by John Barnett

God’s Armor, Satan’s Attacks and Our Choices
John Barnett
Matthew 6:13b

Part of our asking God to protect us, delivering us from the evil one is tied to some choices. Choices to flee, choices to stay vigilant, and choices to put on the armor God has prepared, described, and commanded us to wear.

We Must Wear the Armor of God
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) who wrote the 18th Century, six-volume classic entitled, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, traces one of the causes of the military decline of Rome’s nearly invincible legions came with a gradual decline in the discipline of wearing and using the uncomfortable, bulky, heavy, and challenging armor.
Today we could trace the weaknesses of the 21st century church to a gradual decline in the discipline of wearing and using the uncomfortable, bulky, heavy, and challenging armor of God.

- How well do you know the armor of God?
- How often do you think about wearing it?
- How practiced are you in understanding how it works?
- How good are you at standing against all that Satan can throw at you?
- That is what we need to ponder today! Start with me back in the first explanation of the armor of God in the seventh century BC. The prophet Isaiah tells us how God readied Himself to defend Israel. If this is what God pictures Himself wearing, how much more should we want to always wear the armor of God!

Isaiah 59:17 (NKJV) For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, And was clad with zeal as a cloak.
Now turn onward to Romans, where Paul was laying the groundwork for the church at Rome to be able to thrive right in the center of the Roman world filled with glittering distractions, numbing materialism, paralyzing temptations, blinding false teachings, and laced with simmering hostilities.
How does a church survive when so surrounded by the Evil one?
Romans 13:11-14 (NKJV) And do this, knowing the time, that ...

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