“11 Put on the whole Armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 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.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:11-13
“Put on” in the Greek is the word “enduo” which means to envelope or hide within the whole Armour of God. This does not mean standing in front of the mirror and pretending to put on all of the weapons of warfare. This Armour is “of God” and is provided by Him. Consequently, it is the WHOLE Armour of God that is needed for the Believer to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Satan has infiltrated the Church in two ways. One being humanistic psychology which is nothing more than vain ramblings from unredeemed man to overcome man’s problem. Just to be sure, man’s problem is sin. The world’s problem is sin and the ONLY answer to sin is Jesus Christ and Him crucified…not man’s vain ramblings.
Another way satan has deceived the church is with the so called word of faith movement. This faith is not Word anchored but Word perverted and is in fact a faith that God will not recognize. It looks like God and acts like God but is in fact of satan functioning as an angel of light.
“13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Here is the point of my post this morning. There are people who are sitting under this teaching, who truly love the Lord. They are zealous for the things of God, yet they are being fed death.
Please bear with me for a moment while I take this a little further for those who have seen the error in their ways (myself included) and consider the following parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). As a Child of God, we are each given Light…Truth according to the Word of God. It is our faithfulness to this Truth, not our success in this Truth that is rewarded.
“28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which has ten talents.
29 For unto every one that has shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that has not shall be taken away even that which he has.” Matthew 25:28-29
It is our lack of faithfulness to that which we have been given, namely the Light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, that gives the principalities, powers of darkness and wicked spirits the authority to engage the Child of God in spiritual warfare. The modern church has embraced other methods to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. The shield of faith that is being yielded by the Believer is not faith that God recognizes because it is not faith in HIS method for man’s redemption, Jesus Christ and His finished work.
“26 For if we sin willfuly after that we have received the knowledge of the Truth, there remains no more Sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” Hebrews 10:26-27
To “sin willfully” is to turn from the Truth and embrace a lie. Humanistic psychology and the so called word of faith movement is a lie.
Many have been given a measure of Light according to their faithfulness to the Truth of the Word of God. Some have gone out to share their Light in hopes of multiplying, while others try to preserve. Such is the case in many ministries today. They are trying to preserve the Light they have been given while rejecting what the Lord is trying to show them…what the Spirit of the Lord is saying to the churches. The Light of such ministries who have rejected more Light and are stagnant in the work of God, will be taken away and given to them who have an abundance of Light. Truth rejected is Truth denied and that Truth which we have will be taken away if not embraced.
“For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
The failure of the faithfulness of the modern church to declare and proclaim the Truth of the Word of God and embrace vain babblings of man have resulted in God’s Children believing the preaching of the Cross of Christ is foolishness. They are rejecting the Light and will indeed perish if they do not repent. Do not ignore, reject or simply give a nod to this Truth of the preaching of the Cross…it is the power of God for us who are saved. It is the Armour of God in which we abide. This Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified, is the Truth on which we stand against the wiles of the devil.
-Donna Clark Warren