep quiet obedience to the Lord not out of fear but out of love.
- Live with Feet ready to share the gospel of peace
I think that this is one of the areas that is deeply lacking in our daily conversations and we need to share more about who we are and how the Good News has changed our lives. We are not all extroverts but just to open up and ask about another persons story can open up and opportunity for you to share yours. ABC’s of Christianity taught to me by an 8 year old. Discipling rather than just telling.
The shoes of the soldier kept the feet protected and firm and able to travel long distances.
Mark 16:15-16 Go into all the world and preach the good news (gospel). I am trusting that I will be the most enthisiastic person that I know today.
Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News.”
- Live with a Shield of faith
The word faith in Greek is ‘pistis’ which actually means a firm belief. Being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1,2.
A shield protects us from fiery arrows like, doubt, criticism and other ways of thinking that may challenge our firm belief. If there is any area that I find I am challenged in – it is my faith.
1 Peter 5: 6-10 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Life is not easy and is getting more difficult and we are called to stand firm in our faith. (THE STAND)
- Live with the Helmet of salvation
1 Thess 5:8-9 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
A helmet protects the vulnerability of the mind.
- Live with the Sword of the Spirit .
The gladius was the only part of the armour that was not defensive but offensive and Paul describes it clearly to Timothy 3: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
And then the writer of Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
- Pray in the Spirit on all occasions.
Prayer along with the Word creates a powerful combination of protection and if we pray in the Spirit it enables us to converse with the Lord in a way that is deep and very authentic. We need to learn the art of living our best lives with an understanding of what it means to live with these powerful pieces of armour so that when we do experience attacks we will not be taken out.
11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.