The Armor of God Scripture Memory

The Armor of God Scripture in NASB

The Helmet of Salvation Psalm 27:1a The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?

The Shield of Faith 1 Peter 1:5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

The Sword of the Spirit Hebrews 4:12a-b For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword,

The Breastplate of Righteousness Philippians 3:9a-b  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ

The Belt of Truth John 8:31b-32 “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

The Shoes of the Gospel Isaiah 52:7a-b How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace

Ephesians 6:10-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

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Henry Luke 1/8/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple/teach others as described in 2 Timothy 2:2 click here.

 

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Opportunity to proclaim Jesus Part 2 –

Acts 16:24 and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

The authorities reacted violently to the three charges against Paul and Silas and beat them with rods. [Acts 16:19-22] This was one of times Paul referred to when he said he had been beaten with rods three times in  2 Corinthians 11:25. There is a price to pay for serving Jesus then and today, but it get’s worse for Paul and Silas.

They were thrown into prison to be guarded securely. The jailor took them to the inner prison and fastened there feet in stocks. This was accomplished by spreading the feet apart to inflict pain. The prison was probably a dungeon without any sanitation facilities and the inner prison was at the end of the dungeon.

We would be right to ask how could Jesus use being in prison to His glory? Would Jesus allow them to be killed like James the brother of John [Acts 12:1-2] or perform a miracle and release them like Peter was released [Acts 12:3-11]? Were the new believers praying for them? [Acts 12:12-19] Paul and Silas were human and could have been asking similar questions, but I believe they were not.

I believe they were trusting Jesus for their life and realized that He would receive the glory. I believe they were thinking the thoughts Paul recorded later in the letter to the disciples in Phillipi: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” [Philippians 4:4-7] Paul added that he had learned to be content in what ever circumstance he was in because I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.[Philippians 4:12-13]

O God help me to access everything His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” [2 Peter 1:3 CSB]

Henry Luke 1/9/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple/teach others as described in 2 Timothy 2:2 click here.

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Opportunity to proclaim Jesus Part 1-

 Acts 16:18  She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.

Paul and his missionary team including Silas, Timothy, and Luke were led by the Holy Spirit to the city of Philippi [Acts 16:9-15] and as was their custom they went to the Jews place of prayer and began speaking to the women assembled there. Lydia a worshipper of God was there and listened to the gospel message. Her heart was receptive to the word of God and she believed in Jesus and was baptized. Those in her household also believed and were baptized.

Her newly redeemed heart was opened to offer hospitality for the team to stay in her house. As they continued to proclaim the gospel of Jesus a slave-girl with a spirit of fortune telling kept saying “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” [Acts 16:16-17] As noted in the opening scripture v.18 Paul became annoyed and in the name of Jesus asked the spirit to come out of her and the spirit obeyed.

When her masters realized the loss of their income from the slave they seized Paul and Silas and claimed to the city officials that these men were causing confusion in the city, are Jews and they proclaim a treasonous gospel in a Roman city. [Acts 16:19-21]

The gospel always requires a response; Lydia and her household responded with faith and were saved. The evil spirit recognized and called attention to Paul and Silas as witnesses for Jesus and her masters violently rejected the gospel. This was a recurring process for Paul to go into a city and proclaim the gospel of Jesus and be accepted at first, but then be rejected by a mob and have to leave the city. A

Paul and Silas set the example for disciples today as they were faithful to proclaim the gospel of Jesus and trust Jesus for the response and their safety.

Notes: A- Acts 17:1-15

Henry Luke 1/8/2018

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The forgotten Swiss diplomat who rescued thousands from Holocaust

A Swiss diplomat has been credited with leading the largest civilian rescue operation of World War Two. But instead of being applauded for saving thousands of Jewish lives, he was reprimanded and – until recently – largely forgotten, as the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes reports.

Historians estimate Carl Lutz saved up to 62,000 Budapest’s Jews from Hitler’s death furnaces. This shows what one fearless person can do.

For  the Carl Lutz story click here.

Henry Luke 1/8/2018

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ESPN’s Maria Taylor says identity in Christ has helped her in her broadcasting career

On Monday Night [1/8/2018], as you watch Alabama and Georgia face off in College Football’s National Championship, keep an eye out for Maria Taylor doing sideline interviews and covering the game for ESPN.

For article and Maria’s story click here.

Henry Luke 1/7/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple/teach others as described in 2 Timothy 2:2 click here.

 

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Summary/Application: Discipling – make disciples[new believers in Jesus], then baptize them and teach them the commands of Jesus.

1. In the New Year resolve to be an encourager A and peacemaker.  B

2. Resolve in the New Year to use the “overlook” or “reconciliation” response to  conflict. C

3. Being faithful to God’s purpose in our lives will play a role in our decision-making processes and our personal growth.

4. Thank God for the testimony of Timothy. Ask that He would give you a similar gospel zeal. Pray over the list of things that you would have a hard time giving up or doing for the sake of the gospel. Ask that God would help you give those things over to Him.

5. Have you ever been involved in a disagreement that God used to multiply His work force?

6. Resolve in 2018 to be involved in all three steps of the discipling process; make disciples–leading people to be new believers in Jesus, then encouraging them to be baptized and teach them the commands of Jesus.

7. Scripture Memory Matthew 28:19-20.. 19 Go therefore and make disciples * of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

*Discipling is a three step process: make disciples–leading people to be new believers in Jesus D, then encouraging them to be baptized E and teaching them the commands of Jesus F. See resources below my signature for help.

Notes: A- For “Be an encourager” click here; B- For “Peacemaking for disciples” click here; C- For “12 responses to conflict” click on the The Slippery Slope Diagram D- For witnessing help see #1 here; E- For Jesus setting the example click here; F- For training help see #2 here.

Henry Luke 1/7/2018

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Discipling – make disciples–new believers in Jesus, then baptize them and teach them the commands of Jesus.

Acts 16:4-5..Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe. So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and were increasing in number daily…. A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 

Paul, Silas, Timothy and Luke continued their tour through cities Paul and Barnabas had visited on their first journey. They encouraged the disciples with the result of the meeting in Jerusalem that (1) there were no requirements for gentiles’ salvation beyond faith in Christ; (2) urge gentile converts to avoid certain behaviors involved in idol worship out of respect for their Jewish brothers and sisters who were disciples. A Apparently Paul and Silas delivered these decrees in verbal and written form.

The team now had 4 members to disciple these recent believers in Jesus. Joe White has taught me the power of multiplication in discipling; click on Men At The Cross Multiplication Chart. Note this follows the commands in Matthew 28:19-20.. 19 Go therefore and make disciples * of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” * three step process: make disciples–new believers in Jesus, then baptize them and teach them the commands of Jesus.

In v.9 Paul received a vision from the Holy Spirit to go into Macedonia and immediately the team obeyed v.10. We are not alone in the three step discipling process. We are guided both by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. The Creator of the Universe empowers us and nothing is impossible with Him.

Resolve in 2018 to be involved in all three steps of the discipling process; make disciples–new believers in Jesus, then baptize them and teach them the commands of Jesus.

Henry Luke 1/6/2018

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