When we face problems, we are called to put on the armor of God.
We are called to meditate on Christ and His power because we cannot trust in ourselves.
The Armor of God is Jesus Christ Himself:
Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace, above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints:”
The enemy tests us if we will trust in ourselves or in the power of God in Jesus Christ. But as believers we are not fighting a battle to attain victory.
It is because Jesus Christ has already won the victory on the cross. We are called to stand in the power of Christ and defend the victory we already have. It’s like starting a football match with a winning lead before you even kicked a ball. Jesus has already given us victory by doing all the work. Our battle is to stand in the victory He has given us. So how do we do that? We put on the armor of Christ to cover our weaknesses!
Belt of Truth – John 1:17 says that the Law was given by Moses but grace and truth came from the Lord Jesus Christ. His grace is the truth for salvation (the Law does not save).
Breastplate of Righteousness – 2nd Corinthians 5:21, Romans 4:4-25 – We are not righteous by our own works. But we are only righteous by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Do not trust in your works but only in Jesus Christ.
As a result, we live a life of righteousness and not evil deeds (1st John 2:29).
Feet fitted with Gospel of Peace – Acts 13:38-39, Romans 5:1 – we are forgiven all sins by the blood of Christ. There may not be peace in the world. But we have peace with God because He has forgiven all sins by faith in Christ.
Shield of faith – Genesis 15:1 – Christ Himself is my shield and great reward – who protects my salvation because He died on the cross for me.
Helmet of salvation – Ephesians 2:3-8 – We are not dead in sin but alive with Christ and seated with Him as glorious righteous blessed children of God – saved by grace through faith and not works! Our salvation is a free gift and not anything we can boast.
Sword of the spirit – the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit – John 1:1-3, Christ Himself is the Word of God. His word to me is “It is finished”.
The finished work of Christ is our weapon. I am holy, blameless and perfect in Christ and I will not believe the lies of condemnation.
Praying in the Holy Spirit, in other languages and groanings – not in our understanding but in the Holy Spirit who prays through me for myself and other believers.
So, as you can see my friends, this is all about trusting in Christ’s power and not ourselves. It is about His mighty power alone.
Christ alone is our righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, power, holiness, word, prayer – He is everything! We can do nothing without Christ but we can do all things through Him, facing all situations because He is with us.
The passage in Ephesians 6 about the armor of God was taken from Isaiah 59 which talks about Jesus doing all the work because no man could do it!
Christ is known as the “arm of God” – also the “armor of God”. Hallelujah!
Isaiah 59:16-17 “He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor.
Therefore his own arm brought salvation to him; and his righteousness sustained him.
He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head.
He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a mantle.”
It is not by might or power of man but by the Spirit of God working in us through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Zechariah 4:6 “Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, “This is Yahweh’s word to Zerubbabel, saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says Yahweh of Armies.”
In this time, we must rely on the might and power of our God and Father, taking protection under His mighty armor in Jesus Christ. God has given us a promise.
That the enemy will be crushed under our feet by the grace of Christ and not our works.
Romans 16:20 “And the God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
The problems of the world are the enemies that were unleashed by Adam’s sin. Therefore, Christ is the last Adam who came to defeat these enemies by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead.
The problems in the world will destroy unbelievers but for those who believe in Christ, He is our true fulfillment in every circumstance on earth.
His love is our true strength in the midst of every circumstance.
We have the sure hope of heaven because of faith in Christ.
Christ has been seated in heaven because of the great authority He has over all the enemies! And we are seated with Him by the grace of God and not our works!
The same resurrection power of Christ is in us.
Ephesians 1:19-23 “and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, authority, power, dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things for the assembly, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
Why has Christ sat down? It is because our sins are completely and utterly been forgiven (Hebrews 1:3, 10:12). The believer is eternally forgiven and will never be condemned. Jesus did it by Himself and not by our efforts!
That is why Christ sat down at God’s right hand!
Christ waits for His enemies to be put under His feet.
The enemies are disasters, poverty, persecution, injustice, inequality, corruption, hatred, racism, discrimination, crime, war, disease, etc.
The last enemy of death will be defeated on the last day of the world when Jesus returns.
1st Corinthians 15:25-26 “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death”
This is why God has given us victory in Christ.
1st Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Jesus defeated all the enemies already on the cross. We are called to stand firm in the victory given to us by Christ Jesus. When we feel condemned then we proclaim the Gospel saying that Christ made us Righteous. When problems come to us, we stand firm in the gift of His righteousness and no condemnation.
1st John 5:1,4-5 “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God. Whoever loves the Father also loves the child who is born of him…. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
When problems come the mind is deceived into thinking that it is God who is condemning us. But the truth is that after the cross, the believer is not under condemnation. It is like the waters of Noah when God put the rainbow in the sky telling us that the world will not be flooded.
Now through the cross, we see a rainbow on God’s throne saying that there is no judgment for the believer:
Revelation 4:2-3 “Immediately I was in the Spirit. Behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting on the throne that looked like a jasper stone and a sardius. There was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald to look at.”
Isaiah 54:9-10, 14-17 “For this is like the waters of Noah to me;
for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah will no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my loving kindness will not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace will not be removed,” says Yahweh who has mercy on you.
You will be established in righteousness. You will be far from oppression, for you will not be afraid, and far from terror, for it shall not come near you. Behold, they may gather together, but not by me. Whoever gathers together against you will fall because of you.
“Behold, I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame, and forges a weapon for his work; and I have created the destroyer to destroy. No weapon that is formed against you will prevail; and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of Yahweh’s servants, and their righteousness is of me,” says Yahweh.”
Our Father tells us that He made a New Covenant of peace through the blood of Jesus Christ – He loves us with an everlasting love and His love will never fail no matter the problems on the earth! It is based on the unshakeable covenant of Christ’s death for us and not on our works! Jesus was already judged for us so nobody can condemn us anymore! Christ has made us righteous by His death and resurrection and therefore nobody can condemn us.
Romans 8:33-35,37-39 “Who could bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…. No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from God’s love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If God does not condemn us then no man or devil can do accuse us!
Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead to represent us in heaven as righteous children of God! So, there is no condemnation but only our Father’s love for us!
Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
When we are under attack, we need to be humble and rely on God’s grace even more.
If we are proud then how can we receive any grace?
Let us realize that we are not better than others but acknowledge the need for his grace.
James 4:6-7 “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Be subject therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
God has compassion for us and wants to help us and He proved it by dying on the cross. Jesus is not the One who came to condemn us but to save all who believe in Him.
John 3:17 “For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.”
In a shaking and uncertain world, there is nothing more certain than the power and love of our Lord Jesus Christ. When the Israelites were in the wilderness and bit by snakes, they looked to the snake on the pole – a symbol of our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 3:14-15 “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
When the Israelites stopped looking at the serpents in the wilderness and looked/trusted in the serpent on the pole, they were healed.
In the same way, in this world of problems, we must look at Jesus our Lord who suffered on the cross. He is the center of all things. In Him everything finds existence.
Your entire life is held together in Him.
He holds your entire life in His hands – those same loving nail-pierced hands!
Revelation 1:17-18 “When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, “Don’t be afraid. I am the first and the last, and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forever and ever. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades.”
What is the greatest problem in this world?
It is death and the grave. But Jesus holds the keys of death and the grave!
He who created all things has died on the cross and defeated death.
If we trust in Jesus then He will save us from the power of death and hell and from all the curses of Adam in this world. The fullness of God is in Christ.
Jesus has supremacy over all things – over every problem in your life.