Symphony – (I know I’ve got this post a little more colorful, but it was the only way to differentiate from the ideas below and it just seemed strange to have two colors when I learned in discrete mathematics anything can be colored by four colors.) It seems that every page I went to had something I wanted to post, so I figured I post a little from each page:
Acts 17:11 Bible Studies:
1 Cor 10:12-13 (NIV) So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
Prov 2:7-8 (NIV) He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path.
Christian Arsenal Study on the Armor of God:
Being familiar with the truth is the best protection against deception a Christian can have.
The Helmet of Salvation: The greatest battlefield is in our minds. This is the area that the enemy wants to attack the most. One key area he wants to damage is our assurance of salvation. Paul gave some good advice in Philippians 4:8. (Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.) We must be on guard on what we let run free in our minds. Satan is very subtle in these areas. He has blinded the world and he will do the same to the unsuspecting or careless Christian. We must have a clear mind to be discerning in all situations. This comes by immersing yourself in God’s word and prayer.
Anne Murchison’s Thoughts:
Putting on the whole armor of God, as we will discover, means learning (Matthew 11:29), understanding (Colossians 1:9), trusting (2 Corinthians 1:9), believing (2 Corinthians 5:7), applying (Ephesians 2:10), heartily submitting to (Romans 12:1) and being indelibly transformed by (Romans 12:2) the truths of God by faith (Romans 3:27-28). These principles are the only real protection we have against the wiles of the evil one.
So how do we put on the armor of God? The significant key to the answer to this question is found in the two little words, “put on”. These words mean in their root form “to sink down”. In both the Greek and Hebrew, words that translate “to humble” also mean “to sink down, to bring oneself low”. These words clearly describe the spiritual posture of humility.
Crossroad’s Armor of God: Has a few good charts, though it’s written for a young child’s understanding.
All that remains are a few thoughts from me: We have a signficant amount of resources for understanding the Bible, and there is a risk to using all those found on the internet. These are only a few pages and thoughts, but there are many more out there. We are still fighting a battle and we are well-equipped to fight it, while we are fighting on one front, we still have the orders of the Great Comission to carry out. However, we aren’t only soldiers of the cross, but we are servants as well.