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THE FULL ARMOR
God takes care of His children on this earth, as much as we will allow Him to. He never forces His people to be obedient, but rather He has given us a free will and the ability to make choices.
Jesus said many times throughout His ministry, before ascending to the Father, to beware of deception.
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you, for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many” Matthew 24:4-5.
“And false prophets shall rise and deceive many” Matthew 24:11.
“For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” Matthew 24:24.
So, we see here that, according to Matthew’s account in chapter 24 alone, Jesus warned His disciples not once, not twice, but three times to beware of false Christs and false prophets, who will do wonders in the last days, so much so that the very elect would be deceived, if possible.
The elect are those of us that attend to the Lord every day, nearly all day, in prayer, reading the Word, praise and worship and ministry. If you don’t fit into this category, all the more, take heed!
The devil is as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8.
A child of God has to “open the door” to deception, friends. We have protection, as children of God, and satan is not allowed to breach our armor, or break down our door. He can only get a foothold if we remove our armor, or fail to put it on daily, or open the door to him.
The enemy of our souls never gives up seeking a way to enter through the door that God has placed against him, or through a breach in the armor that God has given us to wear.
The armor of God consists of these: the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness (so much for those who don’t believe we can live righteous in this world), the sword of the Spirit, our loins girt about with truth, and our feet shod with the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:10-18).
We must be diligent and always on guard. There are, however, seasons of rest to the saints of God (Hebrews 4:9-11). I would describe these seasons as dwelling in the “Secret Place” of the Most High.
One doesn’t just slip right into the “Secret Place” as soon as they repent and receive salvation. The Apostle Paul explained to the Hebrews, “Let us labor, therefore, to enter into that rest…” Hebrews 4:11.
What is the Secret Place?
The Secret Place of the Most High is explained by King David in Psalms 91. If you read the chapter, you will discover that those who enter the Secret Place of the Most High, abiding under His shadow, are those who “make the Lord, even the Most High, their habitation” and who “set their love upon Him.” In other words, you are so in love with the Lord that you are always thinking about Him, nearly always praying, or talking to Him, studying His Word, or praising Him, making the Lord your first and foremost priority above all things, so much so, that He is your habitation = the Secret Place. Come to this holy, holy place with God and you will have rest to your soul and many benefits, as described in Psalms 91.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with Me” Revelation 3:20.
The Lord wants to “sup” with you as often as you will open the door to Him.
On the other hand, how does one open the door to satan? Watching secular television for hours; drinking liquor; smoking; taking drugs (can also be prescribed drugs); listening to secular music (there are evil spirits associated with many types of music, other than gospel); obsessions, such as obsessive cleaning, obsessive eating, obsessively watching TV; obsessively shopping and spending, etc; focusing on the material things of this world and pride, whereas our focus should be the Lord, and all other things will be provided.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” Matthew 6:33.
Certainly, we are to live in this world, shop for those things that we have need of, take care of those things the Lord has provided, cleaning the home, our clothes, the yards, etc; but we need to place God first in our lives and these other things will be a breeze. I do these chores much of the time while praying or singing hymns.
In fact, it never ceases to amaze me that when I determine to pray and read the Word first, I can quickly get the other things done that I need to do. When I have failed to put the things of God first, I can’t seem to get those things done that I sacrificed God’s time to get done. It never fails!
We always need to bear in mind that satan appears as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is not always going to attack on the premise of evil. He will disguise himself as one, for example, who needs help, or who presents as a “lover,” or who even presents himself as an aid in the time of trouble – beware!
If that person, or that opportunity, or that pitiful one comes along, but there is any possibility that they are involved in evil, or the appearance of evil, or perhaps they appear to need help, but they aren’t saved – beware! Yes, we are to help the lost materially, as well as spiritually, but allow a brother to help males, and a sister to help females, etc.
Notice also that the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35) did not take the stranger home with him, but he helped him, purchased a room for him and gave provision elsewhere. He wanted to help the man who had been robbed and beaten, but he didn’t really know him, if he was evil, or a godly man. He didn’t risk bringing an unsaved, wicked person into his home to jeopardize himself, or his family, but he provided for him other facilities and provision. That was the wise thing to do.
The saints of God can give to ministries that are set up to provide food, shelter and clothing to the poor and minister to them spiritually, but we should never take someone from the street and bring them home. That would be foolish. There are ministries and government programs in place to help the poor and homeless. If God speaks to you and tells you to bring someone home, that would be an exception. (He will never tell a woman who lives alone to bring a man home; and He will never tell a man who lives alone to bring a woman home.)
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves” Matthew 10:16.
Be diligent, faithful, at peace, long-suffering, meek, gentle and wise. Always put God first and foremost in your life, living prayerfully and studying His Word, and you can dwell in the Secret Place of the Most High.
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.
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