Summary: Steps to Walking Naturally in the Anointing – Part 2
A. Put on the Armor of God
“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Rom 13:12 NIV)
“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:5 NIV)
Jesus is light. There can be no shadows where He is because Light is His shadow!
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5-6 NIV)
“..who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.” (1 Tim 6:16 NIV)
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:16 NIV)
Each day you are to “put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” (Eph 6:13-18)
1. The Belt of Truth
Let’s take a close look at each piece of armor and see what it covers.
First, there is the "belt of truth buckled around your waist." The belt used by the soldiers of Rome was not just to hold their clothes up. The belt went around their waist and between their legs, covering and protecting their reproductive organs. Paul calls it the "belt of truth." If you want to "hold up" to the wiles of the devil and "reproduce" Christians, then you must live your life both in and by the truth.
Jesus said, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32 KJV). It is by living your life in truth and honesty that you will be able to set others free. You must guard your testimony with the belt of truth.
2. The Breastplate of Righteousness
Next is the“breastplate of righteousness” that covered the torso of the body, which contains all of the major organs, including the heart. It is from the heart that the blood of life flows. But also, in a spiritual sense, the heart is the home of love and faith. Jesus said that you are to "Love the Lord" your "God with all" your "heart and with all" your "soul” and with all your “mind” and with all your “strength" (Mark 12:30). This can only be done through forgiveness by receiving God’s forgiveness, forgiving others, and finally, forgiving yourself.
Jesus also taught that a "good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks" (Luke 6:45).
Every day, if you want to live a holy and righteous life, you must put on "righteousness." Living a righteous life is living a life of faith and love. Paul also calls the "breastplate of righteousness" the "breastplate of faith and love" (1 Thess 5:8). If you are to be effective in your daily testimony as a Born-Again Christian, then you must live righteously through faith and love, which should be a conscious and deliberate act on your part. You don't wake up each day overflowing with faith and love. Faith and love are your defense against attacks, whether or not those attacks are in the form of a harsh, cruel word from a loved one or a direct assault from the enemy.
3. The Shoes of Readiness
Following the breastplate comes the "feet fitted with readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace." Roman soldiers wore sandals that protected and supported their feet and ankles. Paul says you are to wear shoes of "readiness." You are always to be prepared to go and share the Gospel with others. This readiness comes from living in peace with one another. You can never be ready to go and share the Gospel if you are not living in peace.
Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).