God does not leave us defenseless.
For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).
Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].
2 Peter 1:3 and James 1:17 (Amplified Bible)
Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ-in such wise that Christ only may be seen in you (2 Corinthians 3:3; Galations 3:27; Ephesians 4:24)
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
God has given us exceedingly great and powerful gifts but we must use them in order to have them work. A matador wouldn’t think to enter the ring to face the bull without the proper attire and equipment.
Likewise, God’s holy warriors.
God’s sent His Holy Word and healed and delivered us from the curse of sin and death. That Word of God is your weapon. Know it, give it the rule from the inside out and speak it – just as Jesus did when the enemy came against him in the wilderness. Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and Judah means “PRAISE.” Praise exalts the Father and as we lift Him up, the sun (SON) of righteousness arises with healing in His wings and shines through and upon us for our strengthening and enablement.
Revelation 19:11-16, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
To put on Christ is to possess Christ, to have him in us, and us in Him.
Just as a matador’s “suit of lights” takes on the brilliance of the sun’s rays and baffles the raging bull so likewise the shekinah glory of God inhabits our praises and confounds the enemy.
Praise precedes triumph! We acknowledge and reverence the Almighty as Lord of all Creation and know Him as personal Lord and Savior – our Father who loves us —
this is the proper position to take one’s stand in the Lord.
Psalms 100:1-5, ” Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.”
2 Timothy 3:15-17, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban
For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature…
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness…
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
(Job 29:14; Galatians 3:27; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 4:24;
Colossians 3:10; Colossians 3:12)
To put on Christ is to enter into fellowship with him. He who is in fellowship with Christ cannot fulfill the lusts of the flesh. He walks after the Spirit, and not after the flesh (Romans 8:1); But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ – Herein is contained the whole of our salvation. It is a strong and beautiful expression for the most intimate union with him, and being clothed with all the graces which were in him. (Romans 13:14)
Put on the armor of light. A Christian must reckon himself undressed, if unarmed. Put on Christ; that includes all. Put on righteousness of Christ, for justification. Put on the Spirit and grace of Christ, for sanctification. The Lord Jesus Christ must be put on as Lord to rule you as Jesus to save you; and in both, as Christ anointed and appointed by the Father to this ruling, saving work. And how to walk. When we are up and ready, we are not to sit still, but to walk. Christianity teaches us how to walk so as to please God, who ever sees us. Walk honestly as in the day.
Zechariah 10:4-5; 12 (NIV)
From Judah will come the cornerstone,
from him the tent peg,
from him the battle bow,
from him every ruler.
Together they will be like warriors in battle
trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets.
They will fight because the LORD is with them,
and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.
I will strengthen them in the LORD
and in his name they will live securely,”
declares the LORD.
The above illustrates how the INFANTRY (foot soldiers) will be fighting against the CAVALRY
(mounted soldiers even those with the Saracen’s scimitar) – anyone with a knowledge of ancient warfare realizes that this is impossible but nothing is impossible WITH God. For God is saying, “I will make these people strong enough to do that” and that “…the joy of the Lord is our strength.”
Raise up oh mighty men of God!
Like Shammah whose very name means “The LORD is here”
These mighty men, these true leaders after God’s own heart, come from JUDAH (Judah – means “praise”)…the time is now to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.
Like Jehoshaphat. “Praise the Lord for His mercy endures forever unto all generations that love Him.”
See how blessed King Jehoshaphat was ”The LORD was WITH Jehoshaphat BECAUSE…he walked in the ways his father David had followed.” (2 Chronicles 17:3)
David was undignified…not proud but a humble, true worshiper of Almighty God, he would not wear another man’s armor but trusted in what God had already proven in his own life. When he was promoted to king, he did not lift his heart in pride but humbled and stripped down to the fine linen ephod and danced in reverential joy, praise and love unto His heavenly Father.