PUTTING  ON  THE  WHOLE  AMOR  OF  GOD!


MOST  CHRISTIANS  KNOW  VERY  WELL  THAT  CHRISTIAN  LIFE  IS  NOT  ALWAYS  SMOOTH,  AND  AS  WE  SAY  “A  WALK  IN  THE  PARK”  ON  A  WARM  SUNNY  DAY.


CERTAINLY  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  MAKES  IT  VERY  CLEAR  THERE  IS  A  SPIRITUAL  ENEMY [WHO  HAS  UNTOLD  HELPERS]  WHO  IS  CALLED  SATAN  THE  DEVIL,  AND  HIS  HELPERS  CALLED  DEMONS.


THE  APOSTLE  PETER  TELLS  US  THIS  DEVIL  IS  WALKING  ABOUT  SEEKING  WHOM  HE  MAY  DEVOUR,  AND  WE  ARE  TO  RESIST  STEADFASTLY  IN  THE  FAITH [1 PETER 5: 8-9].


DOES  GOD  GIVE  US  THE  IMPLEMENTS  IN  THIS  SPIRITUAL  WAR,  TO  WIN  AGAINST  SUCH  A  POWERFUL  ENEMY?  


YES  INDEED  SO!  


OUR  FATHER  IN  HEAVEN  HAS  REVEALED  THROUGH  THE  APOSTLE  PAUL,  WHAT  ARMOR  AND  WEAPONS  WE  NEED  TO  FIGHT  THIS  FOE,  AND  KEEP  HIM  AT  BAY,  TO  WIN  THIS  BATTLE  AGAINST  HIM.


“FINALLY  MY  BRETHREN,  BE  STORNG  IN  THE  LORD,  AND  IN  THE  POWER  OF  HIS  MIGHT. PUT  ON  THE  WHOLE  ARMOR  OF  GOD,  THAT  YOU  MAY  BE  ABLE  TO  STAND  AGAINST  THE  WILES  OF  THE  DEVIL.

FOR  WE  WRESTLE  NOT  AGAINST  FLESH  AND  BLOOD  BUT  AGAINST …. RULERS  OF  THE  DARKNESS  OF  THIS  WORLD,  AGAINST  SPIRITUAL  WICKEDNESS  [WICKED  SPIRITS— MARGIN]  IN  HEAVENLY  PLACES [PRINCE  OF  THE  AIR - CHAP. 2:2].

WHEREFORE  TAKE  UNTO  YOU  THE  WHOLE  ARMOR  OF  GOD,  THAT  YOU  MAY  BE  ABLE  TO WITHSTAND  IN  THE  EVIL  DAY,  AND  HAVING  DONE  ALL  TO  STAND” [EPHESIANS 6: 10-13].


PAUL  THEN  GOES  ON  TO  TELL  US  WHAT  ARMOR  AND  WEAPONS  TO  PUT  ON.


“STAND  THEREFORE,  HAVING  YOUR  LOINS  GIRT  ABOUT  WITH  TRUTH!” [VERSE 14].


OUR  LOINS  CONTAIN  IMPORTANT  PARTS  OF  OUR  BODY—— KIDNEYS,  SPLEAN,  LIVER,  BOWELS,  BLADDER—— WELL  EVERYTHING  FROM  THE  HEART  DOWN  TO  OUR  HIPS.  THINGS  IF  NOT  FUNCTIONING  CORRECTLY  WILL  KILL  US  EITHER  SLOWLY  OR  REASONABLY  FAST.


THIS  PART  OF  OUR  BODY  PAUL  SAID  NEEDS  TO  BE  PROTECTED  BY  TRUTH!


AS  PILATE  SAID  TO  JESUS—— “WHAT  IS  TRUTH?”


JESUS  SUCCINCTLY  SAID,  “THY [GOD  THE  FATHER]  WORD  IS  TRUTH” [JOHN 17:17].


SO  THE  CHRISTIAN  BIBLE,  FROM  GENESIS  TO  REVELATION  IS  TRUTH!


AS  PAUL  WAS  INSPIRED  TO  SAY,  “ALL  SCRIPTURE  IS  GIVEN  BY  INSPIRATION  OF  GOD,  AND  IS  PROFITABLE  FOR  DOCTRINE,  FOR  REPROOF,  FOR  CORRECTION,  FOR  INSTRUCTION  IN  RIGHTEOUSNESS” [2 TIMOTHY 3:16].


THE  WORD  “TRUTH”  APPEARS  ABOUT  230  TIMES  IN  THE  KJV  BIBLE!


SO  THE  STUDY  OF  THIS  VERY  IMPORTANT  WORD  IS  NOT  SMALL— LET’S  TAKE  TIME  AND  STUDY  IT!


TRUTH— IMPORTANT  VERSES  FROM  THE  KJV  BIBLE


Ex. 34:6. And the Lord passed by before him and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.


Deut. 32:4. All his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.


Psa. 31:5. Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.


Psa. 33:4. For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.


Psa. 40:10. I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.


Psa. 51:6. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts.


Psa. 57:3 God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. 10. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.


Psa. 85:10. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.


Psa. 86:15. But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.


Psa. 89:14. Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.


Psa. 96:13. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.


Psa. 98:3. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel.


Psa. 100:5. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.


Psa. 108:4. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.


Prov. 12:19. The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.


Prov. 16:13. Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.


Isa. 25:1. O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.


Isa, 59:14. Truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. 15. Yea, truth faileth.


Isa. 65:16. That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth.


Jer. 5:3. O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth.


Dan. 4:37. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment.


Dan. 10:21. But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth.


Mic. 750. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.


John 1:14. And the Word was made flesh, and welt among us, (and we beheld bis glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


John 8:31. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him. If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


John 14:6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: 17. The Spirit of truth.


John 16:13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.


John 17:17. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth, 19. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.


John 18:37. Pilate therefore said unto him. Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 38. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? 


Rom. 25. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.


TRUTH  IS  A  PART  OF  GOD  JUST  AS  HOLINESS  IS.  GOD  IS  TRUTH;  HIS  WORD  IS  TRUTH.


ALL  THAT  WILL  BE  A  CHILD  OF  THE  HEAVENLY  FATHER,  MUST  LOVE  AND  DESIRE  AND  SEARCH  FOR  TRUTH;  THEY  MUST  SEARCH  THE  SCRIPTURES  FOR  TRUTH;  THEY  MUST  FIND  ALL  THE  VERSES  ON  ANY  SUBJECT  IN  THE  BIBLE  AND  SO  WILL  FIND  THE  TRUTH.


JESUS  SAID  WHEN  THE  SPIRIT  CAME [ON  THAT  PENTECOST  DAY  OF  ACTS  2];  IT  WOULD  GUIDE  HIS  FOLLOWERS  INTO  ALL  TRUTH.


WE  DO  NOT  FIND  ALL  THE  TRUTHS  OF  GOD  AT  ONE  TIME;  WE  MUST  ALWAYS  LET  THE  SPIRIT  GUIDE  US  INTO  ALL  TRUTH,  AS  GOD  THE  FATHER  DIRECTS.


TRUTH  IS  A  WEAPON  OF  PROTECTION  FROM  THE  LIES,  THE  DECEITS,  THE  ERRORS,  THE  FALSE  TEACHINGS  OF  SATAN  THE  DEVIL.


TRUTH  INDEED  DOES  SET  US  FREE!


THE  TRUTH  OF  GOD:


IS  ONE  OF  HIS  ATTRIBUTES—DEUT. 32:4; ISA. 65:16;


HE  KEEPS  FOREVER—PSA. 146:6


IS  ABUNDANT—EX. 34:6


IS  INVIOLABLE—NUM. 23:19; TIT. 1:2


IS  ENDURING  TO  ALL  GENERATIONS—PSA. 100:5


EXHIBITED  IN  HIS  WAYS—REV. 15:3


WORKS—PSA. 33:4; 111:7;  DAN. 4:37


JUDICIAL  STATUTES—PSA. 19:9


WORD—PSA. 119:160; JOHN 17:17


FULFILLMENT  OF  HIS  PROMISES  IN  CHRIST—2 COR.1:20


FULFILLMENT  OF  HIS  COVENANT—MIC. 7:20


DEALINGS  WITH  SAINTS—PSA. 57:3


PUNISHMENT  OF  THE  WICKED—REV. 16:7


IS  A  SHIELD  AND  BUCKLER  TO  SAINTS—PSA. 91:4


WE  SHOULD  CONFIDE  IN—PSA. 31:5;  TIT. 1:2


PLEAD  IN  PRAYER—PSA. 89:49


PRAY  FOR  ITS  MANIFESTATION  TO  OURSELVES—2 CHR. 6:17


PRAY  FOR  ITS  EXHIBITION  TO  OTHERS—2 SAM. 2:6


MAKE  KNOWN  TO  OTHERS—ISA. 38:19


MAGNIFY—PSA. 71:22; 138:2


IS  DENIED  BY  THE  DEVIL—GEN. 3:4,5


DENIED  BY  THE  SELF-RIGHTEOUS—1 JOHN 1:10


DENIED  BY  UNBELIEVERS—1 JOHN 5:10

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TRUTH— MORE:


THE  FRUIT  OF  THE  SPIRIT IS  IN  TRUTH—EPH. 5:9


MINISTERS  SHOULD  SPEAK  IN  TRUTH—2 COR. 12:6;  GAL. 4:16;  


THEY  SHOULD  TEACH  IN  TRUTH—1 TIM. 2:7


THEY  SHOULD  APPROVE  THEMSELVES  BY  TRUTH—2 COR. 6:7,8


MAGISTRATES  SHOULD  BE  MEN  OF  TRUTH—EX. 18:21


KINGS  ARE  PRESERVED  BY  TRUTH—PROV. 20:28


THEY  WHO  SPEAK  TRUTH  SHOW  FORTH  RIGHTEOUSNESS—PROV. 12:17


THEY  ARE  THE  DELIGHT  OF  GOD—PROV. 12:22


SAINTS  SHOULD  WORSHIP  GOD  IN  TRUTH—JOHN  4:24  WITH  PSA. 145:18


SAINTS  SHOULD  SERVE  GOD  IN  TRUTH—1 SAM. 12:24


THEY  SHOULD  WALK  IN  TRUTH—1 KINGS 2:4; 2 KINGS 20:3


KEEP  RELIGIOUS  FEASTS  WITH  TRUTH—1 COR. 5:8


ESTEEM  AS  INESTIMABLE—PROV. 13:6


SPEAK  TO  ONE  ANOTHER  IN  TRUTH—ZECH8:16; EPH. 4:25


EXECUTE  JUDGMENT  WITH  TRUTH—ZECH. 8:16


MEDITATE  UPON—PHIL. 4:8


BIND  ABOUT  THE  NECK—PROV. 3:3


WRITE  UPON  THE  TABLES  OF  THE  HEART—PROV. 3:3


THE  WICKED  DESTITUTE  OF  TRUTH—HOS. 4:1


THEY  SPEAK  NOT  THE  TRUTH—JER. 9:5


THEY  UPHOLD  NOT  TRUTH—ISA. 59:14,15


THEY  PLEAD  NOT  FOR  TRUTH—ISA. 59:4


THEY  ARE  NOT  VALIANT  FOR  TRUTH—0JER. 9:3


THEY  ARE  PUNISHED  FOR  WANT  OF  TRUTH—JER. 9:5,9; HOS. 4:1,3


TRUTH  IS  ACCORDING  TO  GODLINESS—TIT. 1:1


IS  SANCTIFYING—0JOHN 17:17,19


IS PURIFYING—1 PETER 1:22


IS  PART  OF  THE  CHRISTIAN  ARMOR—EPH. 6:14


REVEALED  ABUNDANTLY  TO  SAINTS—JER. 33:6


ABIDES  CONTINUALLY  WITH  THE  SAINTS—2 JOHN 2


SHOULD  BE  ACKNOWLEDGED---2 THES. 2:12,13;  1 TIM. 4:3


SHOULD  BE  OBYED—ROM. 2:8;  GAL. 3:1


SHOULD  BE  LOVED—2 THES. 2:10


SHOULD  BE  MANIFESTED—2 COR. 4:2


SHOULD  BE  RIGHTLY  DIVIDED—2 TIM. 2:15


THE  WICKED  TURN  AWAY  FROM  TRUTH—2 TIM. 4:4


THE  WICKED  RESIST—2 TIM. 3:8


THE  WICKED  ARE  DESTITUTE  OF  TRUTH—1 TIM. 6:5


THE  DEVIL  IS  DEVOID  OF  TRUTH—JOHN 8:44


THE  CHURCH  IS  THE  PILLAR  AND  GROUND  OF  TRUTH—1 TIM. 3:15

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DO  YOU  SEE  HOW  MUCH  THE  BIBLE  GIVES  ON  THE  DOCTRINE  OF  TRUTH?


AND  IN  PASSING  THE  BIBLE  DEFINITION  OF  RIGHTEOUSNESS  IS  GIVEN  TO  US  IN  PSA. 119:172.  THE  BIBLE  DEFINITION  OF  WICKED  IS  GIVEN  TO  US  IN  PSA. 119:53.


MY  FIRST  ENCOUNTER  WITH  “TRUTH”


I  GREW  UP  IN  A  CHURCH  OF  ENGLAND  SCHOOL [FIRST  HALF  HOUR  OF  THE  DAY  WAS  IN  THE  BIBLE];  AND  A  LOCAL  CHURCH  WHERE  I  ATTENDED  SUNDAY  SCHOOL  FAITHFULLY  ALL  MY  LIFE  FROM  AGE  7  TO  18; LEAVING  FOR  CANADA  WHEN  I  WAS  18.


I  WAS  LISTENING  TO  ANY  AND  ALL  RELIGIOUS  RADIO  BROADCASTS  AFTER  COMING  TO  CANADA;  THEY  WERE  MAINLY  AT  THAT  TIME  DURING  1961/62  IN  THE  EVENING  TIME.


I  SENT  FOR  A  MAGAZINE  FROM  ONE  OF  THESE  CHURCH  BROADCASTS.


THE  VERY  FIRST  ARTICLE  I  OPENED  UP  TO  WAS  ENTITLED  “WILL  YOU  GET  TO  HEAVEN?”


I  SCAN  READ  IT;  I  WAS  DISGUSTED  THAT  THE  WRITER  WAS  TELLING  ME  I  DO  NOT  GO  TO  HEAVEN  AT  DEATH;  NOR  WAS  HEAVEN  WHERE  GOD  IS  NOW,  PROMISED  AS  OUR  ETERNAL  ABODE.


I  WAS  ANGRY,  THREW   IT  DOWN;  GOT  MY  COWBOY  HAT  AND  WENT  OFF  TO  THE  RANCH  I  WORKED  AT  IN  MY  SPARE  TIME.


I  HAD  NO  CAR,  I  WAS  SITTING  ON  THE  BUS,  STILL  ANGRY  ABOUT  WHAT  I  HAD  READ;  I  THOUGHT  TO  MYSELF,  “I  MEAN  EVERYONE  KNOWS  IF  YOU  ARE  A  CHRISTIAN  YOU  GO  TO  HEAVEN  AT  DEATH.”


A  STILL  SMALL  VOICE  CAME  TO  ME  SAYING, “YOU  ONLY  SKIMMED  THAT  ARTICLE;  YOU  DID  NOT  SIT  DOWN  AND  LOOK  AT  THE  SCRIPTURES  PRESENTED;  WHAT  IF  IT  IS  CORRECT?  YOU  WILL  HAVE  THROW  TRUTH  OUT  THE  WINDOW  AND  BACK  IN  THE  FACE  OF  GOD.”


I  HAD  DEVELOPED  ENOUGH  LOVE  AND  RESPECT  OVER  MY  YEARS  FROM  7  TO  18,  TO  REALIZE  I  WAS  BEING  CHALLENGED  TO  SHOW  IF  I  HAD  A  LOVE  FOR  TRUTH.


I  SAID  TO  MYSELF….. WOW  I  REMEMBER  ALL  THIS  LIKE  IT  WAS  YESTERDAY…. I  WILL  COME  HOME  TONIGHT  AND  SIT  DOWN  AND  OPEN  MY  BIBLE  TO  ALL  SCRIPTURES  GIVEN  IN  THIS  ARTICLE.


AND  THAT  WAS  EXACTLY  WHAT  I  DID!


I  SPENT  A  NUMBER  OF  HOURS  GOING  THROUGH  WHAT  WAS  GIVEN  TO  ME  IN  THAT  ARTICLE.


IT  WAS  LIKE  A  HUGE  DOOR  HAD  OPENED  AND  POURING  IN  WAS  ALL  THIS  LIGHT  OF  TRUTH——  AFTER  SEEING  THIS  LIGHT  OF  TRUTH,  I  JUMPED  UP  AND  CRIED  OUT  “PRAISE  TO  GOD; O  THANK  YOU  LORD  FOR  A  TRUTH  I  NEVER  HAD.”


I  DISCOVERED  VERSES  I’D  NEVER  SEEN  BEFORE;  I  HAD  NEVER  SEARCHED  THE  SCRIPTURES  TO  FIND  ALL  VERSES  ON  THIS  TOPIC  OF  THE  BIBLE.


GOD  HAD  GIVEN  ME  A  NUMBER  OF  TRUTHS  OVER  THOSE  YEARS  FROM  7  TO  18,  IN  READING  THE  BIBLE,  BUT  I  HAD  JUST  FALLEN  IN  LINE  WITH  CHRISTIANITY  I  COULD  SEE  ALL  AROUND  ME,  NEVER  QUESTIONING  CERTAIN  TEACHINGS  AND  CUSTOMS  AND  PRACTICES.


NOW  GOD  WAS  WANTING  TO  SHOW  ME  MORE  TRUTHS  OF  HIS  WORD.


I  HAD  PASSED  THE   TEST,  TO  LOVE  TRUTH,  TO  WANT  IT,  TO  BE  WILLING  TO  BE  CORRECTED,  WILLING  TO  BE  GUIDED  INTO  MORE  TRUTH——


AND  WOW  WAS  THAT  A  START  TO  REALLY  OPENING  MY  EYES  AND  MIND,  TO  MORE  AND  MORE  AND  MORE  WONDERFUL  TRUTHS  OF  THE  ETERNAL  FATHER  IN  HEAVEN.


TO  WITHSTAND  THE  POISONED  DARTS  OF  THE  WICKED  ONE,  YOU  MUST  HAVE  YOUR  LOINS  GIRT  ABOUT  WITH  TRUTH!


YOU  MUST  AS  PAUL  SAID,  STUDY  TO  SHOW  YOURSELF  APPROVED  OF  GOD,  A  WORKMAN  THAT  NEEDS  NOT  BE  ASHAMED,  CORRECTLY  DIVIDING [PUTTING  TOGETHER  LIKE  A  JIG-SAW  PUZZLE]  THE  WORD  OF  GOD.


LOVING  THE  TRUTH,  CRYING  OUT  FOR  IT;  SETTING  YOUR  MIND  TO  FIND  THE  TRUTHS  OF  SCRIPTURE….. AH  THAT  IS  THE  MIND-SET  GOD  IS  LOOKING  FOR,  AND  THEN  HE  WILL  START  TO  GIVE  HIS  TRUTHS  TO  YOU——  ONE  AT  A  TIME,  MAYBE  MORE  THAN  ONE  AT  A  TIME.  HE  WILL  GIVE  THEM  TO  YOU  AS  YOU  CAN  HANDLE  THEM.


TRUTH  IS  ONE  OF  THE  WEAPONS  WE  MUST  HAVE  TO  WITHSTAND  THE  DEVILS  LIES  AND  DECEPTIONS;  TO  WIN  THE  CHRISTIAN  FIGHT  AGAINST  THE  WICKED  SPIRITS  OUT  TO  KILL  US.


WITH  TRUTH  WRAPPED  AROUND  OUR  LOINS,  WE  PROTECT  ONE  PART  OF  OUR  BODY  FROM  THE  DEADLY  ARROWS  SATAN  THROWS  AT  US.

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