You Will Not Stand without the Full Armor of God
- Date: September 16, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)
- From There Is Yet One Man
We want to talk a little bit about what it means to give place to the devil in our lives. How is it that this habitual area in some of our lives continues to manifest itself, continues to seem to hold a power over us? We'll see that some of the reason is that we really believe that we're adorned with the armor of God, but we're not. There are pieces missing. We seem to believe that we've really done all to stand. With that I just want to ask you the question, "Have you really done all that's needed?" No seriously, if you would stop lying to yourself, have you done everything that's necessary to stand and know that in all things you are more than conquerors? Or is the verdict out? I'm not talking about the attitude that Peter had, "Lord, though everybody forsake You, don't worry about me." I'm not talking about your profession that you've made all these years, hoping that somehow if you say it, it will happen. I'm talking about the reality of our preparation. What have you put off that you might put on Christ? Stuff has to be put off. If Christ is going to be put on, then something of the old man has to be put off. What have you been putting off lately? Is there anything that you can really come up with and can say specifically, "You know, in my life these are things that I have put off that I might put on more of Christ"? Colossians, Chapter 3 speaks clearly to that in our lives. What are we doing? Paul says, "I press toward the mark, the prize, the high calling of God in Christ" (Philippians 3:14) -we've talked about that so many times. We know what that word, "press," means. It means to agonize! It means to completely exhaust yourself. Would you say that "pressing" describes your pursuit of Christlikeness?
How much of this world really is holding us in its power? How vexed are we? Do we see this thing? "Well, you know, Pastor, we've got to do this and we've got to do that and I have to…". No, you really don't. I'm talking about the spirit of this. You can apply it however it's best fitting to you, but I just want to make a point. We're caught up in this rat race, and many of us are lead rats in this thing, and our spirit man is at best just able to stand. We're looking now at a time when we're called to put on Christ. We're admonished to seek the things that are above where Jesus is seated at Father's right hand. How distracted are we by the attractions of this world? We want to ask ourselves the question as we look at this: am I adorned with the armor of God? If I'm not, then what's the consequence that Ephesians tells us? If you're not adorned with this armor, what's going to happen? You will not stand; you will fall. You're going to get hit by one of those deceitful wiles of the devil, those fiery darts that are spoken of, that should have been quenched by a shield of faith. Faith is not quoting the Scriptures. Faith is obeying the Scriptures. That's what quenches the darts. It's not memorizing the Bible, but doing what you know to do.
I want us to really stop and go, "Okay, let's take an honest survey of our pursuit of God." We've talked about what Paul says concerning mastery in Corinthians a number of times, but we know that if we're going to be a master in some area then we must be temperate in others. Are we temperate in our prayer, temperate in our service in the kingdom, temperate even now in our thinking toward the return of the Lord? How much time did you spend today? Did it enter your mind to just take a little bit of time and meditate on the imminent return of the Lord?