Equipped To Live
Proverbs 11:4**Riches do not profit in the day of wrath. But righteousness delivers from death.
The cost of simple ethics to obtain righteousness is costly to our esteem because it is not only time consuming but most people look down at you because your not like every one else. Dishonest, pride, lack of integrity and a steady focus on riches lead most people down the wide path to judgment. Our God will take care of the results when we choose the right road.
Ephesians 4:21-24**If indeed you have heard Him (God) and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus (His son). That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
While billions in this world lack basic necessities of life, yet much of Europe and the western hemisphere want what they donít even need, gauging success with accumulation of possessions and money. The more we allow our greedy desires to control us, the more corrupt we become. We become a new man when we turn our hearts to God and allow his Holy Spirit and the teachings and truth in His Son, The Messiah Christ Jesus. For only when we turn to God will we begin to gain control of our life? For without His control and the Word of Bible truth we can do nothing but continue to worship the god (Satan) of this condemned world. To fully gain the love, light and wisdom of our creator, we must walk in love, light and wisdom just as Jesus walked. We must turn from the darkness and blindness of this wicked world to discover the truth and the glorious light of goodness and righteousness provides.
Ephesians 6:10-13**. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
When we have become strong with the whole armor of God we become strong with His power and might so that we may resist the devil**James 4:7**Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. ** With frequent love of the Word (bible study) of God, we become well armed to wage spiritual warfare against Satan and his demons. Most people look at political, economic or judicial systems as the main area of warfare throughout the world. Of course most institutions (led by the evil one) which govern the world create a serious state of affairs which is rapidly sending the world in a state of decline. Without using the Word to arm us to go on the offense against the forces of darkness, the steady spiral into eternal death is eminent. As Christians we are called to demonstrate our love by Jihad (holy war) by going into battle with the armament of love, not to drop a nuclear warhead on our neighbors as many rogue nations stubbornly believe is the answer. Paul instructs us and the nations how to defend ourselves as follows: **Protect yourself by putting on the Armor of God. ** King Saul did not wish to send David into battle against Goliath without armor. The King did not understand that God provides the armor that fits and is effective protection against the wiles of Satan. **The belt of truth**.The primary weapon of Satan is to lie. The truth is the centerpiece of our defense. We must know the truth by the study of Godís Word (Bible Study) and live the truth with honesty and integrity. Fill yourself continually with Godís truth to resist the lies that stream into you life. **The breastplate of Righteousness**. The breastplate of A Roman soldier 2 thousand years ago protected his vital organs as a bullet proof vest now protects the wearer. When we receive salvation, Christ Jesus takes our unrighteousness on Himself and replaces it with the righteousness of God. (Romans 3:22). Our attempts at holy living are evidence that God is truly working in our lives. **Shoes of the Gospel of Peace**. When we allow wrong actions or attitudes to put us at odds with God, our footing becomes slippery. This will cause us to stumble and fall. We require a firm footing with the gospel just a Roman soldier wore hobnailed sandals to dig in with firm footing as current day golf, football or soccer shoes. The Gospel of Peace is given to all who truly love our Heavenly Father by keeping his commandments. **The shield of Faith**. Trusting completely in Godís power and believing He will keep His promises help protect us from the flaming arrows of Satan? Just as flaming arrows directed against leather water soaked shields of Roman soldiers, so we are shielded against the adversary and enemy of God. Modern day riot control officers use metal and even bullet proof shields. **The Helmet of Salvation**. Helmets protect the physical head of bike riders and soldiers. Satan knows if he can get us to think or believe the wrong thing, our action and attitude follow. But with Salvation from God, our minds are protected from believing the lies of Satan no matter how confused we often get. Romans 12:2**And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.** We can accomplish this by filling out minds constantly with Scripture (Bible Study) and meditating on the truth. **Sword of the Spirit** A sword is used defensively to block blows but also offensively when used to strike out. Those who study scriptures know the Word of God is our sword. Defensively, Godís Word protects us by teaching truth and giving us a promise for forgiveness, salvation and provisions. Offensively, when we claim promises of Scripture and broadcast to others; we cause Satan to flee from us for he knows he has no power against our God. **Prayer**.In verse 18 (NIV), there are five important instructions. 1 Pray in the Spirit. 2 On all occasions. 3. with all kinds of prayer. 4 And requests 5. Always keep on praying.
Leviticus 26:12** I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be my people. ** Please let your creator walk with you forever!