DIG for Wednesday the 2nd of September…..the breastplate of righteousness…..Ephesians 6 v 14

If you come to MGF or read DIG on a regular basis you will know that I get very excited about righteousness; so I’ll try and keep this DIG to the usual one page!

The breastplate was one of the most important pieces of armour for use in battle for the Roman soldier.

It was also the biggest and heaviest piece, used to protect the chest and therefore the vital organs of the soldier.

The soldier could get hit hard on this breastplate, yet stay safe and alive.

This is a picture for us today about righteousness.

An understanding of our righteousness is one of the most important fundamental truths that we need to know; we really need to wear our breastplate of righteousness.

When we were born again we were made righteous, in fact we were made as righteous as God because of faith in the finished work of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

An understanding of this truth will renew our mind and lead to transformation (Romans 12 v 2).

This is my testimony; I was changed over night when I accepted and truly believed that irrespective of what I had done or was doing, I was righteous.

The armour that we are talking about is God’s armour, and the wonderful truth for us is that our righteousness is His righteousness.

Righteousness is a position; it is about who we are in Christ, rather than about our performance or what we do.

In order to benefit on earth from this righteousness we just need faith and accept this truth.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus I have been made righteous”.

Ephesians 6 v 14…..Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness

DIG for Tuesday the 1st of September…..loins girt about with truth…..Ephesians 6 v 14

This first part of the spiritual armour is fascinating, but a wee bit difficult to explain.

In the context of when this was written men would wear long robes, and these would have been a real hindrance if he were required to run.

He would therefore hitch up his robes and tuck them into his belt, or “gird up his loins”.

A man could then run without his robes flapping about and getting in the way.

To me this is a picture for us “running our race” today.

We are to gird our loins with truth, in other words remove lies and deceit so that we can run free, without hindrance from the nonsense of this world.

The only way to remove lies and deceit is to learn, understand and then replace them with truth (or in other words renew our mind).

And there is only one place where we can be guaranteed to find truth today, and that is in the Word of God.

If we know the truth we will be set free, that is what the Word says (John 8 v 32).

Lies and deceit from the world and from the enemy are designed to trap us, ensnare us and trip us up, a bit like the long robes of a running man would do.

By removing the lies and deceit and replacing them with truth allows us to stand, and not only to stand but also run, advance, attack and fight.

Knowing the truth is the key to running this race that we call the Christian life; knowing the truth so that we can renew our minds and be transformed (Romans 12 v 2).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can find truth any time I want by searching in your Word”.

Ephesians 6 v 14…..Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness

DIG for Monday the 31st of August…..don’t let any of Jesus’ provision go to waste…..Hebrews 11 v 6

Thanks to Nunsy for the DIG today……..

I was praying for someone the other day for healing. As I was praying I was speaking in tongues over the person and I felt how much pleasure it gives God when we draw on what Jesus has done.

In this instance I was using the authority that Jesus has given me (Matt 28:18, Eph 1:19).

I was commanding the healing that Jesus has provided (1 Pet 2:24).

I was using the gift of tongues that He has given to me by the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:6).

And I was considering it pure joy to have the opportunity to release into the physical realm something of what Jesus has provided for us in the spiritual realm (Jas 1:2,3).

Jesus has provided healing. It is a done deal. And as with everything in the Kingdom of God we receive the things that He has done for us by His grace through faith (Eph 2:8, Col 2:6).

This is what gives God pleasure; when we believe that Jesus has done the things that He says He has done, and put faith in those things by acting on them.

James says that faith without works is dead (Jas 2:17, 20, 26). In other words, what is the point of having faith in something and then never making use of it?

We might say that we believe in healing, but what if we never released faith to see someone healed?

Jesus said that it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom (Luke 12:32).

It is His desire that we benefit from what Jesus has done.

It gives Him great pleasure when we release our faith to receive all those things.

Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please Him. The other way of looking at that is to say that FAITH IS WHAT PLEASES HIM.

He wants us to believe that He is who He says He is, and that He has done what He says He has done, and as we live believing these things, and acting on these things, we will see good results.

The word ‘rewarder’ in this verse means ‘to remunerate’, like to give wages. In other words the Father is promising fruit, results or success as we release faith in all that He has provided by His grace

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Father for everything that you have provided by grace, and that it gives You pleasure when I receive it by faith”.

Hebrews 11 v 6…..But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

DIG for Sunday the 30th of August…..never make it personal…..Ephesians 6 v 12

I’m sure you are like me and have issues and struggles every now and again, suffering persecution and getting grief from people.

At times like this we need to remember this passage of Scripture and not make the issue or problem personal.

Nearly every problem and issue that we wrestle with involved a person or people.

This verse tells us that when we wrestle we do not do so with flesh and blood (or with people) but with other unseen forces.

To wrestle means to fight and struggle, so we are in a battle, but not with the person or people in front of us but with the forces of the enemy.

We are indeed in a spiritual battle, a battle that the devil knows he has lost, but never the less, a battle that he wants to take to us.

He wants to steal, kill and destroy what we already have from the Lord.

We need to fight (or wrestle) him and his dark forces in order to stay standing (see DIG from yesterday).

The main issue I want to highlight here is that we need to remember whom we are fighting.

We are not fighting our neighbour, work colleague, even family and friends; we are fighting the enemy influencing and using the person we can see in front of us.

That is why I say do not make the issue personal; try not to endeavour to “get back” at the person or attempt to revenge.

If you want to have a go at anyone have a go at the enemy; in other words resist him and submit to the Lord, and in that way you will see the devil flee.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we can resist the devil and we can submit to you”.

Ephesians 6 v 12…..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

DIG for Saturday the 29th of August…..we use the armour so that we can stand……Ephesians 6 v 11

Knights of old wore armour when going into battle, it allowed them to fight and defeat the enemy.

The objective was to be the man standing when the enemy had fallen.

It is a similar situation for us in our fight against our enemy.

In this passage about armour we read the word “stand” a number of times.

In the Greek the word is “histemi” and means to stand or be established, to abide and continue.

The purpose of the attacks of the enemy is to try to steal, kill and destroy what we already have from the Lord as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ (John 10 v 10).

We battle in order to stay established and continue in these truths; to stay in the knowledge that we are righteous and holy, and have been healed and made prosperous for example.

We use the armour to persuade ourselves that we already have these things from God and as we establish the truth in our mind we will continue and stand.

In reality this battle is in our minds; the enemy is planting lies and doubts in our thoughts and we have to “defeat” him by knowing, understanding and believing the truth.

And we find this truth in the Word of God; the truth about salvation, peace and righteousness for example.

As I wrote in a DIG a couple of days ago we should be looking into the mirror of the Word to see who we are in and through Christ, rather than looking into a physical mirror (James 1 v 23 to 25).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am righteous and holy and thank you that I can be assured of this because of your Word”.

Ephesians 6 v 11…..Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

DIG for Friday the 28th of August…..we do not need to purchase our armour…..Ephesians 6 v 11

Before a medieval knight went into battle he would get his knave to help him put on his armour.

This would have been armour that he bought with his own money; even when a knight was in the army fighting for the king he would have had to supply all his own armour himself.

It is not like that for those of us in the Kingdom.

We are supplied with our armour; we do not need to use our own resources gathered through our own efforts and performance to equip ourselves.

The armour we have is the armour of God supplied by God through the work of Jesus (Ephesians 11 v 6).

For example we have His truth, His righteousness and His gospel of peace.

He has prepared this armour so that we can put it on and stand against the enemy.

We also need to put on this armour ourselves.

Our armour is all to do with how we think and what we believe, we have to renew our minds to the truths that we have this armour, thus putting it on.

We can have people help us in this process of understanding truth, for example pastors and teachers; however we have to renew our own minds.

We have to put on the armour of God; armour is no use to you in a battle if it is sitting back nice and polished in your castle!

Get into the Word, renew your mind to the truth and put on your armour this morning.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, and thank you for the truths held within about peace, righteousness and truth”.

Ephesians 6 v 11…..Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

DIG for Thursday the 27th of August…..we have so much more than just salvation…..Ephesians 6 v 11

I heard a great message at church today based around the armour of God from Ephesians chapter 6 and it has inspired me to take a look at this passage in greater detail than I have done before.

The first thing I noticed when reading this passage again this evening is that it talks about the whole armour of God.

Many Christians seem to settle for salvation and think that this is all they get from God.

Salvation is of course an amazing gift, however we received so much more from God when we were born again.

The helmet of salvation is wonderful, however it is not the only part of armour that we have at our disposal.

We need to recognise, believe and understand that Jesus provided so much more for us than salvation.

This passage talks about truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the Word.

The helmet of salvation is only one part of the armour of God, and salvation is only one part of what we receive as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

We should thank the Lord for the gift of salvation, but we have so much more to thank Him for.

We need to understand, believe and speak out who we are in Christ and what we have in Christ; we need to understand all that we have in Him and through Him.

When we do that we will be putting on the full armour of God and then be able to stand.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the whole armour that you have made available for us, help me to recognise and understand about all this armour”.

Ephesians 6 v 11…..Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil