April 8, 2021

Putting on the Armor of God

Putting on the Armor of God

As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle but that battle is at its fiercest at the abortion centers where innocent lives are destroyed. God has given us spiritual armor to help us in this intense battle. Join me as I teach through Ephesians 6:10-17...


As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle but that battle is at its fiercest at the abortion centers where innocent lives are destroyed. God has given us spiritual armor to help us in this intense battle. Join me as I teach through Ephesians 6:10-17 and how to put on the armor of God.

Transcript
WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.560 --> 00:00:05.759 I Am Yours, I am yours, I am yours s and me, 2 00:00:06.160 --> 00:00:11.589 Lord, I am yours. Welcome to the Gospel Center pray life podcast being 3 00:00:11.630 --> 00:00:15.230 on the sidewalk out an abortion center is really a battle and I think it's 4 00:00:15.230 --> 00:00:18.510 important that we put on the armor of God. Join me as a teach 5 00:00:18.589 --> 00:00:25.059 through putting on the whole armor of God. Stay tuned. I felt show 6 00:00:25.660 --> 00:00:38.770 passish, touch your heart. Use Welcome to the Gospel centered pray life podcasts. 7 00:00:38.810 --> 00:00:44.130 Appreciate you guys tuning in today. It's just me and hopefully this this 8 00:00:45.289 --> 00:00:49.969 episode will be pretty short. I'm going to be focusing on the armor of 9 00:00:50.079 --> 00:00:54.240 God and just kind of give you guys maybe a sneak peak and how I 10 00:00:54.399 --> 00:00:58.719 prepare for Ministry on the sidewalk. I know different folks prepare in different ways, 11 00:00:59.320 --> 00:01:02.920 but we always talk about preparation and talk about how you know you can't 12 00:01:02.920 --> 00:01:06.469 give what you don't have. And the people that we encounter at the abortion 13 00:01:06.590 --> 00:01:11.349 center, they need Jesus, they need the Lord, they need vital relationship 14 00:01:11.390 --> 00:01:15.510 with Jesus and we can't give that if we don't have it. So one 15 00:01:15.549 --> 00:01:18.069 of the things I would say, by the way of preparation, first and 16 00:01:18.189 --> 00:01:22.459 foremost is you need to have a relationship with Jesus, and I trust that 17 00:01:22.659 --> 00:01:25.500 you guys who are listening to this podcast, you have a relationship with the 18 00:01:25.540 --> 00:01:27.859 Lord. You love the Lord, you know him. But we also have 19 00:01:27.939 --> 00:01:33.250 to be intentional about cultivating our relationship with Jesus. So we need to be 20 00:01:33.370 --> 00:01:37.569 ourselves in prayer, we need to be in the word ourselves even before we 21 00:01:38.450 --> 00:01:41.609 are going to the abortion center, before we even consider going to the abortion 22 00:01:41.650 --> 00:01:45.329 center, we need to have the word of God in us. That doesn't 23 00:01:45.329 --> 00:01:49.760 mean we need to have it all figured out perfectly and all the theological aspects 24 00:01:49.879 --> 00:01:52.959 that that can be known, that we need to know them. I'm not 25 00:01:53.079 --> 00:01:57.000 saying that. But we do need to have a solid foundation in the word 26 00:01:57.040 --> 00:02:00.000 of God. We need to have a solid foundation in a relationship with God, 27 00:02:00.629 --> 00:02:04.870 because, again, you can't give what you don't have. And so 28 00:02:04.950 --> 00:02:07.909 as far as preparation is concerned, that's the most important preparation right that we 29 00:02:08.270 --> 00:02:13.389 are in our relationship with the Lord, consistent in our walk with him, 30 00:02:14.509 --> 00:02:20.460 that we are in prayer and in the word and in fellowship with other believers. 31 00:02:20.500 --> 00:02:23.939 I think that's a that's a vital part of preparing our hearts for ministry 32 00:02:24.699 --> 00:02:29.900 is that we ourselves are being ministered to, obviously in our relationship with the 33 00:02:29.979 --> 00:02:34.449 Lord and he ministers to us through his word, but ministered to in the 34 00:02:34.530 --> 00:02:38.849 congregation, in the assembly of the saints. We need people sewing in our 35 00:02:38.930 --> 00:02:44.009 lives, pastors, leaders that are speaking the truth to us on a regular 36 00:02:44.050 --> 00:02:46.439 basis. Just like we need our daily bread in the word of God. 37 00:02:46.960 --> 00:02:53.400 We need regular fellowship with other believers that can, number one, hold us 38 00:02:53.400 --> 00:02:58.909 accountable if we start getting off the rails in some ways and that can encourage 39 00:02:58.949 --> 00:03:01.949 us. That's really what God's intention is with the body of Christ, as 40 00:03:01.990 --> 00:03:07.150 we're in the assembly of the saints, is accountability and encouragement, and so 41 00:03:07.830 --> 00:03:12.069 that's a that's a strong encouragement of that have for you guys as far as 42 00:03:12.110 --> 00:03:15.900 preparation is concerned and ministering out of a relationship with the Lord and also out 43 00:03:15.939 --> 00:03:22.699 of relationship with other believers. But I want to talk about the armor of 44 00:03:22.819 --> 00:03:27.099 God and putting on the armor of God. We're preyed up, we know 45 00:03:27.250 --> 00:03:30.569 the Lord, we're in his word. Praise God for that. But there's 46 00:03:30.610 --> 00:03:37.250 sometimes when I'm just very intentional and some of you guys may be listen to 47 00:03:37.330 --> 00:03:39.090 this and you think what I'm going to share is maybe a little weird, 48 00:03:39.129 --> 00:03:46.719 a little, I don't know, maybe a little super spiritual, little charismatic 49 00:03:46.759 --> 00:03:51.280 or whatever, and that's fine. I believe it's biblical. So I'm willing 50 00:03:51.360 --> 00:03:55.310 to have people misunderstand what I'm doing and all that. But you know too, 51 00:03:55.590 --> 00:04:00.669 I'm a handsone guy. You can tell me all day long, you 52 00:04:00.789 --> 00:04:04.469 can talk and you know I like to listen to preaching and listen to books 53 00:04:04.469 --> 00:04:09.150 and all that stuff, but really get it in me, I've got to 54 00:04:09.270 --> 00:04:13.979 do it. I've got to even act it out. Sometimes one of the 55 00:04:14.020 --> 00:04:17.100 most helpful things for me to be able to learn to do anything is to 56 00:04:17.180 --> 00:04:20.779 watch somebody. I watch youtube videos all the time. If I want to 57 00:04:21.139 --> 00:04:25.529 learn how to repair something around my house, I watch a youtube video about 58 00:04:25.529 --> 00:04:27.410 it. You know, I read an article about it or something like that, 59 00:04:27.529 --> 00:04:30.329 but it's like I gotta see it done and then I got to get 60 00:04:30.370 --> 00:04:32.089 my hands on it myself. And in the same way, you know, 61 00:04:32.129 --> 00:04:35.370 as we're talking about being spiritually prepared and even talking about putting me on the 62 00:04:35.449 --> 00:04:42.959 armor of God, I get really into it. I guess just to say 63 00:04:43.279 --> 00:04:46.279 I'll be riding down the road. Just kind of queue in on what I'm 64 00:04:46.319 --> 00:04:49.000 talking about. As I'm headed to the abortion center, I'll be riding down 65 00:04:49.000 --> 00:04:54.110 the road and praying through the armor of God. I'll do this every time 66 00:04:54.149 --> 00:04:58.069 I got to the abortion center, but I try to be intentional about it, 67 00:04:58.230 --> 00:05:00.029 especially on the days where I know it'll be intense, like I'm Saturday's 68 00:05:00.149 --> 00:05:03.829 out here at the Latree Abortion Center in Charlotte. There's a lot of pro 69 00:05:03.870 --> 00:05:08.339 abortion, opposition and a lot of things that can just they can happen, 70 00:05:08.899 --> 00:05:14.220 even some really not nice police officers that are out here. Most of them 71 00:05:14.220 --> 00:05:16.779 are pretty nice, but some of them are not so nice. So it's 72 00:05:16.819 --> 00:05:19.379 a lot of spiritual warfare, a lot of stuff going on. So I 73 00:05:19.459 --> 00:05:24.129 like to be intentional, especially on Saturday's, putting on the armor of God 74 00:05:24.930 --> 00:05:30.250 and because said I'll do it physically, like praying through and putting on the 75 00:05:30.370 --> 00:05:33.529 helmet of salvation. So I'm going to, I guess, kind of give 76 00:05:33.569 --> 00:05:38.399 you guys a glimpse into what it might look like in my vehicle on the 77 00:05:38.439 --> 00:05:41.199 way to the abortion center, because that's how it is and I know they're 78 00:05:41.199 --> 00:05:46.439 probably people at the stoplight while I'm there going down the road and stopping at 79 00:05:46.480 --> 00:05:49.029 the stop like people look over at me like I'm some Weirdo doing some weird 80 00:05:49.350 --> 00:05:55.069 gestures with my hands, but to me it helps me because I'm that kind 81 00:05:55.110 --> 00:05:57.509 of guy, in the hands on kind of guy. And so as I'm 82 00:05:57.550 --> 00:06:02.430 praying through, certainly I'm praying through the scriptures, but I'm physically like kind 83 00:06:02.430 --> 00:06:06.259 of in an emotion of putting on my helmet or even the sword of the 84 00:06:06.339 --> 00:06:13.540 spirit, and I'm grabbing my sword and as I'm just praying through these different 85 00:06:13.579 --> 00:06:16.420 aspects of the armor of God, I'm doing physical gestures and things like that. 86 00:06:16.579 --> 00:06:20.290 That helped me to get into it and embrace the realities that the scripture 87 00:06:20.290 --> 00:06:26.490 speaks of. So I'm going to read real quick this scripture in a Fesian 88 00:06:26.569 --> 00:06:30.769 shapsticks wellknown passage of scripture. Many of you guys, maybe you do exactly 89 00:06:30.810 --> 00:06:32.240 what I'm talking about and you put on the armor of God and you like 90 00:06:32.600 --> 00:06:36.360 I heard some people say that they stand in the mirror and they do this, 91 00:06:36.600 --> 00:06:41.839 and okay, great, praise God for that, but maybe you have 92 00:06:41.920 --> 00:06:45.079 no idea what I'm talking about and maybe you've just kind of looked at this 93 00:06:45.120 --> 00:06:47.750 scriptures. I don't know, just one of those things that you teach kids 94 00:06:47.750 --> 00:06:50.750 about putting on the armor of God and Sunday school lessons at all that. 95 00:06:51.629 --> 00:06:57.829 But Paul, we have to understand Paul was a man who faced intense opposition. 96 00:06:58.670 --> 00:07:03.060 Intense opposition from socalled Christians, from Jewish people, from Romans, from 97 00:07:03.139 --> 00:07:08.620 all kinds of directions and, of course, from demons. This man was 98 00:07:08.699 --> 00:07:15.060 under intense spiritual attack a lot because he was advancing the Kingdom of God. 99 00:07:15.139 --> 00:07:17.250 And listen, guys, understand that when you begin to advance the Kingdom of 100 00:07:17.290 --> 00:07:23.209 God, there's going to be opposition. If there's no ammosition, then you 101 00:07:23.329 --> 00:07:26.329 need to check and see if what you're doing is actually of the Lord. 102 00:07:26.370 --> 00:07:30.199 If you're not receiving any opposition in your life, that doesn't mean you're going 103 00:07:30.279 --> 00:07:32.680 out and intentionally provoking people to make people angry at you. Of not talking 104 00:07:32.720 --> 00:07:38.279 about that, but I'm talking about opposition that comes because you're standing for righteousness. 105 00:07:38.519 --> 00:07:41.160 If you don't have any of that, then you might need to check 106 00:07:41.279 --> 00:07:45.149 of whether or not you're standing for righteousness, because if you're going against the 107 00:07:45.189 --> 00:07:47.870 principles of this world, Jesus said, if they hated me, then they 108 00:07:47.910 --> 00:07:51.430 will hate you. Also, the servant is not greater than the master. 109 00:07:51.550 --> 00:07:55.990 If they hated the master, then they're going to hate you too. Again, 110 00:07:56.189 --> 00:08:00.259 that's not us trying to be unnecessarily provocative and get people to hate us 111 00:08:00.300 --> 00:08:03.860 just to make ourselves feel more spiritual or something like that. That'd be really 112 00:08:03.899 --> 00:08:07.779 a perversion of what I'm talking about. But when you stand for righteousness, 113 00:08:07.420 --> 00:08:11.899 the world is going to stand against you and is not going to like you 114 00:08:11.019 --> 00:08:16.610 in certain areas, and so we need to have the armor of God on 115 00:08:16.529 --> 00:08:22.250 and again. Paul the Apostle knew this very well, receiving opposition from all 116 00:08:22.329 --> 00:08:26.800 angles, from all sides, and and of course that spiritual dynamic, and 117 00:08:26.839 --> 00:08:31.120 he talks about that here, as he shares with us in e fhesians chapter 118 00:08:31.240 --> 00:08:35.639 six, starting Verse Ten, Paul The Apostle says, finally, my brethren, 119 00:08:37.039 --> 00:08:39.159 be strong in the Lord and the power of his might. Put on 120 00:08:39.279 --> 00:08:43.590 the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles 121 00:08:43.710 --> 00:08:48.269 of the devil, against the tricker three of the devil, the wiles of 122 00:08:48.350 --> 00:08:52.230 the devil. If you think about whiles, I think about while Kyote back 123 00:08:52.350 --> 00:08:56.340 in the the merry melodies looney tunes cartoons, he was always going after the 124 00:08:56.419 --> 00:09:01.940 road runner and he was named while coyote because of his whiles. Right, 125 00:09:01.019 --> 00:09:05.899 he always set up traps and of course those traps always backfired on him, 126 00:09:05.899 --> 00:09:09.179 unfortunately for the enemy. He sets up traps and a lot of times we 127 00:09:09.299 --> 00:09:11.169 fall right into him. We're not as sneaky as the road runner. And 128 00:09:11.409 --> 00:09:16.769 so Paul is encouraging us to actually put on the armor of God so that 129 00:09:16.889 --> 00:09:20.169 we can stand against these whiles, so that the wily devil doesn't get us 130 00:09:20.169 --> 00:09:24.759 called in his trap. And so that's what he's talking about here in verse 131 00:09:24.840 --> 00:09:26.720 eleven. He goes on in verse twelve, for we do not wrestle against 132 00:09:26.840 --> 00:09:31.799 flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of 133 00:09:31.840 --> 00:09:37.720 darkness of this age, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. 134 00:09:37.559 --> 00:09:43.070 And so he's talking about the spiritual dynamic, that there are these demonic powers. 135 00:09:43.549 --> 00:09:48.029 And we always say abortion is the devil's pride and joy. We mean 136 00:09:48.110 --> 00:09:52.110 by that that this is something that the devil loves, right, he loves 137 00:09:52.190 --> 00:09:56.980 the destruction of the innocent. You Look at the story of Moses and how 138 00:09:56.539 --> 00:10:03.220 the devil really stirred up. I believe Pharaoh ultimately to have the the sons 139 00:10:03.700 --> 00:10:09.889 of the children of Israel killed and because he wanted to limit their population and 140 00:10:09.970 --> 00:10:13.649 want to keep them from rising up and and no longer being slaves, and 141 00:10:13.769 --> 00:10:16.610 so he killed them. And look at the time of Jesus and Herod, 142 00:10:16.649 --> 00:10:20.960 the King of Israel that time. How he had those killed, two years 143 00:10:22.000 --> 00:10:26.720 and younger around the time of Jesus, because of the folks that told him 144 00:10:26.759 --> 00:10:31.000 that there was this this king that was coming and that was actually ultimately going 145 00:10:31.000 --> 00:10:33.440 to take his throw. At least that was his fear. And so he 146 00:10:33.600 --> 00:10:39.029 kills those, those children, and those are just two manifestations among many manifestations 147 00:10:39.110 --> 00:10:43.350 of the devil trying to destroy the innocent, try to destroy the image of 148 00:10:43.429 --> 00:10:46.509 God. Rest really, that's what the devil is after. He can't, 149 00:10:46.909 --> 00:10:50.659 he can't hurt God, and so he tries to attack God in effigy. 150 00:10:52.100 --> 00:10:54.100 If you think about it, people do that to the United States of America, 151 00:10:54.139 --> 00:10:58.379 they do that to other countries and other leaders. They can't kill a 152 00:10:58.580 --> 00:11:01.299 leader, they can't destroy a country, and so they'll burn their flag and 153 00:11:01.379 --> 00:11:07.929 effigy or they'll burn a picture of that leader in effigy because it's symbolic of 154 00:11:07.210 --> 00:11:11.570 who they actually really want to hurt. And that's really what the devil does. 155 00:11:11.649 --> 00:11:13.850 He can't hurt the Lord and so he tries to destroy the image of 156 00:11:13.889 --> 00:11:20.759 God and and certainly this thing, abortion is the number one a way that 157 00:11:20.879 --> 00:11:24.840 the devil does this. He does this through other means, through drugs and 158 00:11:24.919 --> 00:11:28.759 alcohol, sex trafficking, process you should all these other things that attack the 159 00:11:28.840 --> 00:11:31.870 image of God, that that Mar the image of God. The Devil's involved 160 00:11:31.909 --> 00:11:39.789 in those things. But there is none more atrocious than abortion because we kill 161 00:11:39.950 --> 00:11:43.830 so many. Seventeen thousand babies are dying every week in the United States of 162 00:11:43.870 --> 00:11:48.860 America due to this one thing, abortion, and we share that tragic truth 163 00:11:48.899 --> 00:11:52.899 with the Church so that people understand that we, as the church, need 164 00:11:52.940 --> 00:11:56.379 to stand against this evil. And when you, when you do stand against 165 00:11:56.419 --> 00:12:00.940 this evil, the devil's going to come and he's going to oppose you and 166 00:12:01.059 --> 00:12:05.690 there's going to be these spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. So he's 167 00:12:05.730 --> 00:12:09.210 talking about the spiritual realm that are going to oppose you. Now, for 168 00:12:09.330 --> 00:12:13.289 some of you guys, this might sound a little weird. You've never really 169 00:12:13.330 --> 00:12:16.240 read a whole lot about spiritual warfare and there's a lot of cookiness out there, 170 00:12:16.279 --> 00:12:20.519 as it has to do with angels and Demons and and people think that 171 00:12:20.600 --> 00:12:24.320 they can you release angels into this situation or that situation, or they think 172 00:12:24.320 --> 00:12:28.919 that there's a demon behind every circumstance and behind every Bush and and you know 173 00:12:28.960 --> 00:12:33.269 I'm not getting into that. But if we deny the fact that there's a 174 00:12:33.350 --> 00:12:39.070 spiritual realm and that there's a spiritual battle, that there is a devil and 175 00:12:39.230 --> 00:12:43.299 that there are demons and yes, there are angels and there's a heavenly battle, 176 00:12:43.340 --> 00:12:48.259 you can read about it in Daniel Chapter Nine. I believe it's Daniel 177 00:12:48.259 --> 00:12:52.580 Chapters nine and ten, where you see just a glimpse of that spiritual battle 178 00:12:52.580 --> 00:12:54.700 and you see it all through scriptures. This this common thread, that there 179 00:12:54.820 --> 00:12:58.769 is this battle between light and darkness. If we deny that battle and we 180 00:12:58.889 --> 00:13:05.049 just think everything that is is in the realm of the natural then we deny 181 00:13:05.289 --> 00:13:09.250 a lot of the central truths of scripture. There is a spiritual battle, 182 00:13:09.690 --> 00:13:13.440 there is this kingdom of darkness that wants to advance and wants to blind the 183 00:13:13.600 --> 00:13:18.559 eyes of those who don't know the Lord and does blind their eyes and blinded 184 00:13:18.600 --> 00:13:22.759 our eyes at one point because we didn't know the Lord. So we have 185 00:13:22.879 --> 00:13:26.360 to understand there is a spiritual battle here and I really do believe, and 186 00:13:26.399 --> 00:13:28.830 I don't just say this because I'm part of this ministry, I say it 187 00:13:28.870 --> 00:13:33.710 because I believe it's true, that being on that front line at the abortion 188 00:13:33.830 --> 00:13:37.029 center is really the front line of the front line. There is spiritual warfare 189 00:13:37.149 --> 00:13:41.980 going on at a level that doesn't go on anywhere else in the world at 190 00:13:43.019 --> 00:13:46.460 the abortion clinics. These are places of sacrifice, these are places of death, 191 00:13:46.659 --> 00:13:50.500 these are places, again, where the image of God is destroyed on 192 00:13:50.620 --> 00:13:56.529 a massive scale and of course it grieves the heart of God and it delights 193 00:13:56.610 --> 00:14:01.129 the heart of the devil. And so they have, of course, where 194 00:14:01.210 --> 00:14:05.370 the enemy has these spiritual hosts of wickedness, the the and again, I'm 195 00:14:05.370 --> 00:14:09.009 not going to get into all the hierarchy of demons and all these theories about 196 00:14:09.049 --> 00:14:13.519 that, but just know that there is a there's a spiritual battle, and 197 00:14:13.600 --> 00:14:16.600 there's a kingdom of darkness and there's a kingdom of light, and we, 198 00:14:16.840 --> 00:14:20.720 because we belong to Jesus, have put ourselves on the side of the Kingdom 199 00:14:20.720 --> 00:14:24.990 of light. by His grace and by His mercy. And so Paul in 200 00:14:24.549 --> 00:14:28.190 Ephesians, chapter six, verse thirteen, continue gone, says therefore. It 201 00:14:28.269 --> 00:14:31.789 says the therefore, one man said. If you see therefore in scripture, 202 00:14:33.149 --> 00:14:35.710 you got to look back and see what it's there for. This, therefore 203 00:14:35.029 --> 00:14:39.539 is there. Is because he just said we don't wrestle against flesh and blood, 204 00:14:39.539 --> 00:14:41.340 against principalities and all these other things. So, because we don't wrestle 205 00:14:41.379 --> 00:14:46.460 against flesh and blood, but against principalities and and rulers of darkness and all 206 00:14:46.500 --> 00:14:52.250 of that, take up the whole armor of God. Now think we can 207 00:14:52.330 --> 00:14:56.250 make a lot of this word whole, the whole armor of God. You 208 00:14:56.330 --> 00:15:01.649 can maybe say, well, people just put on a partial covering of the 209 00:15:01.730 --> 00:15:05.649 armor of God. Maybe just you. Salvation is kind of what they focus 210 00:15:05.769 --> 00:15:07.399 on. Is just salvation and thank God he saved me, and that's it. 211 00:15:07.960 --> 00:15:11.360 And I could be the case and I think he is encouraging us to 212 00:15:11.480 --> 00:15:16.000 put on this armor of God, this whole armor of God. He talks 213 00:15:16.039 --> 00:15:20.360 about it in chapter six, verse eleven, and he talks about it again 214 00:15:20.399 --> 00:15:24.110 here in verse thirteen. Because of that, take up the whole armor of 215 00:15:24.190 --> 00:15:26.669 God. So we shouldn't miss any of these pieces. I guess we could 216 00:15:26.669 --> 00:15:28.669 sum it up in that we need to have all of these things, not 217 00:15:28.789 --> 00:15:33.509 just focus on one aspect that you may be able to withstand in the evil 218 00:15:33.549 --> 00:15:37.539 day, having done all to stand. So if you want to stand, 219 00:15:37.019 --> 00:15:41.820 put on the armor of God, Verse Fourteen. Stand, therefore, having 220 00:15:41.899 --> 00:15:46.620 girded your waist with truth. So real quick I'm and I do want to 221 00:15:46.659 --> 00:15:50.450 break down some main point of this podcast is I want to break down how 222 00:15:50.490 --> 00:15:54.210 I pray through these different aspects of the armor of God. And so here 223 00:15:54.250 --> 00:16:00.529 he first mentions this, this belt of truth, or some few. It 224 00:16:00.649 --> 00:16:07.080 says right here, gird your waste with truth. Okay, we're talking about 225 00:16:07.080 --> 00:16:10.279 a belt here. And physically, if we're looking at armor, and quite 226 00:16:10.320 --> 00:16:15.080 likely Paul speaking from the perspective of the Roman guards and the Roman soldiers and 227 00:16:15.159 --> 00:16:18.909 what they wore, if you have a belt, what does a belt do? 228 00:16:18.389 --> 00:16:21.990 Of course, in This Day and age and some folks don't wear a 229 00:16:22.070 --> 00:16:25.230 belt. It's unfortunate because you see their pants hanging around their ankles. It 230 00:16:25.870 --> 00:16:29.789 holds your pants up right. But you could really say in a sense it's 231 00:16:29.870 --> 00:16:34.379 the centerpiece, it's it's at the center of your body from head to toe 232 00:16:34.659 --> 00:16:41.059 right. It really ties everything together, and understanding this aspect is I'm putting 233 00:16:41.059 --> 00:16:42.700 on the belt of truth. I'll be praying. Lord. I put on 234 00:16:42.899 --> 00:16:47.490 your truth. God, I believe that your word is true and I believe 235 00:16:47.490 --> 00:16:51.289 that your truth holds all things together. And so, Lord, I put 236 00:16:51.370 --> 00:16:53.409 on this belt of truth because I know the enemy is going to speak lies. 237 00:16:53.809 --> 00:16:56.889 He's going to try to speak lies against me, he's going to try 238 00:16:56.929 --> 00:17:00.840 to speak lies against God's people, he's going to try to speak lies against 239 00:17:00.879 --> 00:17:04.039 those babies that are scheduled to die. He's already spoken lies. He's spoken 240 00:17:04.119 --> 00:17:07.519 lies into the hearts of these MOMS. And so, Lord, I know, 241 00:17:07.720 --> 00:17:11.240 because the devil has spoken lies, I need to put on the belt 242 00:17:11.319 --> 00:17:15.440 of truth, that I myself cannot be a deceiver, I myself cannot be 243 00:17:15.519 --> 00:17:18.829 a manipulator. I need to be serious about bringing your truth. And so, 244 00:17:18.069 --> 00:17:21.789 Lord, I put on the belt of truth. And so that's how 245 00:17:21.829 --> 00:17:26.029 I'll be praying through as I'm talking, talking about again these different aspects of 246 00:17:26.069 --> 00:17:30.019 the armor of God. And so put on the belt of truth, and 247 00:17:30.180 --> 00:17:36.339 he says goes on in verse fourteen, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 248 00:17:36.380 --> 00:17:40.380 and this is awesome, this breastplate of righteousness. And you probably, 249 00:17:40.460 --> 00:17:44.220 as I said that, already have a picture in your mind of a breastplate. 250 00:17:44.289 --> 00:17:48.730 You've seen Roman soldiers, maybe you've seen passion plays and stuff, as 251 00:17:48.769 --> 00:17:52.450 Roman soldiers are involved in that, of course, and other aspects. You've 252 00:17:52.450 --> 00:17:56.569 seen maybe the movie gladiator or some other movies where folks have these these breastplates 253 00:17:56.690 --> 00:18:03.240 on. It's a it's armor, right, it's metal, whatever metal it's 254 00:18:03.279 --> 00:18:06.759 made out of, probably iron or bronze or something like that that it would 255 00:18:06.759 --> 00:18:11.680 be made of in those times, this breastplate of righteousness. The picture here 256 00:18:11.559 --> 00:18:15.230 is that we have righteousness. Listen, guys, this, this notion, 257 00:18:15.430 --> 00:18:19.630 this idea that the children of God that were just center saved by grace, 258 00:18:19.829 --> 00:18:23.670 that were just were worms and we're dirt and we have no value in the 259 00:18:23.710 --> 00:18:26.779 sight of God, is not true, according to the scripture. Now, 260 00:18:27.140 --> 00:18:30.420 in and of ourselves, yes, we are worms. In and of ourselves, 261 00:18:30.660 --> 00:18:36.099 our righteousness, it is filthy rags. That's a reality. However, 262 00:18:36.299 --> 00:18:40.940 in Christ we have the righteousness of God. The Bible says that God made 263 00:18:40.980 --> 00:18:44.450 him. This is a second Corinthians five twenty one. It says that God 264 00:18:44.529 --> 00:18:48.609 made Him who knew no sin, that's Jesus, to be sin for us 265 00:18:48.769 --> 00:18:55.089 that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. And so if you're 266 00:18:55.089 --> 00:18:59.279 a child of God, you have righteousness. You are right chest. Now 267 00:18:59.440 --> 00:19:03.359 that righteousness is not a self righteousness. You're not righteous because you're so wonderful 268 00:19:03.359 --> 00:19:07.839 and so good and you've chosen to do everything right. No, you're righteous 269 00:19:07.920 --> 00:19:11.589 because of the righteousness of Christ. And when we talk about the breastplate of 270 00:19:11.630 --> 00:19:15.789 righteousness, understanding that we're putting on the righteousness of Christ. Now, we 271 00:19:15.869 --> 00:19:22.190 already have the righteousness of Christ, but we're mate making a conscious acknowledgement that 272 00:19:22.349 --> 00:19:26.619 the righteousness of Christ is our guard right, and that's really what he's talking 273 00:19:26.619 --> 00:19:30.420 about. You think about what does a breastplate do? Well, it protects 274 00:19:30.460 --> 00:19:33.859 all of your vital organs. Right, it's protects your heart, it protects 275 00:19:33.859 --> 00:19:37.690 your lungs, it protects your liver, your kidneys, even all of the 276 00:19:38.009 --> 00:19:41.970 vital organs that if somebody was to pierce those things, you would die very 277 00:19:42.009 --> 00:19:48.490 quickly. I think in particular, this helps us to guard our hearts because 278 00:19:48.529 --> 00:19:51.369 really, again, the enemy was going to speak lies and there's going to 279 00:19:51.410 --> 00:19:53.480 be people as you go out to the abortion center and you minister that's going 280 00:19:53.519 --> 00:19:56.359 to speak things against you. Mom's going in who are going to say you're 281 00:19:56.400 --> 00:20:00.000 just judging me and all these things that are just not true. You're a 282 00:20:00.079 --> 00:20:04.400 liar, your manipulator or whatever. These people are going to throw accusations and 283 00:20:04.519 --> 00:20:08.029 these things can really pierce your heart and they can really cause you to doubt 284 00:20:08.029 --> 00:20:11.910 your calling and and and doubt what you're even doing out there. So you 285 00:20:11.950 --> 00:20:15.990 have to put on the breastplate of righteousness to guard your heart. And so 286 00:20:15.029 --> 00:20:18.670 I'll do that again physically. I say, Lord, I put on the 287 00:20:18.750 --> 00:20:22.980 breastplate of righteousness. I acknowledge that my righteousness comes from you, that I 288 00:20:23.059 --> 00:20:27.099 am right in the sight of God because of what Jesus Christ has done, 289 00:20:27.380 --> 00:20:33.140 and I trust that righteousness to guard my heart from all of the stuff that 290 00:20:33.220 --> 00:20:34.890 the enemy wants to bring against me. And so I'm again, I'm putting 291 00:20:34.890 --> 00:20:38.369 on that breastplate of righteousness. Not all of these. I'm sure I could 292 00:20:38.369 --> 00:20:42.250 expound more and break it down more. I'm sure there's been a lot better 293 00:20:42.329 --> 00:20:47.089 Bible teachers than me that have broken down these different pieces of the armor of 294 00:20:47.130 --> 00:20:49.119 God. People that know historically all the ends and outs. I knew some 295 00:20:49.200 --> 00:20:52.559 of that stuff, but I'm sure you can find better teaching, but I'm 296 00:20:52.559 --> 00:20:55.079 just kind of giving you, guys, here's how I pray through. Here's 297 00:20:55.079 --> 00:20:57.799 how I think this through. So he talks again in verse fourteen about the 298 00:20:57.839 --> 00:21:03.839 Breastplate of righteousness. He goes on Verse Fifteen saying having Shod your feet with 299 00:21:03.960 --> 00:21:08.430 the preparation of the gospel of peace, these shoes that we're supposed to have 300 00:21:08.509 --> 00:21:12.470 shot our feet with or we're supposed to cover our feet with are so important 301 00:21:14.710 --> 00:21:18.549 the preparation of the gospel of peace. Listen, guys, this is a 302 00:21:18.700 --> 00:21:25.660 Gospel Ministry. We are not pro life activists. People call me that your 303 00:21:25.740 --> 00:21:29.900 pro life protester activists. No, I'm not. I'm a I'm a Minister 304 00:21:30.019 --> 00:21:33.009 of the Gospel. I just so happened to do it at an abortion clinic. 305 00:21:33.089 --> 00:21:34.849 That's where the Lord has called me to so that's where I do it 306 00:21:34.930 --> 00:21:38.529 at. And we have to understand that our motivation needs to be bringing the 307 00:21:38.569 --> 00:21:41.930 Gospel. If you're motivated because you you feel like you're called to be some 308 00:21:42.009 --> 00:21:45.970 kind of pro life activist or something like that, I believe you're I believe 309 00:21:45.009 --> 00:21:49.039 you're coming short of the intention of God. I believe you're selling yourself short 310 00:21:49.079 --> 00:21:52.759 and you're selling God short. This thing is not just about ending abortion and 311 00:21:52.839 --> 00:21:57.240 and saving babies. This is about bringing the Gospel to people that don't know 312 00:21:57.559 --> 00:22:02.670 God, to people who are in darkness, who are under these the power 313 00:22:02.710 --> 00:22:06.430 of these spiritual hosts of wickedness that Paul Talks about there in verse twelve. 314 00:22:07.109 --> 00:22:10.750 And so we've got to have have our feet shod with the preparation of the 315 00:22:10.750 --> 00:22:14.430 gospel of peace that we are coming to bring the Gospel. And I'll simply 316 00:22:14.670 --> 00:22:17.660 just say if you don't know how to share the Gospel, you ought to 317 00:22:17.819 --> 00:22:19.339 know how to share the Gospel. And I think we've said it time and 318 00:22:19.420 --> 00:22:22.460 time again, Vicky and I both that if you don't know how to share 319 00:22:22.460 --> 00:22:26.900 the Gospel, look at Ray Comfort stuff. He has stuff on Youtube. 320 00:22:26.940 --> 00:22:30.809 He has, I'm out of see, probably hundred thousands of videos of him 321 00:22:30.809 --> 00:22:33.490 sharing the Gospel with people one on one. He's even got a training course 322 00:22:33.569 --> 00:22:37.609 the way of the master, where he shares with you how to share the 323 00:22:37.650 --> 00:22:41.730 gospel effectively, how to do it biblically. You need to be prepared to 324 00:22:41.809 --> 00:22:45.359 share the Gospel quite possibly many of you that are listening are, but if 325 00:22:45.400 --> 00:22:48.519 you're not, get prepared to share the Gospel. We've done podcast about that. 326 00:22:48.680 --> 00:22:52.720 How we share the Gospel at abortion centers. But there's all kinds of 327 00:22:52.799 --> 00:22:55.599 stuff out there that you can listen to, that you can take advantage of. 328 00:22:56.119 --> 00:23:00.069 Listen to Hell's best kept secret by Ray Comfort that as a I mean 329 00:23:00.150 --> 00:23:03.589 when you get saved. I think it should be like a requirement everybody listens 330 00:23:03.630 --> 00:23:06.589 to that message, hell's best kept secret when they get saved, so that 331 00:23:06.710 --> 00:23:10.509 they can understand the motivation behind sharing the Gospel, how to share the Gospel 332 00:23:10.630 --> 00:23:15.660 biblically and effectively, understanding that we're out there not just to ind abortion, 333 00:23:15.420 --> 00:23:18.539 not just to say babies, and I don't want to minimize that. Saving 334 00:23:18.579 --> 00:23:23.619 babies is obviously very important. It's why we're there in the sense that they're 335 00:23:23.619 --> 00:23:29.569 killing babies inside of there. But our ultimate motivation, or ultimate ministry, 336 00:23:29.930 --> 00:23:33.450 I guess I would say, is, is bringing the Gospel, and the 337 00:23:33.490 --> 00:23:37.609 Gospel changes the heart of a mother of ortion is no longer an option for 338 00:23:37.690 --> 00:23:41.250 her right. And so he goes on. After he talks about feet shod 339 00:23:41.329 --> 00:23:44.079 with the preparation of the gospel of peace. And he says here in Verse 340 00:23:44.160 --> 00:23:49.319 Sixteen, Above all taking the shield of faith, taking the shield of faith, 341 00:23:51.759 --> 00:23:56.190 this shield of faith. And what is it? Faith then? Faith 342 00:23:56.269 --> 00:24:00.950 in our own ability, faith in how smart we are, how we can 343 00:24:00.710 --> 00:24:04.349 do apologetics very well. We've studied apologetics. Would ever, know that's not 344 00:24:04.470 --> 00:24:07.670 what our faith is in. Our faith has to be in the Lord and 345 00:24:08.710 --> 00:24:11.660 our faith has to be in the word of God. Listen what he says. 346 00:24:11.700 --> 00:24:15.940 He says above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you 347 00:24:15.980 --> 00:24:19.980 will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. I 348 00:24:21.579 --> 00:24:25.609 talked a little bit about these, these wiles of the devil, these fiery 349 00:24:25.609 --> 00:24:29.210 darts, these things that the enemy tries to fling at you. The devil 350 00:24:29.289 --> 00:24:33.210 wants these fiery darts to Pierce your heart, he wants them to penetrate your 351 00:24:33.329 --> 00:24:40.279 body so that these fiery darts ultimately catch you in flames, right to torment 352 00:24:40.400 --> 00:24:44.720 you, to cause you problems, ultimately to neutralize you from the battle. 353 00:24:44.799 --> 00:24:48.000 Listen, if the devil can't do anything but just make you doubt and and 354 00:24:48.319 --> 00:24:52.910 and not have confidence in the Lord and not have confidence in his truth, 355 00:24:52.230 --> 00:24:55.869 he'll be happy to do that, just to neutralize you from the battle. 356 00:24:56.589 --> 00:24:59.869 But we've got to uphold this shield of faith. What the Bible tell us? 357 00:25:00.269 --> 00:25:03.150 Faith is the substance. This is Hebrews Chapter Eleven. Faith is the 358 00:25:03.349 --> 00:25:07.859 substance of things. Hope for the evidence of things not seen. Faith, 359 00:25:08.220 --> 00:25:11.299 and it goes on to say by faith we believe that God created the world. 360 00:25:11.779 --> 00:25:15.500 These things that we believe. And look at the men and women of 361 00:25:15.619 --> 00:25:19.019 God in the Bible but also in the history of the church. These are 362 00:25:19.140 --> 00:25:25.289 people that upheld the shield of faith. They believed God, not just things 363 00:25:25.329 --> 00:25:29.049 about God, but they actually believed God. They put their trust in the 364 00:25:29.210 --> 00:25:33.170 Lord. Now, the basis of our trust in the Lord is his word. 365 00:25:33.690 --> 00:25:37.519 That's why I say we need to be in his word. This, 366 00:25:37.720 --> 00:25:44.799 this shield of faith is is basically crafted by as much as we trust in 367 00:25:44.880 --> 00:25:48.559 the Lord, the more we trust in God through his word, the the 368 00:25:48.720 --> 00:25:51.390 thicker our shield gets, so to speak. So you got to be getting 369 00:25:51.430 --> 00:25:56.029 the word in you. I really encourage you be listening to messages, to 370 00:25:56.150 --> 00:26:00.230 preachers that are preaching from the Bible, but also obviously being in the scripture, 371 00:26:00.549 --> 00:26:03.500 listening to the scripture, getting the word of God in you so that 372 00:26:03.579 --> 00:26:07.900 when the enemy comes and I've seen this happen a lot where I get accusations 373 00:26:08.539 --> 00:26:12.660 pro abortion people here in Charlotte. They've said some pretty just nasty things about 374 00:26:12.740 --> 00:26:18.460 me, about my family, about up my kids all this other stuff, 375 00:26:18.500 --> 00:26:22.089 and they'll bring an accusation again. They're just a mouthpiece for the devil. 376 00:26:22.210 --> 00:26:25.410 My battle's not against them, it's against the devil, and so I know 377 00:26:25.529 --> 00:26:30.650 that they're a mouthpiece for him and when I oppose what they say, I'm 378 00:26:30.690 --> 00:26:33.960 opposing with the with the enemy speaking through them. So they might say things 379 00:26:33.039 --> 00:26:37.319 like, and I've heard him say this, you're a horrible dad. How 380 00:26:37.359 --> 00:26:38.799 in the world could you ever bring your kids out here? Because I brought 381 00:26:40.079 --> 00:26:45.000 bring my kids out sometimes, and or when I don't bring my kids out, 382 00:26:45.000 --> 00:26:47.789 they've told me you're a horrible dad, leaving your kids at home alone, 383 00:26:47.829 --> 00:26:51.829 which obviously they're not. They're just bringing false accusations. But I hope 384 00:26:51.910 --> 00:26:55.509 hold that shield of faith and say no. By faith God has changed my 385 00:26:55.670 --> 00:26:59.069 heart. His word is in me. By faith I'm a good father. 386 00:26:59.150 --> 00:27:02.660 I've taken the principles of God's Word by His grace and applied them in my 387 00:27:02.740 --> 00:27:08.019 family. So I combat that lie and I will even directly contradict their lies 388 00:27:08.420 --> 00:27:11.900 when they speak them. I'm intentional about they say I'm this, I'll say 389 00:27:11.940 --> 00:27:15.170 no, the word of God says I'm this. So I'm upholding that shield 390 00:27:15.170 --> 00:27:18.849 of faith, but I also wielding the sword of the spirit, which we'll 391 00:27:18.890 --> 00:27:22.650 talk about in just a second. But understanding that, the shield of faith 392 00:27:22.170 --> 00:27:27.809 it is. It is thickened by our trust in the Lord and US knowing 393 00:27:27.970 --> 00:27:32.440 him. You can't trust somebody that you don't know, right. So we 394 00:27:32.559 --> 00:27:37.200 need to be in God's word, really strengthening our faith in him as we 395 00:27:37.279 --> 00:27:40.400 get to know him more and more, and then we'll be able to quench 396 00:27:40.440 --> 00:27:42.720 the fiery darts of the wicked one, his fiery darts as he flings them 397 00:27:42.720 --> 00:27:47.470 at us. The words and other things that come against us will be quenched, 398 00:27:47.869 --> 00:27:52.549 extinguished by this shield of faith. Praise the Lord, all right, 399 00:27:52.589 --> 00:27:56.869 verse seventeen, and take the helmet of salvation, the helmet of salvation and 400 00:27:57.660 --> 00:28:02.660 our this is probably as I'm praying through. Probably start with that piece. 401 00:28:02.700 --> 00:28:06.220 I kind of start from the head and work my way down. It's kind 402 00:28:06.220 --> 00:28:08.420 of how I pray through. It's not necessarily the order to this is given 403 00:28:08.579 --> 00:28:11.660 here in the scripture, but I pray through in this way because it just 404 00:28:11.700 --> 00:28:15.569 helps me and engage my mind more. And so I pray. Lord, 405 00:28:15.609 --> 00:28:21.490 I put on the helmet of salvation. Salvation belongs to you, Old Lord, 406 00:28:22.089 --> 00:28:26.769 but you've given salvation to me because of what Jesus Christ is accomplished for 407 00:28:26.849 --> 00:28:30.319 me. And so I put this helmet of salvation on. And what does 408 00:28:30.319 --> 00:28:33.680 a helmet do? It guards your head, and so the breastplate of righteousness, 409 00:28:33.720 --> 00:28:40.400 it guards your heart from stuff sinking into your emotions and just messing things 410 00:28:40.440 --> 00:28:42.829 up emotionally. But the devil wants to get into your head, to the 411 00:28:42.950 --> 00:28:45.789 lies of the enemy. They want to seek into your head, they want 412 00:28:45.789 --> 00:28:51.029 to sink themselves into your head, and so this helmet of salvation is really 413 00:28:51.109 --> 00:28:55.390 helpful in keeping those lies out. And so there may be some lies that 414 00:28:55.390 --> 00:28:59.180 are spoken against us that you know you're not a good Christian. How can, 415 00:28:59.259 --> 00:29:02.339 how in the world could you judge me like this, because you know 416 00:29:02.500 --> 00:29:06.660 obviously you're not a good Christian in this and that all these lies and accusations 417 00:29:06.819 --> 00:29:10.170 to come. It's like, well, I'm not a good Christian in my 418 00:29:10.289 --> 00:29:14.529 own strength, but by God's grace he saved me he's given me his holy 419 00:29:14.690 --> 00:29:18.369 spirit and so, by His grace, I'm a believer in Jesus. His 420 00:29:18.529 --> 00:29:22.849 Salvation is begiven to me and I am a good Christian because what he's done 421 00:29:22.849 --> 00:29:27.160 in my heart, because of how he's transformed me. Again, salvation is 422 00:29:27.319 --> 00:29:33.480 not ours. I don't possess salvation. Know The Lord possesses me, and 423 00:29:33.640 --> 00:29:38.150 therefore I have salvation in the sense that I can look toward even now, 424 00:29:38.710 --> 00:29:42.670 I am saved and I can look toward the ultimate salvation of the Lord. 425 00:29:44.349 --> 00:29:48.670 So I put on this helmet salvation and confidence that the Lord's Word is true, 426 00:29:48.069 --> 00:29:52.509 that those that put their trust in him will be saved, and I 427 00:29:52.630 --> 00:29:55.539 stand against the lies and the wiles of the enemy and all the things that 428 00:29:55.619 --> 00:29:57.059 he wants to use to kind of pierce my mind and say, Nope, 429 00:29:57.380 --> 00:30:02.259 I belong to the Lord, and that's really this helmet of salvation. Think 430 00:30:02.299 --> 00:30:06.940 about it. In battle, the helmet often times will have even think about 431 00:30:06.980 --> 00:30:10.890 it. It's in terms of modern sports. Think about football, and they 432 00:30:10.890 --> 00:30:14.410 have on the helmet. What's on their helmet? Their team, right their 433 00:30:14.490 --> 00:30:17.170 team. There the colors of their team, their logo of their team, 434 00:30:17.650 --> 00:30:19.809 shows what team they belong to. This helmet of salvation shows what team we 435 00:30:19.890 --> 00:30:23.599 belong to. We belong to the to the Lord's team. Right, belong 436 00:30:23.680 --> 00:30:27.680 to the Lord's Army, and often times armies will have on their helmet certain 437 00:30:27.720 --> 00:30:33.799 designs and things like that that indicate what army they're a part of. And 438 00:30:33.000 --> 00:30:37.670 this really does establish for us our confidence in the Lord. We belong to 439 00:30:37.750 --> 00:30:42.869 him them because of his salvation. And then he says here in verse Seventeen, 440 00:30:42.990 --> 00:30:48.430 and the Sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, 441 00:30:48.630 --> 00:30:53.259 this is our this is our weapon. All these other things are protective gear, 442 00:30:53.940 --> 00:31:00.660 the shield, the helmet and breastplate, belt of truth, the feet 443 00:31:00.140 --> 00:31:03.650 shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, these shoes of the gospel 444 00:31:03.730 --> 00:31:07.609 of peace, but this sword, the sword of the spirit, it's our 445 00:31:07.690 --> 00:31:11.930 weapon. It's our offensive weapon to come against the enemies. We're not just 446 00:31:12.170 --> 00:31:18.839 called to be passive, we're not just called to be peace keepers, we're 447 00:31:18.880 --> 00:31:23.759 called to be peace makers. Difference between peace keepers and peace makers is passivity. 448 00:31:25.200 --> 00:31:29.599 A peace keeper as just somebody who's there just making sure things are going 449 00:31:29.680 --> 00:31:33.230 right and if things don't go so right, typically a peacekeepers going to going 450 00:31:33.269 --> 00:31:37.549 to hit the road right there just a presence, they're just a warm body. 451 00:31:37.589 --> 00:31:41.990 A peace maker is someone who's actively going out and making peace where there 452 00:31:42.069 --> 00:31:45.309 is no peace. They want to bring the peace of God, not through 453 00:31:45.390 --> 00:31:49.420 Brute Force, but through proclamation, as far as we're concerned, proclamation of 454 00:31:49.460 --> 00:31:53.099 the Gospel, proclamation of the truth of who God is, and so we 455 00:31:53.180 --> 00:31:56.619 can wield this sword of the spirit. It's understand guys. We're not called 456 00:31:56.740 --> 00:32:00.660 just to be passive. I see people and I've seen scenarios in which people 457 00:32:00.660 --> 00:32:04.049 are on the sidewalks at their abortion center and they're just kind of passive, 458 00:32:04.369 --> 00:32:07.569 just kind of hoping that people might come along and maybe take a loop piece 459 00:32:07.650 --> 00:32:10.490 of literature from them, somebody might come along and maybe engage in the conversation 460 00:32:10.609 --> 00:32:15.690 with them. They're just making themselves available to be there and listen. I 461 00:32:15.160 --> 00:32:20.240 appreciate what they're doing, but listen, we need to be active, we 462 00:32:20.400 --> 00:32:23.359 need to be on the offensive. When we see women going into the abortion 463 00:32:23.440 --> 00:32:27.680 center. We don't need to just suggest that they might want to come over 464 00:32:27.759 --> 00:32:30.509 and talk to us or suggest that they maybe want to take a piece of 465 00:32:30.549 --> 00:32:34.150 literatures or pulling into the driveway of the abortion center. No, we need 466 00:32:34.190 --> 00:32:37.230 to be confident. We need to be wielding the sword of the spirit. 467 00:32:37.269 --> 00:32:38.710 Hey, please come over and talk with me. Hey, I have information 468 00:32:38.869 --> 00:32:42.589 for you. What I've got to say is very important. Please come over 469 00:32:42.670 --> 00:32:45.339 here. This is part of this mindset of wielding the sword of the spirit. 470 00:32:45.660 --> 00:32:49.339 You know, the Apostle Paul didn't just kind of float around on a 471 00:32:49.420 --> 00:32:52.980 boat somewhere and maybe wherever he ended up, he might share the Gospel. 472 00:32:52.180 --> 00:32:55.940 Now, this guy had a mission in mind and where God sent him he 473 00:32:57.180 --> 00:33:00.970 went and he was very proactive, not passive, very proactive about sharing the 474 00:33:01.049 --> 00:33:06.529 Gospel, this offensive tool, the sword of the spirit. Paul wielded it 475 00:33:06.730 --> 00:33:09.849 wherever he went and whatever scenario he was given, whether it be to gentiles 476 00:33:09.890 --> 00:33:13.880 or to Jews, he would wield the sword of the spirit. He would 477 00:33:13.880 --> 00:33:15.920 be speaking the truth of God's word, and that's what we need to be 478 00:33:16.039 --> 00:33:20.319 doing as well, out there on the sidewalk. We need to be active, 479 00:33:20.559 --> 00:33:23.200 we need to be peacemakers, not just peacekeepers. We need to be 480 00:33:23.359 --> 00:33:27.950 standing and wielding the sword of the spirit. Listen, bring Your Bible to 481 00:33:28.069 --> 00:33:30.069 the abortion clinic. People might think that's a little weird, a little, 482 00:33:30.390 --> 00:33:35.309 you know, street preachery or whatever. WHO cared years. We need to 483 00:33:35.349 --> 00:33:37.029 have the word of God in us. We didn't have a copy of the 484 00:33:37.069 --> 00:33:42.339 word of God in our hands. There's times where a man who's that's happened 485 00:33:42.380 --> 00:33:44.539 to me several times, a man out in front of the abortion center, 486 00:33:44.579 --> 00:33:46.500 he's just milling around in the parking lot. I got my Bible in my 487 00:33:46.579 --> 00:33:49.420 hand say hey, man, come over and talk to me. I'm want 488 00:33:49.420 --> 00:33:53.779 to share some scripture with you. Listen these people, many of them are 489 00:33:53.940 --> 00:33:58.289 spiritually hungry, even though they don't realize, and you shart sharing the word 490 00:33:58.329 --> 00:34:01.009 of God. And I've gotten in some pretty indepth conversations, broken down some 491 00:34:01.450 --> 00:34:07.769 pretty complex theological truths with men and women at the abortion center and I got 492 00:34:07.849 --> 00:34:10.599 my Bible there. I really think less. Maybe I'm old school. Forty 493 00:34:10.679 --> 00:34:15.159 one years old, so I don't think I'm that old, but I'm kind 494 00:34:15.199 --> 00:34:16.760 of old school in this way. Is that I hate reading the Bible on 495 00:34:16.880 --> 00:34:21.360 my phone. I think it's I don't like. I don't think it's as 496 00:34:21.480 --> 00:34:24.230 good as if we have our Bible, Physical Bible, and even when we're 497 00:34:24.230 --> 00:34:27.789 out there on the sideway, having a physical Bible, you can open up 498 00:34:27.869 --> 00:34:30.429 to and show people what the Bible says. What the Scripture says, think 499 00:34:30.550 --> 00:34:35.389 the very powerful way to share the truth of God's word in that context. 500 00:34:35.909 --> 00:34:38.619 So I encourage you guys just with this and hopefully this was a blessing to 501 00:34:38.659 --> 00:34:43.420 you. Went actually a little longer than I thought of would, but you 502 00:34:43.500 --> 00:34:45.780 know, as always, want to encourage you guys to reach out to me, 503 00:34:45.699 --> 00:34:49.860 Danuel at Love Life Dot Org. I'd love to just encourage you along 504 00:34:49.900 --> 00:34:52.139 and loved you get you plugged in. Maybe you want to get trained to 505 00:34:52.179 --> 00:34:55.329 do sidewalk ministry. These past couple of podcasts that we've been doing about training 506 00:34:55.730 --> 00:35:00.130 have been really focused on the training that we do once a month, first 507 00:35:00.130 --> 00:35:02.369 Saturday of the month, and we've kind of who can each of those slides 508 00:35:02.449 --> 00:35:06.489 that we share in that training and broken them down and kind of get a 509 00:35:06.530 --> 00:35:08.639 little more in depth with those. And that's what this was as we talk 510 00:35:08.679 --> 00:35:14.239 about preparation and one of our slides we talked about preparation spiritual warfare and putting 511 00:35:14.239 --> 00:35:15.960 on the armor of God, and that's what this this podcast was designed to 512 00:35:16.000 --> 00:35:21.869 do, to help you and encourage you and equip you to equip yourself as 513 00:35:21.909 --> 00:35:24.110 you put on the armor of God. So hope it was a blessing to 514 00:35:24.150 --> 00:35:28.110 you. I hope you'll reach out to me let me know, maybe some 515 00:35:28.269 --> 00:35:32.150 suggestions for other podcasts, other episodes that you might have in your mind, 516 00:35:32.190 --> 00:35:36.820 and maybe things that we can cover, subjects that we can cover. Please 517 00:35:36.860 --> 00:35:43.179 share this podcast, please encourage other people with the podcast and until next time, 518 00:35:43.780 --> 00:35:54.570 God bless give me our love for love, give me our love for 519 00:35:54.809 --> 00:36:07.320 gratitude. I know it will cost me my life. Nothing's too precious in 520 00:36:07.599 --> 00:36:08.599 some you