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How the armour of God stopped a gun in my face

Wonderful testimony from kingintraining.


This was a living nightmare I will never forget. I don’t think anyone would.

One dark night in 2003, just before I moved to the States, my friend Wendy and I had planned to go out with some friends. We were all dressed up and off we went, she was driving. The plan was to fetch her new boyfriend first and go on from there. On the highway, twenty minutes from his house I got this terrible fear over me. Out of nowhere. This fear was taunting me about arriving at Luke’s house.

“Listen Wendy, when we get there, just tell him to get into the car and drive off. No chatting. Something doesn’t feel right.”

Lord, please protect us.

There was nothing sinister going on. The stars were out, the highway was clear. But this horrible sense of foreboding would not leave me. I tried not to harp on…

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Preparing to Resist

Matthew 4:1-11 tells about Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness and then being tempted by the devil there. When Satan came with his temptations, Jesus stood fast in the truth. He trusted God the Father and didn’t lean on His human understanding. The tempter quoted Scripture, but he used it for his own ends instead of as God intended. Jesus “rightly divided the Word of truth” and withstood the temptations.

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So how did Jesus know when to use which verse to resist temptation? He knew because He knew the heart of the Scripture. He’d learned the Scriptures as a boy, but He learned more than just words. He learned the intent and the depth of the words. Then when He spent that focused time with His Father during His fast, His discernment was sharpened, and He was refreshed in the Holy Spirit. When the devil finished his tempting, angels came and ministered to Jesus.

When the enemy comes knocking in my points of vulnerability, I want to be like Jesus in being close to the Father with His full spiritual armor on so I can stand in the evil day. Whatever I face, may I know in the depths of my heart, beyond doubt, that God is good, and His ways are best. (See also, Proverbs 3:5-6, 2 Timothy 2:15, and Ephesians 6:1-10.)   armor-z1

Because Your Word is true,

And Your ways are best,

Jesus let me obey You

No matter what the test.

Be Lord of all my life,

Of all I say and do.

Work in my heart, Spirit of Christ,

To make me more like You.

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Hearing the Right Shepherd

Jesus said that His sheep know His voice, and they won’t follow the voice of another (John 10:4-5). Sometimes, though, I do seem to listen to and even follow other voices such as that of the world or my flesh or the devil.

The world views life without God’s perspective. It shouts at every turn, “It’s all about me.” The flesh wants everything instantly and seeks comfort, ease, and importance. It makes excuses for my sin. The devil lures with temptation, then heaps on guilt and condemnation when I’ve succumbed. He twists scripture into palatable untruth so I end up believing his lies instead of God’s truth.

Yes, Jesus’ sheep hear His voice. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He (Jesus) was the sacrifice that reconciled me to God. Now the Lord has claimed me as His own, so I’m definitely one of His sheep. No problem there.

But perhaps I’m not surrendered to Christ in every area of my life and have leaned on my own understanding instead of trusting God (Proverbs 3:5). As I draw closer to Him and yield more of myself to Him, I’ll walk more often by the Spirit and not fulfill the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

Or it may be that I’m not consistently putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17). The helmet of salvation would protect my head from the world’s thoughts. The belt of truth would keep me from swallowing the devil’s lies, and the shield of faith would fend off his temptations and condemnation. Also, the sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God) could cut flesh/world ideas from spirit ideas.

Finally, Hebrews 5:14 says that the mature person can discern good and evil because of practice. As I practice listening to Jesus more, I will know His voice better and will follow Him more closely.

Thank You, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, that You  keep working with us, Your sheep, so we can learn to hear Jesus clearly and follow close to Him.

NOTE: I have linked the Scripture references to Bible verses at Bible Gateway (BibleGateway.com). All except the Hebrews reference are New International Version. Hebrews 5:14 is in the Common English Bible.


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