Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 - Word(s) of the Year...............Be Prepared

 
 
As January 2015 gets rolling, I've been trying to think of MY "word" for 2015.   Yes, it has taken me almost two weeks to figure it out but low and behold I have it!   
 
Have you ever planned a trip, party or event on just a spur of the moment?   If you did it without preparation I need you to hit me up and let me know how to do it.
 
This past year, my hubby and I took a trip to Tennessee and he talked me into NOT planning our hotels, events, etc.   I was just like Moses......A BASKET CASE!!!!!
 
 
Yes the trip was eventful but I had to let go of my OCD and just wing it.  I've got great memories and enjoyed all the unplanned moments that I knew would surely happen. 
 
Lesson learned.....I WILL NOT DO THAT AGAIN.   I am very much a planner and organizer and I like to have my itinerary in hand when I leave the house....even to the grocery store.
 
Whether in my daily living or planning a trip, I know that I should always be prepared.  In the Bible, God equips us with several items that we should always put on at the beginning of each day. 
 
  
Helmet of Salvation
helmet of salvation

 
spiritual armor
Helmet of Salvation
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God."--- Ephesians 6:17

"For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head." --- Isaiah 59:17

"But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation."
--- I Thessalonians 5:8
The Bottom Line

The helmet of salvation guards our minds, for the battle against the enemy is in the mind. The helmet of salvation also assures us of two things:
  • We will have eternal life in heaven.
  • God has a special plan for us.


 
 
 
Breastplate of Righteousness
breastplate of righteousness
Breastplate of Righteousness
"Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness."--- Ephesians 6:14

"For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head." --- Isaiah 59:17

"But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation."
--- I Thessalonians 5:8
The Bottom Line

Whenever the enemy tries to bring up your past to accuse you, the breastplate of righteousness is your trusty defense. If the Spirit of Christ dwells in you, then God receives you as His son or daughter no matter what the devil says. "For he [God] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (II Corinthians 5:21). The righteousness of Christ in you is what matters — not your shortcomings and failures.

This does not mean that your heavenly Father is indifferent to your sin or regards it lightly. Rather, as a loving father corrects his child, so the Lord corrects you (see Hebrews 12:5-11). At times His chastening may seem stern and unfair, but He is working to mold you into the likeness of Christ. He desires that "the peaceable fruit of righteousness" (Hebrews 12:11) be produced in your life.

In Isaiah 59, the Lord put on righteousness as a breastplate and went out to fight evil and corruption. "And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke" (Isaiah 59:16-17).

The Lord shares His righteousness with His children, for they, too, must encounter evil and corruption. The world we live in is full of sin and spiritual darkness. People all around us are in desperate need of the light and life of Jesus Christ. Therefore, "let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation" (I Thessalonians 5:8). We are to let the light of Christ shine to those around us and follow the Lord's leading in doing "good works" (see Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:14). Such works may involve standing firm against injustice (Leviticus 19:15), meeting the needs of the poor and fatherless (Psalm 82:3-4), and defending the helpless (Proverbs 31:8-9). These are all practical manifestations of the Lord's righteousness.

   
Sword of the Spirit
sword of the spirit
Sword of the Spirit
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing assunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." --- Hebrews 4:12
The Bottom Line

The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God breathed from our spirits and released from our mouths, mingled with and energized by the breath or Spirit of God, causing it to be filled with His divine life and ability.

The written Word (graphe) was given by the inspiration of God (II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:21). The Living Word (logos) is Jesus. (John 1:1-3, Luke 1:35, Hebrews 4:12) Jesus said in John 6:63 "the words that I speak (rhema) unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." By speaking the Word, your words become energized (zoe). (Hebrews 4:12).

John writes in Revelation 1:16: "And He (Jesus) had in his right hand seven stars; and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword; and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength." Thus Jesus, who is the Word (logos) according to John 1:1, speaks (rhema) forth His Word which is sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12); His Word shall not return unto Him void, but it shall accomplish that which He pleases according to Isaiah 55:11. Therefore by speaking and praying the Word of God (our sword of the spirit), strongholds are broken down in the heavenlies.

Just as Jesus the living Word (logos) defeated Satan at Calvary, the spoken word (rhema) now enforces that victory. Remember, it is not the Sword of the Spirit until you speak it!

  
Shield of Faith
shield of faith
Shield of Faith
"Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."--- Ephesians 6:16

"For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head." --- Isaiah 59:17

"But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation." --- I Thessalonians 5:8
The Bottom Line

In Romans 10:17 Paul writes: "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." Thus we increase our faith by reading the Bible. Faith works in love (Galatians 5:6) and "perfect love casteth out all fear." (I John 1:18 ). Therefore, Faith (Forsaking All In Trusting Him) casts out fear (False Evidence Appearing Real). Thus if you want to live a life without fear you need to read, study, and meditate on the Word of God.
 


 
Prayer and Supplication
prayer
Prayer and Supplication
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."--- Ephesians 6:18

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God."
--- Philippians 4:6

"Pray without ceasing."
--- I Thessalonians 5:17
The Bottom Line

Strongholds in the heavenlies are broken down by prayer and supplication according to (II Corinthians 10:4).

 
Sandals of Peace
sandals of peace
  
Sandals of Peace
"And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace."
--- Ephesians 6:14

"How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" --- Romans 10:15
The Bottom Line

We need to "preach the word and be instant in season, and out of season" (II Timothy 4:2) and we must be obedient to the Lord's command in Mark 16:15 to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Yet we are sent forth "as sheep in the midst of wolves; so we must be wise as serpents and harmless as doves."(Matthew 10:16).

 
Belt of Truth
belt of truth
 
weapons of spiritual warfare
Belt of Truth
 
"Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth."
--- Ephesians 6:14

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." --- I Peter 1:13
The Bottom Line

We need to "provide for honest things not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men." (II Corinthians 8:21). Yes, we need to be truthful concerning all things; but we also need to stand on the "truth" of the Bible. When we face trials and tribulations, we need to "tighten" our belt while standing on truths written in the Word of God. What we know in the good times, we need to hang on to in the troublesome times. We might just end up tightening our belt a notch or two. However, the good news is that "God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted (whether it be doubting or giving up) above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (I Corinthians 10:13)

 
Belt of Truth
belt of truth
 
weapons of spiritual warfare
Belt of Truth
 
"Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth."
--- Ephesians 6:14

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." --- I Peter 1:13
The Bottom Line

We need to "provide for honest things not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men." (II Corinthians 8:21). Yes, we need to be truthful concerning all things; but we also need to stand on the "truth" of the Bible. When we face trials and tribulations, we need to "tighten" our belt while standing on truths written in the Word of God. What we know in the good times, we need to hang on to in the troublesome times. We might just end up tightening our belt a notch or two. However, the good news is that "God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted (whether it be doubting or giving up) above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (I Corinthians 10:13)