PRE-AMBLE by Robert
“The worldly churches told you, and you believed this was going to be a walk in the park enjoying the scenery.” This article has proven to be very challenging once I entered into the front line prepared to do battle, but more so in being readied to share what I have been shown. For example, old soldiers wore shoes of brass to defend their feet against the gall-traps (three-pronged metal pieces) and sharp sticks, which were wont to be laid privily in the way, to obstruct the marching of the enemy, those who fell upon them being unfit to march. This is a preview of what is to be revealed, and not to be taken lightly as the enemy is going to tempt you, be prepared to be outfitted for battle. Please note the Holy Spirit has removed the kid gloves and is providing us with Warfare weaponry, Armory and how to use it. “Are you ready”?
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father in humility and awe I approach your throne to place this petition before you for all who have taken on the armor of light in preparation for our future battles in the spirit. I ask Father for the placing of courage in their hearts the removal of fear through your knowledge, compassion, and love for all your children. Place in them Father your desire to serve as faithful soldiers bearing the protection and weapons, you have made available for us Lord through the Holy Spirits guidance and teachings. This I pray in your name in the name of Yeshua, Amen, and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
The past articles have brought us to the position we are currently in, preparing or actually engaging in spiritual battles preserving our salvation or assisting others to find their footing in Salvation. We have received instructions from the Holy Spirit and the Apostles of what we must be doing and how we should be doing it. What I personally am questioning is how to recognize the tools or weapons to conduct those battles as well how to actually use them when engaged in combat. I prayed and here is what I believe the Holy Spirit is providing as answers for our preparation.
On a personal note: “all previous articles have caused changes in my walk through the convictions found in researching and posting of the articles, I pray they have done the same for those reading them. God’s Blessings are attached to them all and meant for those who learn to discern, understand each one and their purpose. Bring conviction and change to your lives and walk in the Spirit.”
As a result of growing spiritually, I have as well recognized a deepening of my ability to discern, understand and know the subtle temptations the enemy is placing before me. The frequency of his attempts and the deepening of their appearance and depth of allure as my understanding is broadened. What I am now recognizing is how many followers of Yeshua are going into battle with fervency but being naked and without the Armor of God and are quickly disabled by the enemies “fiery darts.”
The temptations are just the tip of his assaults on us as Beacons and Fisher’s of Men once we enter into battle we are immediately hit with “fiery darts” of the evil, and as naked warriors, we suffer many casualties and multiple defeats which we should not.
My question is “Why are Gods Warriors not being prepared for battle?” Are modern day churches teaching how to protect yourselves when you enter the battle?” We are asked to shed the covering of evil bring our bodies into submission gaining control over them to walk in the light of God as warriors. However, without the proper armament, we become a target in the spot light, easy to hit easy to wound and to take out of the battle with “fiery darts.”
There is a saying in the Martial Arts which defines the individual’s position as a participant and at what level he will perform as a combatant. I believe this applies to all who would enter into a battle “Recognize your enemies strengths and weaknesses.” “Recognize your strengths, weaknesses, and level of ability and how to use them against your enemy.” I am paraphrasing these quotes from memory. However, I think their value will be understood and discerned.
What are these fiery darts? How can we recognize them or defeat them? I believe Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 – 1927) in her book “War on The Saints” on pages 216 – 217 gives us a detailed description of how they are loosed against us and how we can recognize them. “ If the man becomes “spiritual” through the Baptism of the Spirit, and yet is ignorant of the laws of the spirit, especially the tactics of Satan, he is liable to yield to an onslaught of deceiving spirits. When the believer understands these direct assaults of wicked spirits, he becomes able to discern the condition of his soul, and to retain control over it, refusing all weights and pressure to drive it below the usual poise, in which it is capable of cooperation with the Spirit of God.”
In Ephesians 6: 10 – 18 Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) comments on the Apostle Pauls instruction to all followers of Yeshua to participate in the following in order I believe to be prepared to go into spiritual warfare armed and protected. Keep this in mind this information is going to be of very particular importance. Even if you choose not to take on the mantle of a “Fisher of Men,” and just continue working out your own Salvation: v10: “Finally, my brethren, be active in the Lord, and in the power of His might. v11: Put on the whole armor of God, that ye be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. v12: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. v13: Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. v14: Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. v15: And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. v16: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. v17: And take the helmet of Salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: v18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Is not our life a warfare? It is so, for we struggle with the frequent calamities of human life. Is not our spiritual walks much more a warfare? It is, for we struggle with the opposition of the powers of darkness, and with many enemies who would keep us from God and heaven. Now it is requisite that a soldier is both stout-hearted and well armed. If followers are soldiers of Yeshua.
They must see that they are stout-hearted. This is prescribed here: be strong in the Lord, &. Those who have such battles to fight, and who in their way to heaven, must dispute every pass, with the dint of sword, have need of a great deal of courage. Let a soldier be ever so well armed without, if he has not within a good heart, his armor will stand him in little stead. Note, spiritual strength and courage are essential for our spiritual warfare. Be strong in the Lord, either in his cause and for his sake or rather in his power.
Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 – 1927) in her book “War on The Saints” on page 217 further describes the importance what Paul points out in Ephesians 6:12 who it is we really are battling with and how powerful and skilled they are as opponents. We need to recognize we are no match for this enemy when we step away from the leading of the Holy Spirit and Yeshua. I believe Ms. Lewis in her description of the enemy shows our weaknesses against them, however as well how to defeat them using the armor of God. This comes down to knowing your enemy as well your limitations and working with both to obtain victory.
” The influence on the human spirit by evil spirits counterfeiting the Divine workings, or even the workings of the man himself, because he is out of co-working with the Holy Spirit, needs to be understood and detected by the believer who seeks to walk with God. He needs to know that because he is spiritual his “spirit” is open to two forces of the spiritual realm if he thinks that only the Holy Spirit can influence him in the spiritual sphere, he is sure to be misled. If it were so, he would become infallible, but he needs to watch and pray seek to have his eyes of understanding enlightened to know the actual workings of God
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) re-enforces Ms. Lewis’s statements we have no power in ourselves “We have no sufficient strength of our own. Our natural courage is as perfect cowardice, and our natural strength as a perfect weakness but all our sufficiency is of God. We must fetch in grace and help from heaven to enable us to do that which of ourselves we cannot do, in our Christian work and warfare.
To further understand what both are talking about Jesse Penn Lewis (1861 – 1927) in her book “War on The Saints” on page 218 ” gives us a description of some of our enemies tactics. She first states “ Some of the laws governing the spirit life may be summarized briefly as follows: 1). The believer must know what spirit, is and how to give heed to the demands of the spirit, and not quench it. 2). He should be able to read his spirit and know at once when it is out of cooperation with the HOLY SPIRIT, refusing all attacks which are drawing his spirit out of poise of fellowship with God. 3). He should know when his spirit is touched by the poison of the spirits of evil; by the injection, for instance, of sadness, soreness, complaint, grumbling, fault finding, touchiness, bitterness, feeling hurt, jealousy, etc. all direct from the enemy to the spirit. He should resist all sadness, gloom and grumbling injected into his spirit, for the victory life of a freed spirit means joyfulness (Gal.5:22). Believers think that sadness has to do with their disposition, and yield to it without a thought of resistance or reasoning out the cause. If they are asked if a man with a strong disposition to steal should yield to it, they would at once answer “no,” yet they yield to other dispositions” less manifestly wrong, without question. In the stress of conflict, when the believer finds that the enemy succeeds in reaching his spirit with any of these “fiery darts” he should know how to pray immediately against the attack asking God to destroy the cause of it. Note: that this touching of the spirit by the various things just named is not the manifestation of the “works of the flesh. When the believer is one who knows the life after the spirit; although they will quickly reach the sphere of the flesh if not recognized, and dealt with in sharp refusal and resistance. 4). He should know when his spirit is in the right position of dominance over soul and body, and yet not driven beyond due measure by the exigencies of conflict or environment. There are three conditions of the spirit which the believer should be able to discern and deal with, i.e., 1). The spirit depressed crushed or “down.” 2). the spirit in its right position in poise and calm control. 3). The spirit drawn out beyond “poise,” or in “flight.” When the man walks after the spirit and discerns it to be in either of these conditions. He knows how to “lift” it when it is depressed; and how to check the over-action by a quiet act of his volition, when it is drawn out of poise by over-eagerness, or drive of spiritual foes.
We have just had the foundation of how important putting on the whole armor of God is and some insight of how the enemy is going to attack us and the effectiveness of the armor. Also if you have the armor on and don’t have your walk in the right place otherwise a fervent heart for Yeshua, you might as well not put it on. So we need the whole outfit to withstand the wiles of the enemy and join the front line. Remember Jesse Penn Lewis advised we need to connect spiritually with Yeshua in Heaven. Well, Our enemies strive to prevent our spiritual ascent to heaven, to deprive us of those heavenly blessings and obstruct our communion with Yeshua. As the archangel, Michael contended with the devil over the body of Moses (Jude 1:9). We must recognize and deepen our faith to partake in our Spiritual Warfare as we grapple with our spiritual enemies. And have faith in our Christian work because we have the spiritual strength to fetch in. To recognize our danger and through God’s grace not yield to Satan Resist him and he will flee. If in any way we distrust our cause or leader or the armor we give Satan the advantage. We must in all cases withstand his assaults stick it out to the end of the battle having done that as soldiers of Yeshua the warfare will be accomplished, and we shall be victorious. To understand how to use the armor both offensive and defensive here is Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) giving a description piece by piece ” The military girdle or belt, the breast plate the greaves ( or soldiers shoes), the shield, the helmet, and the sword. There is none for the back if we turn our back upon the enemy, we lie exposed. Truth or sincerity is our girdle (Ephesians 6:14). It was prophesied of Yeshua (Isaiah 11:5) that righteousness should be the girdle of his loins and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. That which Yeshua was girdled with all Christians must be girded with. God desires truth, that is, sincerity, in the inwards parts. Righteousness must be our breast-plate. The breast-plate secures the vitals, shelters the heart. The righteousness of Yeshua imputed to us is our breastplate against the arrows of divine wrath. It fortifies the heart against the attacks which Satan makes against us. The breastplate of faith and love include all Christian graces for by faith we are united to Yeshua and by love to our brethren. These will infer a diligent observance of our duty to God, and an honorable deportment towards men, in all the offices of justice, truth, and charity.
Resolution must be the greaves to our legs. The preparation of the gospel of peace signifies a prepared and resolved frame of heart, to adhere to the doctrine and abide by it, which will enable us to walk with a steady pace in the way of religion, notwithstanding the difficulties and dangers that may be in it. Faith must be our shield: above all, or chiefly taking the shield of faith (Eph 6:16). This more necessary than any of them. Faith is all in all to us in an hour of temptation. The breast-plate secures the vitals, but with the shield, we turn every way. This is the victory over the world, even our faith. We are to be fully persuaded of the truth of all God’s promises and threatenings, such as faith being of great use against temptations. Faith, as receiving Yeshua and the benefits of redemption, so deriving grace from him, is like a shield, a sort of stellar defense. Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell, are the darts which Satan shoots at us. Faith is the shield with which we must quench these “fiery darts,” wherein we should receive them, and so render them ineffectual, that they may not hit us, or at least that they may not hurt us. Faith acted upon the word of God and applying that, acted upon the grace of Christ and improving that, quenches the darts of temptation.
Salvation must be our helmet (Eph.6:17) that is, hope, which has salvation for its object so (1Thess.5:8). The helmet secures the head. A real hope of Salvation. Well-founded and well built, will both purify the soul and keep it from being defiled by Satan, and it will comfort the heart and keep it from being troubled and tormented by Satan. He would tempt us to despair, but real hope keeps us trusting in God, and rejoicing in Him.
The word of God is the Sword of the Spirit. The sword is a vital, and useful part of a soldier’s furniture. The Word of God is essential, and of great use to the Christian, to his maintaining the spiritual warfare and succeeding in it. It is called the sword of the Spirit because it is the Spirit’s inditing and he renders it efficacious and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword. Scripture arguments are the most persuasive arguments to repel temptation with. Christ himself resisted Satan’s temptations with, It is written, (Matt. 4:4,6,7,10).
Prayer must buckle on all the other parts of our Christian armor, (Eph. 6:18) We must join prayer with all these graces, for our defense against these spiritual enemies, imploring help and assistance of God, as the cases require: and we must pray always.
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
Here, we have been shown how to take off the clothes of evil and replace them with the armor of God. These pieces of armor have come with very explicit instructions on how to wear them and how to use them once in place as well just how powerful they are. We also learned that if our hearts are not sincere, the armor is useless. Please recognize there is no middle ground you cannot be luke warm and remain on the narrow path to Life and Eternity.
I realize there will be those who will read this either part way and fall into their own minds of believing the Worldly teachings God is Love and protects all of His children once they are born again and baptized. One thing they forget we are instructed to work out our Salvation daily, and there are no exceptions not even Apostles were exempt. Earlier I said there are many wounded and disabled Christians know this on your journey you will see them on the broad path waving their swords ineffectively but believing they are in the real battle. I say “cast your nets in their direction in the hope they will see the pure light and true freedom as they are fallen comrades needing guidance, correction, and help.
Jesse Penn-Lewis (1861 – 1927) brings this warning to all no matter the length of time we have walked with our Lord if we are just having our eyes opened to the real spiritual world and the battles lying ahead, please recognize this is our most dangerous time. It is just here that the ignorance of the believer about (1). The spiritual world now opened to him, (2). The workings of evil powers in that realm, and (3). The conditions upon which God works in and through him gives the enemy his opportunity. It is the time of greatest peril for every believer, unless he is instructed and prepared, as the disciples were for three whole years by the Lord. The danger lies along the lines of supernatural “guidance,” through not knowing the condition of cooperation with the Holy Spirit, and how to discern the will of God.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Father, it is with a humility I approach your throne with this prayer of thanksgiving and appreciation for your guidance and teachings through the Holy Spirit. I thank you, Father, for the knowledge you have bestowed upon us and the lifting of the veils of darkness from our eyes so we are to discern the evil in our lives and who our real enemy is. We thank you, Father,, for providing us with your armor to face our enemy with and the instructions of how to use those weapon’s to remain safe in your service. We thank you, Father, for the very life we have and those things which enhance our walk reflecting your light into the darkness allowing us to remain casting our nets as”Fisher’s of Men.” This I pray in the name of Yeshua. Amen and Amen. Member, I am just a humble servant bringing this to you as a messenger of Yeshua. God’s blessings and God’s Speed.