WHAT GOD HAS MADE AVAILABLE TO US (1)
By his divine power, God has given us EVERYTHING WE NEED for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence NLT 2 Peter 1:3
I have highlighted those three words as it spells out to us all that is available to us through this glorious Salvation we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we know what we have, then we surely do not have a single excuse not to be able to live a godly life.
Unless a person is Biblically Discipled it could take many months if not years before he really knows what has been made available to him, and during this time, sadly there will be times of defeat and disappointment and discouragement, and when many give up and backslide. I sincerely believe that from day one of a new Believer’s Christian life he can begin to grow and move towards maturity, if a Discipler will come alongside him and walk with him. THIS SHOULD NOT BE THE IDEAL BUT THE NORM, when are we going to start doing it God’s way??????
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT GOD HAS MADE AVAILABLE FOR US?
- THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD Ephesians 6:10-18 NLT A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. The Message is worth looking at too:And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
(a) We need to quickly learn which piece of armour is needed
(b) PUT it on
(c) Learn how to use it.
- God has given us THREE CLEANSING AGENTS
(a) The Blood of Jesus to cleanse us 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. NKJV
(b) The Word of God Ephesians 5:26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word (rhema) NLT
(c) The Holy Spirit I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire NKJV
Fire to purify and sanctify.
Then God has prepared a special room WITH FOUR PIECES OF FURNITURE FOR US
Oh that God’s people would understand what the Whole Armour of God is and learn to put it on and use it, Oh that God’s people fully appreciated God’s cleansing agents and let them work more and more in us.
Please meditate on the above, feel free to message me, and ask me more.
We will look at the special room in our next blog.