Put On Your Armour

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; – Ephesians 6:10-18

There are two primary errors when it comes to spiritual warfare:

  1. OVER-emphasis – some blame every sin, every conflict, and every problem on “demons that need to be cast out”.
  2. UNDER-emphasis – others completely ignore the spiritual realm and the fact that the Bible tells us our battle is against spiritual powers.

The key to successful spiritual warfare is finding the Biblical balance.

Jesus sometimes cast out devils from people, and at other times He healed the people, with no mention of a devil. In Romans 6, as a Christian you are instructed to ‘wage war’ against the sin within you; to stand against the wiles of the devil.

READ: Ephesians 6:10-12 – a few crucial truths:

  • You can only stand strong in the Lord’s power
  • It is God’s armour that protects you
  • Your battle is ultimately against spiritual forces of evil in the world

READ: Ephesians 6:13-18 – a description of the spiritual armour God gives us.

What do these pieces of spiritual armour represent in spiritual warfare?

  • You are to KNOW the truth, BELIEVE the truth, and SPEAK the truth.
  • You are to rest in the fact that you are declared righteous because of Christ’s sacrifice for you.
  • You are to proclaim the gospel no matter how much resistance you face.
  • You are not to waver in your faith; trusting God’s promises no matter how strongly you are attacked.
  • Your ultimate defence is the assurance you have of your salvation; an assurance that no spiritual force can take away.
  • Your offensive weapon is the word of God, not your own opinions and feelings.
  • You are to pray in the power and will of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is our ultimate example of resisting temptation in spiritual warfare.

READ: Matthew 4:1-11 – observe how Jesus handled direct attacks from Satan when He was tempted in the wilderness. Each temptation was combatted with the words it is written.

The word of the living God is the most powerful weapon against the temptations of the devil. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. – Psalms 119:11.

Caution!

Nowhere in the word of God are we instructed to cast out devils or even to speak to them. The name of Jesus is not a magic incantation that causes devils to flee from before us.

READ: Acts 19:13-16 – the seven sons of Sceva are an example of what can happen when people presume an authority they have not been given.

READ: Jude 9 – even Michael did not rebuke Satan in his own power.

If you start talking to the devil, you run the risk of being led astray as Eve was (Genesis 3:1-7). Your focus should be on God, not devils; speak to Him, not them.

Summary

What are some keys to success in spiritual warfare?

  • Rely on God’s power, not your own.
  • Put on the whole armour of God.
  • Draw on the power of Scripture—the word of God is the Spirit’s sword.
  • Pray in perseverance and holiness, making our appeal to God.
  • Stand firm; submit to God; resist the devil’s work knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ is your protector.

He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved – Psalms 62:2

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The Atheist and the Believer

An Atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of his new students to stand and…

Prof: So you believe in God?

Student: Absolutely, sir.

Prof: Is God good?

Student: Sure.

Prof: Is God all-powerful?

Student: Yes.

Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal Him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn’t. How is this God good then? Hmm? (Student is silent.)

Prof: You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?

Student: Yes.

Prof: Is Satan good?

Student: No.

Prof: Where does Satan come from?

Student: From…God…

Prof: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student: Yes.

Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything. Correct?

Student: Yes.

Prof: So who created evil? (Student does not answer.)

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student: Yes, sir.

Prof: So, who created them?

(Student has no answer.)

Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son…Have you ever seen God?

Student: No, sir.

Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?

Student: No, sir.

Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?

Student: No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student: Yes.

Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.

Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Prof: Yes.

Student: And is there such a thing as cold?

Prof: Yes.

Student: No sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold . Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy . Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it . (There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student: You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light…..But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?

Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?

Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the face that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavour, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher? (The class is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student: That is it sir… The link between man and God is FAITH . That is all that keeps things moving and alive.

Are You Living a Self-Life?

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalms 139:23-24

Everyone has selfish attitudes at times; it’s in the very nature of man. All we can do is to try our best to limit the amount of selfishness we show to God, to ourselves, and to others. The aim is to have as little of our self in us as possible, and more of the Holy Spirit of God.

READ: John 3:30; Ephesians 5:18.

Think about your life during the last month. Tick the boxes of those things that you felt, actioned, said, thought, etc. Be honest!

Did you have a secret spirit of pride or an exalted feeling of yourself in view of your success or position?

  • I took pride in my training, appearance, or my natural gifts and abilities.
  • I entertained a self-reliant, independent spirit.

READ: Proverbs 16:18, 20:6; Romans 12:3; James 4:6-8.

Did you love receiving praise from others?

  • I had a secret fondness and desire to be noticed.
  • I enjoyed drawing attention to myself in conversation, appearance, or conduct.

READ: John 5:44, 12:42-43; 1 Corinthians 13:4.

Did anger or impatience at others stir within you?

  • I had a touchy, sensitive spirit, and desired to throw sharp, heated remarks.
  • I resented and retaliated when disapproved of, corrected, or contradicted.
  • I had a defensive, vindictive, critical spirit.

READ: Psalms 37:8; Ecclesiastes 7:9; Luke 21:19; James 1:19; Romans 5:3.

Were you more interested in your self-will?

  • I was stubborn, and had an unteachable spirit.
  • I argued, and had a talkative spirit.
  • I was harsh, and used sarcastic expressions.
  • I refused to believe I was wrong.
  • I criticised and picked flaws at others.

READ: Deuteronomy 1:43; Malachi 2:2; James 3:17; 2 Peter 2:10.

Were you afraid of man and the world?

  • I feared man.
  • I feared losing worldly, carnal things.
  • I had a secret fear of speaking for or being associated with Christ and His word.
  • I shrunk from doing my whole duty to those of wealth or position or poor and needy.
  • I had a fear of offending someone and driving them away.
  • I had a compromising spirit.

READ: 1 Samuel 15:24; Proverbs 29:25; Galatians 2:12; 1 John 4:18.

Did you have a jealous disposition?

  • I had secret envy in my heart.
  • I had an unpleasant sensation when I heard the prosperity and success of others.
  • I spoke of the faults and failings rather that the gifts and virtues of those more talented and appreciated than myself.

READ: Genesis 26:12-16; 1 Samuel 18:8-9; Proverbs 6:34, Proverbs 14:30; Matthew 21:15; Romans 12:9-10.

Did you have a dishonest and deceitful disposition?

  • I evaded and covered the truth.
  • I covered up my real faults and left a better impression of myself than is true.
  • I had false humility.
  • I exaggerated and strained the truth.
  • I blamed others alone when I knew that I too was to blame.

READ: Psalms 15:2-3; Isaiah 29:13; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 23:28; Luke 22:48; Acts 5:2-3; 1 Timothy 4:2.

Did you have unbelief?

  • I had a spirit of discouragement in times of pressure and opposition.
  • I lacked quietness and confidence in God.
  • I lacked faith and trust in God.
  • I had a disposition to worry and complain in the midst of pain, poverty, or at the dispensations of divine Providence.
  • I had an overanxious feeling whether everything would turn out right.

READ: Isaiah 7:9; Luke 12:28-30; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 5:6; Hebrews 11:6; 1 Peter 5:7.

Were you formal and dead?

  • I lacked compassion and concern for lost souls.
  • I felt dry and indifferent.
  • I lacked zeal and power with God.

READ: Matthew 15:14; 2 Timothy 3:5; Revelation 2:4, 3:1.

Were you selfish?

  • I loved ease.
  • I loved money.
  • I loved my own time.
  • I valued myself above others.
  • I had a secret desire for worldly things and ways.

READ: Luke 12:19-21; 1 Timothy 6:10-11; Amos 6:1-6.

NIV Bible Quiz

INSTRUCTIONS: Using the New International Version (NIV) Bible, answer the following questions. DO NOT rely on your memory. As the Bible is the final authority, you MUST take the answer from the NIV Bible verse (NOT from footnotes, but from the text – footnotes are NOT the Bible).

  1. Fill in the missing words in Matthew 5:44. “Love your enemies, ________ them that curse you, _____________ to them that hate you, and pray for them that __________ and persecute you.”
  2. According to Matthew 17:21, what two things are required to cast out this type of devil?
  3. According to Matthew 18:11, why did Jesus come to earth?
  4. According to Matthew 27:2, what was Pilate’s first name?
  5. In Matthew 27:35, when the wicked soldiers parted His garments, they were fulfilling the words of the prophet. Copy what the prophet said in Matthew 27:35 from the NIV.
  6. In Mark 3:15, Jesus gave the apostles power to cast out devils and to:
  7. According to Mark 7:16, what does a man need to be able to hear?
  8. According to Luke 7:28, what was John? (teacher, prophet, carpenter, etc.). What is his title or last name?
  9. In Luke 9:55, what did the disciples not know?
  10. In Luke 9:56, what did the Son of man not come to do? According to this verse, what did He come to do?
  11. In Luke 22:14, how many apostles were with Jesus?
  12. According to Luke 23:38, in what three languages was the superscription written?
  13. In Luke 24:42, what did they give Jesus to eat with His fish?
  14. John 3:13 is a very important verse, proving the deity of Christ. According to this verse (as Jesus spoke), where is the Son of man?
  15. What happened each year as told in John 5:4?
  16. In John 7:50, what time of day did Nicodemus come to Jesus?
  17. In Acts 8:37, what is the one requirement for baptism?
  18. What did Saul ask Jesus in Acts 9:6?
  19. Write the name of the man mentioned in Acts 15:34.
  20. Study Acts 24:6-8. What would the Jew have done with Paul? What was the chief captain’s name? What did the chief captain command?
  21. Copy Romans 16:24 word for word from the NIV.
  22. First Timothy 3:16 is perhaps the greatest verse in the New Testament concerning the deity of Christ. In this verse, who was manifested in the flesh?
  23. In the second part of First Peter 4:14, how do [they] speak of Christ? And, what do we Christians do?
  24. Who are the three Persons of the Trinity in First John 5:7?
  25. Revelation 1:11 is another very important verse that proves the deity of Christ. In the first part of this verse Jesus said, “I am the A__________ and O___________ , the _________ and the _______:”

Friends, the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible is God’s true word. Dump anything else that pretends to be a ‘bible’!

A Quick Look at the Seven Mysteries

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. – 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

When it comes to the mysteries of God, there are seven mysteries that have been entrusted to the Body of Christ:

Mystery of Godliness

1 Timothy 3:16 deals with the person of Christ, His unique birth, nature, and death. God manifest in the flesh. See also: Acts 20:28.

Mystery of Christ in You

Colossians 1:27 deals with the mutual indwelling of Christ and the believer. Christ inside a saved person. No person in the Old Testament had Jesus Christ dwelling inside them. They had the Spirit of Christ (1 Peter 1:11), but this Spirit gave them no knowledge of a risen Saviour indwelling them permanently (see John 14:16), for no Saviour had yet appeared, no one had died, no one had risen, and no Holy Spirit had been sent for permanent indwelling.

Mystery of Christ and the Church

Ephesians 5:32 deals with the body of Christ; the Church. How two individuals, hundreds of miles apart (or billions of miles apart), can both share the same ‘flesh and bones’.

Mystery of Israel

Romans 11:25 deals with the restoration of Israel and future events.

  1. Israel is blind, spiritually, as a nation, but only partly. There are still Jews receiving Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, as their Saviour.
  2. The fulness of the Gentiles is about to come to an end. The Rapture will fulfil the Body of Christ, and then, Jews and Gentiles will be saved separately.
  3. At the end of the Tribulation, when Jesus Christ returns, all the surviving Jews will look on the glorified body of their Messiah and accept Christ as their Lord and Saviour (vs. 26).
  4. God will then establish a new covenant with the nation of Israel (vs. 27 cf. Hebrews 8:8–12).

Mystery of Babylon the Great

Revelation 17:5 deals with the Roman, Babylonian empire, which will be revived.

Mystery of Iniquity

2 Thessalonians 2:7 deals with the nature and character of Satan and the Beast.

Mystery of the Rapture

1 Corinthians 15:51-55 deals with the ‘catching up’ of the believer before the Tribulation period.

If you have a firm grasp of these mysteries, you have equipped yourself with the basic truths needed to be an effective minister of God’s word.

Hell is a real place

When was the last time (if ever) that you heard “Hell” mentioned during your church service?

Does your minister, teacher, preacher, pastor, ‘vicar’, ‘priest’, or whatever else they might call thenselves ever warn people about the place called Hell, and how NOT to go there?

If you ask them about Hell, would they even go so far as denying that such a place even exists, clearly going against God’s word?

Most church leaders are too afraid to mention Hell, through fear of losing people in the church. They are more interested in numbers and not offending people than they are at giving the plain, undilluted truth of God’s word – that Hell exists, and ALL unsaved people will go there if they die in their sins.

Don’t let your ‘leader’ lie to you anymore. Ask them about the reality of Hell, and see how they answer. If they deny it, then get out of there! If they don’t, then get them to mention it more in the weekly sermon messages and Bible studies!

Where is Hell?

I absolutely understand that people can look at certain places on this earth and think that that’s Hell. War zones, over-populated run down areas, prisons, hospitals, even living in an abusive marriage.

Many people, mostly the unsaved, say that “Heaven is on earth as Hell is on earth – it’s whatever you make of your life and how you live it”.

Well, please explain to me then what a saved, blood-washed, born again, Bible-believing Christian in prison for Christ’s sake in some intolerant country, and facing the death penalty, is doing in ‘Hell’?

And while you are at it, please also explain to me what the unsaved multi-millionaire business entrepreneur enjoying all the material riches the world has to offer, is doing in ‘Heaven’? Because if they are ‘in Heaven on earth’, then what’s a Christ-rejecting, worshipper of idols, lover of the world doing ‘in Heaven’?

No dear friend, the Bible makes it very clear that Heaven and Hell are not “what you make it in this life”, they are REAL PLACES in eternity.

The Bible tells us that:

  • Hell is beneath our feet
  • The direction to Hell is down
  • Hell can enlarge its size to receive people
  • One can conceivably dig into Hell
  • Hell is a place of fire and torment
  • Hell is likened to a furnace of fire where there is weeping and wailing

These facts (and many others in the Bible) indicate that there is weeping and wailing from the pains of Hell going on right under our feet at this very moment.

Of course, these poor lost souls are not in their natural bodies, but they are in some form of a body since the Rich Man in Luke chapter 16 had eyes, a tongue, and could feel tormenting flames.

What is Hell like?

A lake of fire – Revelation 20:15

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

A devouring fire and everlasting burnings – Isaiah 33:14

The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

A bottomless pit – Revelation 20:1

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

A furnace of fire – Matthew 13:41-42

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

A place of torments – Luke 16:23

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Where they curse God – Revelation 16:11

And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Where they can never repent – Matthew 12:32

And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

A place where they have no rest – Revelation 14:11

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

A place of everlasting punishment – Matthew 25:46

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

A place of blackness of darkness forever – Jude 13

Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

A place where they gnaw their tongues – Revelation 16:10

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

A place where their breath will be a living flame – Isaiah 33:11

Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, [as] fire, shall devour you.

A place prepared for the devil and his angels – Matthew 25:41

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

A lake of fire which the Antichrist & False Prophet are cast alive – Revelation 19:20

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

A place which the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever – Revelation 14:11

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

A place where they drink the wine of the wrath of God – Revelation 14:10

The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

A place where they do not want their loved ones to come – Luke 16:28

For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

A place where there are murders, liars, the fearful and abominable – Revelation 21:8

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Study and rightly divide the word of God

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15

Not only is it essential that you read the Holy Bible everyday to help you live the best possible Christian life you can on this earth, but all of us are commanded to study His word too.

We are also told how to study, and that is by rightly dividing the Book. That means that we don’t claim promises that are not for us today, we don’t pretend to have ‘sign gifts’ which were only for the Jews, we don’t start preaching that Christians need to keep the Ten Commandments to be saved, or that water baptism saves us, and so on. In other words, we don’t fall into false teaching.

You will only find the TRUTH on this website with a 100% belief and trust in the perfect, inerrant, infallible, inspired and preserved word of God, the Authorized Version King James Holy Bible.