The Full Armor

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It's past midnight and my fever keeps me from sleep. I don't know about you, but whenever I'm sick, nighttime is especially hard and not just because of my physical state of overall weariness and discomfort. Sometimes fears, doubts, or worries I may have come full force and Satan takes advantage of my weakened state. He attempts to cover my eyes to Who the great God I worship really is. That is his chief goal, after all. Remember his lies to Eve in the garden? 

Instead of allowing these lies to seep in and convince me of their false truth, I keep a long list of verses on my phone for quick reference in order to be able to speak truth against these lies when they come. That is what our armour and weapons are in this spiritual battle we are engaged in everyday. In Ephesians we are told to put on a full suit of armour. A belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet, and sword.
 

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 firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
— Ephesians 6:13-17 (ESV)

I have to admit, I'm not always a good fighter. Many times I fail to resist the lies because they sound so logical and justified. It is easy to think I will be able to tell lies from truth easily but when the battle comes, Satan is a professional liar and he can make me believe many things. (2 Cor. 10:3-5; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9; 2 Thes. 2:9-10) I am tempted to lay down my armor and say resignedly, "Maybe this is the truth. Maybe I'm the one who's lying to myself about God making me new with His salvation. Maybe I really am crazy to think He has a good plan for my life." When this happens, Satan rejoices I'm sure. I can't give him the victory.

However, many times, I have found the difference between true conviction and Satan's lies is this; true conviction holds promised victory in Jesus Christ while the evil one's lies say you'll be forever chained to your short comings or weaknesses and convinces us we have no hope of victory. After all, if there is no hope of victory in battle and your soul would surely die, would you want to fight?

Even Jesus, the Son of God, when he was here in human form, was led into the wilderness by the Spirit to fast for forty days and nights and then to be tested by Satan. Satan even twisted scriptures to try to convince Jesus of his lies. He tested Jesus at His weakest (physically weak from no food).  He used hunger, testing of Jesus' Father's ability, and promise of material possession. But notice, Jesus fought back with scripture and the truth of who His Father is. (Matthew 4:1-11)

Satan often comes at our weakest points when our wants, needs, sadness, and insecurities are most present. When our guard is down and we are most likely to doubt God and believe Satan's lies. It is especially at these times when our understanding of Who we serve needs to be reinforced. 

My cousin, Colleen Chao, has a wonderful blog called "Becoming Chao" which has been a constant encouragement to me. The verse references below I borrowed from her post "My love list" about who the Lord is and copied them all down in my phone for quick reference. They have been an encouragement time and time again & I hope they will be for you, too. 

So, below are just a few of the verses that shows us Who our Savior is. 

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. (Isaiah 40:11)

Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. (Psalm 73:23)

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You. (Psalm 139:17-18)

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. (Psalm 118:14)

And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner. (Exodus 17:15)

Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them. (Numbers 14:9)

The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar! (Psalm 118:27)

He carries me. He holds my right hand. His thoughts are with me. He is my strength, song & salvation, my banner, & my God. Satan has no chance against God's love, power, nearness, promises, perfect plans, & salvation.  With all Satan's most convincing lies, still he cannot cover God's truth when we fight with His Word.
 

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