Friday, October 1, 2010

Consult the Book of Armaments!

This week is named after a kind of dumb Monty Python joke…I guess I am hoping to take something bad and make it good. Or perhaps I want to take something that sounded catchy and put it to a good use. So, this is a good look at a bunch of armaments that Christians should have in their arsenal in the war against Satan for the souls of mankind.

First, here's the most important thing you need. The Bible in just about any language. Bible in Arabic. The Bible in Japanese. The Bible in Chinese. And way more.

if you are a Christian, stop looking for your best life now, or the prosperity that is found at the megachurch. I’m not saying that megachurches can’t have good teaching on occasion, but there probably is alot of "itching ears" doctrine. How else could the pastor afford that sportscar?

Once you become a Christian, the enemy starts fighting against you as opposed to luring you away. As soon as I came to Christ, not long after I was attacked in my sleep with sleep paralysis, and my urge to sin intensified exponentially. I was likely under attack in the weakest parts of my armor.

Starting with Ephesians 6:10 and going on through verse 17. This emphasizes that we are indeed at war with Satan. The actual pieces of the armor are also here as well. For the life of me, I have not been able to memorize these, but in the midst of a spiritual attack about a month ago, I started to remember these and it was like God was telling them to me. I would say it was the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart and telling me what to do.

Here are the pieces of armor, I will just give what they are, go ahead and dig through Ephesians on your own to learn more in-depth about this armor. I would also check some of the commentaries on Blue Letter Bible to see what else is said.

The Belt of Truth
The Breastplate/body armor of Righteousness
The Boots/shoes of the Peace that comes from the Gospel
The Shield of Faith
The Helmet of Salvation
The Sword of Truth, which is the word of God, aka the Bible.

Some other good scriptures:

1 Peter 3:22 – tells us that ALL spiritual entities are subject to the authority of Christ.

Galatians 4:3 and 4:9 – tell us that we were once slaves to the spiritual powers of this world, aka Satan. Once Christ came and performed His work, and we believed, we are no longer subject to those powers.

Lastly, here are some websites and related Podcast ministries that helped me when I was wandering from the Lord spiritually. These sites inspired me to question the road I was on, and got me back to reading – and BELIEVING! – the Bible. It also opened my eyes to the fact that there is a lot of bad stuff going on in the world, and that we Christians need to stand up against it.

This site helps convict me of sin in my life and really helps me see sin for what it is - an ugly and disrespectful act of rebellion on my part against the God who loves me. The second one helped to illustrate that God gave us free will, yet knew everything in advance. It also shows why he is allowing evil to reign as long as it has.

Some good ol’ Fashioned Preachin’. What better way to sharpen your sword, apart from reading the Bible? Listen to sermons! Chuck Swindoll, and Chuck Missler each have a regular Podcast on itunes, which are: easy to get, free, and short. Search the Itunes store for “Insight For Living,” and either Chuck Missler or “66/40”. I was going to make a joke about how two of my favorite Podcasts are by a Chuck, but I won’t.

Next, here are some wonderful current events sources that look at things from a Christian, and sometime endtimes worldview. I don’t always agree with everything they say, but THEY STIMULATE CRITICAL THINKING! And from a Biblical world view. – also has a great Podcast in itunes, and probably podomatic! - also has a great Podcast in itunes, and probably podomatic! - also has a great Podcast in itunes, and probably podomatic! (see also View From The Bunker)

and here are some warnings about the New Age and how it’s infiltrating the Church and

Also look for Gaz Parker's "New Age Deception"

A great ministry, really in touch with spiritual warfare. Russ Dizdar scared the Hell out of me, literally, by measuring the UFOs and fallen finite spirits against the Almighty and infinite God. Really, what comparison could there be? - also has a great Podcast in itunes, and probably podomatic! (see Preemption Broadcast)

More Current events, but more of what is happening on the supernatural front. What kinds of trends are going on. I guess, intel on what the enemy may be up to. Also a special interest in Bible prophecy and how it may or may not be playing out in real time. These would be the watchmen on the wall, warning us ahead of time of an enemy attack. They are not prophets, but see scary stuff and let the Body of Christ know about it. Sadly, most of the people behind the wall are asleep.

Use discernment with some of these though. While what they teach may be interesting or potentially even true, we also need to realize that the enemy could be using some of the topics as a distraction. Of course, we could also use it as a witnessing tool. So tread carefully. - also has a great Podcast in itunes, and probably podomatic! (see Acceleration Radio, updated sporadically in itunes) - also has a great Podcast in itunes, and probably podomatic! (see the Omega Hour.)

Great all around resources for those who need to know about Christ, but have a worldview you’re not familiar with. How else could you witness to: Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholics, New Agers, 2012ers, Psychics, etc?

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