I heard, “Do Not Put Away Your Confidence!”
Breakthroughs on an explosive proportion are upon us at this hour. Miracles are happening unprecedentedly.
I am amazed at what The LORD is doing in His Church at this time. The Power of God is taking over and bringing in the revival.
Yes, we will continue on our subject of spiritual warfare. We have observed a little on our position in Christ and the position of the enemy to us now, that we are more than conquerors in Christ.
Today we will visit our Armory and look at our armour carefully through The Word of God.
Now we are told in the sixth chapter Ephesians;
“Wherefore take unto you the whole Armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand,” Ephesians 6:13.
Yes we are admonished to take whole of God. Many do not see this, it does not say, take unto you your whole armour. No! It is not your armour, but The Armour of God.
What God wears upon himself for battle, is what we are made to put on…
If we take unto ourselves any armour which is not God’s Armour, we are so defeated. We are not to bring our armour to fight spiritual battles, but we are to take the armour which is outside of us — The Armour of God.
We are to take God’s Armour as our own….
Yes, this is the question we should ask, “How did God fight the enemy to give us victory?”
The entirety of God’s Armour for the defeat of Satan was Jesus Christ. Jesus is The Armour of God. If we wear upon ourselves anything outside of Christ, we are doomed to fail.
This is why we are told Christ is our all. He is not our ‘some’, but he is our sum of all spiritual things;
“Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all,” Colossians 3:11.
Now these following verses of the sixth chapter of Ephesians open up this armour;
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness,” Ephesians 6:14.
Now we have said above that The Armour of God is Jesus. Christ the Power and Wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24).
Hence, lets look at the armour, one after the other, through the eyes of God,
The First, having your loins girt about with “Truth”
Which truth? We all know there is no other truth but He who is the truth. Truth is a person, and that person is Jesus.
The first armour we put on is Jesus, the Truth. You and I are not the truth. If we look to ourselves for truth, we are putting on ourselves as the armour. Our truth is Jesus. As long as he is the truth, he is tour truth.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me,” John 14:6.
The Second armour mentioned above is the breastplate of “Righteousness”
Which righteousness? Mine or whose? Righteousness is a person, not a doing. Jesus is our righteousness.
“In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS,” Jeremiah 23:6 emphasis added.
All our righteousness are as a filthy rag before The LORD (Isaiah 64:6). This why God has given us an eternal righteousness which is the person of Jesus. He is made our righteousness.
He is the one we put on and not our works to earn righteousness. If we dare, we fail. We have left the Armour of our God to our own armour. You are not what God used to defeat Satan.
Look at this verse;
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption,” 1 Corinthians 1:30.
Now let’s continue looking at The Armour.
“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace,” Ephesians 6:15.
The Third Armour mentioned above is “Gospel of Peace.”
Which peace? Peace is not just a feeling. Peace is a person, peace is Christ.
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us,” Ephesians 2:14.
The Gospel of Peace is the good news about what Jesus has done for a bankrupt sinner as I am. Now we have peace with God. God is no longer angry with us, because of what Jesus has done for us.
This is why it is called The Gospel of Peace. And it is truly The Gospel of Peace. In Him I have found my rest. This is must be nothing else, but The Gospel of Christ;
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek,” Romans 1:16.
Let’s move on;
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked,” Ephesians 6:16.
The Fourth Armour mentioned is “Faith “
It may be strange for many, but Faith is a person. Faith is a spirit. Faith is The Spirit of Christ;
“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak,” 2 Corinthians 4:13.
This is why we are told that He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith. It begins with Him and ends with Him.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith,” Hebrews 12:2.
And also this is why not all men have Faith, because not all men have Christ.
“For all men have not faith…” 2 Thessalonians 3:2.
Now let’s move on and round it up;
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,” Ephesians 6:17.
The Fifth Armour mentioned is the Helmet of “Salvation.”
This doesn’t have to take long. Jesus is salvation.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid,” Psalm 27:1,3.
And finally the Sixth Armour is explained by the scripture;
“and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” Ephesian 6:17.
We all know who the word of God is;
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” John 1:1.
Truly Christ is all and the sufficient Armour. Just by putting on Christ you can see that the enemy is already defeated, for he also believes and trembles before God.
When we put on Christ, we are sufficient for all battles in every season.
In an encounter with The LORD, I saw a child of God who was on a journey with The LORD, things kept looking darker and darker and this child of God felt he should withdraw on the pursuit of the things God laid before him.
But I saw The LORD’s displeasure towards this attempt and I felt The LORD cautioning him.
I was led by the Spirit to;
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul,” Hebrews 10:35-39.
Then The LORD said, “Do not put away your confidence, I have reserved a great reward for you confidence in My Word.
Let patience have its way as you are perfected to receive the promise. Your manifestation comes and will not tarry.
You are just, walk by Faith and not by sight, do not draw back — for if you do, My Soul will have no pleasure in you.
But I know you, you are not of them that draw back, but of them that believe unto salvation.”
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the founder and lead pastor of Living Hill Christian Church headquartered in Nigeria, which has a vision to restore the earth with the gospel of God’s grace. Called to be a pastor, he functions in the Healing/ Prophetic/ Teaching/ Music and Writing Ministries. He releases Prophetic Words to encourage the body of Christ on the Church’s blog.