TEMPTATION by jennyyingdi


									Hypocrites and Backsliders
       Lesson 046
 Operation Ocular Deforestation:
 Retaining the Filling of the Holy
   Spirit through Resistance
       The Armor of God
              The Best Part
• 1 Corinthians. 10:13      There hath no
  temptation taken you but such as is common
  to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer
  you to be tempted above that ye are able;
  but will with the temptation also make a way
  to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
• How?
• The Word: Ps. 119.11 Your word I have
  treasured in my heart, That I may not sin
  against You.
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The defense against temptation.
• Attitude of the fear of the Lord.
• Appeal to Jesus as our victorious high
• The Holy Spirit.
• Integrity.
• Application of faith-rest prayer.
• Apply doctrine of separation (Avoidance of
  temptation situations)
• Resist the devil.
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        The Sequence of Resisting
• 1. Recognize Temptation.
     – Know what Sin is
• 2. Refuse to entertain the temptation
     – “I Resist that.” or “I reject that thought.”
• 3. Concentrate on the appropriate
   doctrine or scripture.
     – Run it through your mind

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              The Armor of God
• The armor of God: Eph. 6.10-18 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.

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              The Armor of God
• 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,
  15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH
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              The Armor of God
• 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
  SPIRIT, which is the word of God…

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              The Armor of God
• Ephesians 6:12 clearly indicates that the conflict
  with Satan is spiritual, and therefore no tangible
  weapons can be effectively employed against
  him and his minions.
• There is no listing here of specific tactics he will
• However, the passage is quite clear that when
  we follow all the instructions faithfully, we will be
  able to stand, and we will have victory
  regardless of his offense.

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              The Armor of God
• “Christians in the first century were confronted
  with the Roman occupation forces and were only
  too familiar with the uniformed might of the
• Now the apostle was urging them to model their
  spiritual life after the military pattern of Rome.
• This they would accomplish, "after having
  buckled around" their "waist" (accusative
  singular direct object from OSPHUS) the
  foundation of their unseen equipment. (Thieme)

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              The Armor of God
•   The “Full armor of God" is:
•   The Belt of Truth
•   The Breastplate of Righteousness
•   The Boots of the Gospel of Peace
•   The Shield of Faith
•   The Helmet of Salvation
•   The Sword of the Spirit, The Word of God

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              The Armor of God
• “What it really comes down to is that the "full
  armor of God" is simply this:
• Truth
• Righteousness
• The Gospel of Peace
• Faith
• Salvation
• The Word of God

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              The Armor of God
• “At first it was kind of a "DUH!" moment (a
  'smack yourself upside the head' moment) for
  me when I realized that this whole passage
  really boils down to six simple truths!
• I had been so focused on all the imagery
  (again, not to take away from the God-inspired
  purposes of the imagery) that I hadn't really
  seen the substance. And what made this into
  more of a joyful, positive "Eureka!" moment is
  that as I looked at each word or phrase,
  something became even more clear.

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              The Armor of God
• Here's the gist of what I exclaimed to myself as
  all of this came into focus:
• "Each one of these things is God's gift to us!
• This is all stuff that He gives us freely and that
  He Himself works in and through us!
• This is all stuff that we can't conjure up on our
  own! It's all HIM!” – (GraceRoots.com)

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              The Armor of God
• The Belt: This was a very important piece to the
  Roman Soldier's armor.
• The Roman soldier put around his waist a very
  wide belt which was the holder for a lot of
• There was a loop, for example, for the different
• Other loops held ropes and a rations sack.
  When the legions conquered a city, the soldiers
  would empty out the ration sack to make room
  for gold, jewelry, and other loot they picked up.
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              The Armor of God
• There were loops on the belt for darts.
• The belt was tied in several places to stay in
  place, so that no matter how the soldier moved
  about, fell down, climbed hills, etc., the belt was
  always in place with weapons at the ready.
• If the belt were not on straight, then everything
  would be out of place for the soldier.
• This would cut down his efficiency in battle and
  may even cost him his life.

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               The Armor of God
• Though not mentioned name, this refers to the basic
  and most essential item of Roman military dress -
  the BALDRIC, which consisted of a broad leather
  "girdle" (Latin: BALTEUS), which was worn around
  the waist, and a leather strap, which was slung
  across the chest and over the shoulder..

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              The Armor of God
• There are many battles to be fought, and as the
  passage reminds us, the battle is not against
  people (flesh and blood) but against
  principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness,
  spiritual hosts of wickedness, etc.
• “But there is something that is equally as
  important (or even more important) that,
  ironically, I think people of faith (those who say
  they trust the Lord, not themselves) tend to give
  lip service to: The battle is the Lord's, not ours.”
  – (Grace Roots)

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              The Armor of God
• “The complete belt was used when heavy armor
  was worn, for to it was attached the bottom part of
  the breastplate.
• The wide belt around the waist sufficed when the
  armor was light.
• The baldric was studded with metal plates and
  fastened with an ornate buckle.

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              The Armor of God
• Suspended from this belt were the scabbard for
  the sword and loops for ropes and rations; all
  were easily accessible as they were needed.
• Furthermore, thick strips of leather hung down
  from the belt to circle and protect the soldier's
  lower body.
• You must admit that it was a handy piece of
  equipment, and no soldier could go into battle
  without it!” - R.B. Thieme, Jr (Christian Warrior)

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              The Armor of God
• Attached to either the BALTEUS or his waist belt
  were large coins; engraved upon them were the
  various battles in which he had fought.
• In addition to these "campaign ribbons," the
  Roman solider had fastened to his belt his most
  “valuable possessions”:

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              The Armor of God
• Paul mentions the belt first and foremost
  because he understood its importance: the
  belt was the key to the rest of the
  PANOPLIA.; therefore, it paralleled Bible
  doctrine resident in the soul - the basic
  requirement for the full armor from God!

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              The Armor of God
• Just as the soldier had his loin belt to put on
  every day to keep his armor together, we must
  apply the Word of God to our lives on a daily
  basis or we will not be able to maintain our
• The belt was the first thing that the soldier put
• Just as this is the first thing a Christian must put

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              The Armor of God
• Much of the weaponry and protection depended
  on the belt being in place properly.
• If we do not use the word of God as our belt of
  truth, we have no foundation on which to base
  our warfare with the enemy.
• The belt held things in place where they needed
  to be.
• The truth of God's word does the same for us. –
  (Christian Arsenal)

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              The Armor of God
• The first element of our armor is truth (vs. 14).
• This is easy to understand, since Satan is said to
  be the "father of lies." (John 8:44).
• Deception is high on the list of things God
  considers to be abominations.
• A “lying tongue” is one of the things He describes
  as “detestable to Him” (Proverbs 6:16-17).
• We are therefore exhorted to put on truth for our
  own sanctification and deliverance and for the
  benefit of those to whom we are a witness.

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              The Armor of God
• Once the Christian Warrior has buckled on his
  waist the baldric God intended for him to wear,
  he is fully prepared for the charge of the unseen
• And how does he get ready to stand? "Bv
  means of doctrine!"
• The preposition EN plus the singular from
  ALETHEIA does not mean "with truth" but
  signifies the means by which we reach our
  spiritual objective in life - doctrine, or that which
  is believed.
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              The Armor of God
• Thus, the so-called "BELT OF TRUTH"
  comprises the entire realm of doctrine -- all its
  truths, all its categories as it is assimilated by the
  daily function of GAP.
• Therefore, the Christian who wants to attain the
  status of maturity, he must take up the challenge
  to expose himself to Bible doctrine on a
  consistent and daily basis, no matter what
  distractions or temptations would keep him from

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     The defense against temptation.
• 2 Cor. 10.3-6 For though we walk in the flesh,
  we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the
  weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but
  divinely powerful for the destruction of
  fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations
  and every lofty thing raised up against the
  knowledge of God, and we are taking every
  thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and
  we are ready to punish all disobedience,
  whenever your obedience is complete.

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               The Armor of God
• The Breastplate of Righteousness
• Also in vs. 14 we are told to put on the breastplate
  of righteousness.
• A breastplate would shield a warrior from a fatal
  blow to the heart and other critical organs.
• This righteousness is not works of righteousness
  done by men—rather, this is the righteousness of
  Christ, imputed and imparted by God and received
  by faith, which guards our hearts against the
  accusations and charges of Satan, and secures our
  innermost being from his attacks.
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               The Armor of God
• The Romans had the ideas for armor design which
  provided light weight combined with ease of
  movement and protection from blows.
• This breastplate was attached to the belt by leather
  thongs passed through rings on the bottom to keep
  it solidly attached.
• It was anchored to the belt, and it was above the
• Note: the belt had to be put on first, then the

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               The Armor of God
• One key area the Soldier's breastplate protected
  was the heart.
• While the heart is the one key organ responsible for
  sending blood through our circulatory system to
  keep us alive, in our spiritual lives the heart is the
  source for living out righteousness or evil.
• When we walk in the Reservoir of Righteousness of
  God, it is a weapon of defense against all
  slanderous accusations, and outrageous strategies
  of the devil.

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               The Armor of God
• The Bible declares that the heart of man is prone to
  be tempted according to Matthew 26:41.
• Right thinking and doing from Imputed
  Righteousness (our authority) and the Right
  Thinking and Doing from the Imparted
  Righteousness in the R of R is that which we are to
  protect ourselves with.
• (And the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered
  My servant Job, that there is none like him on the
  earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears
  God and abstains from and shuns all evil?
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               The Armor of God
• Vegetius noted that troops, defenseless and
  exposed to the enemy's arsenal of weapons, are
  more disposed to flee than they are to take their
• The case was quite different when soldiers were
  protected by the complete armor and when they
  were instructed in the expert use of their weapons;
  they would then fight with great courage and

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              The Armor of God
• Ancient Rome provided both the armor
  and the training for its fighting men.
• The basic body armor consisted of the belt
  and the breastplate.
• The term "breastplate" is somewhat of a

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              The Armor of God
• In the first century, Latin and Greek were
  equivalent languages. The Latin word for
  breastplate is LORICA; the Greek word,
  THORAX (literally, "door").
• This LORICA was usually constructed of leather
  and was often overlaid with metal strips or mail.
• Shaped like a sleeveless coat, the cuirass
  covered both chest and back; it fitted the
  shoulders and was fastened down the front by
  means of a series of studs and slots.

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              The Armor of God
• Back hinges gave the body armor a
  degree of flexibility, and the metal offered
  added protection for the vital organs.
• The enlisted man's cuirass was sometimes
  reinforced with iron or bronze and had
  metal fringes over the shoulders.
• Often the basic metal on the officer's
  breastplate was plated with silver and

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              The Armor of God
• It was the belt which held the breastplate
  securely in place, even as it supported the heavy
  leather and metal kilt.
• In his epic, AENEID, Virgil calls the breastplate
  STADIOS (standing upright).
• So solid and sturdy was this ancient coat of mail,
  that it stood upright by itself and was frequently
  used as a campstool.

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              The Armor of God
• Its primary purpose, however, was the protection
  of every part of the soldier's body, from his neck
  down to his knees.
• Certainly, it took constant practice to put on the
  breastplate and to become accustomed to the
  weight of the ancient armor.

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              The Armor of God
•   Neither Rome nor its army was built in a day!
•   So it is with the Christian Warrior.
•   We do not become mature believers overnight!
•   It takes time and persistence to "GAP it" to
    super-grace, to buckle on the belt of truth.
    Ephesians 6: 14 takes this into consideration
    and states that "after having buckled on ... the
    baldric by means of doctrine," we must put on
    the piece of equipment which is an integral part
    of the body armor - the BREASTPLATE OF
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              The Armor of God
• The adjunctive use of the conjunction KAI
  connects the belt and the breastplate by
  the word "also."
• "Also, after having put on aorist middle
  participle _ 'to put on') the breastplate
  (accusative singular direct object from
  THORAX) of righteousness (descriptive
  genitive singular from DIKAIOSUNE)."

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              The Armor of God
• The spiritual counterpart of the ancient
  LORICA, symbolizes the Christian's body
  armor and represents the righteousness of
  the believer in super grace status.
• It is not overt righteousness but
  righteousness in the sense of fulfillment of
  the divine standards - a way of life in the
  soul - which characterizes the mature
  Christian Warrior.

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              The Armor of God
• Thus, the breastplate is synonymous with the
  fulfillment of living in the Reservoir of
• The Imparted R of R is God’s provision for the
  Righteousness described earlier in Job.
• It is the R of R plus Volition.
• Such righteousness is totally divorced from self-
  righteousness; rather, it is the product of doctrine
  resident in the soul and results in the
  surpassing-grace reward of the crown, or
  Wreath of righteousness (2 Tim. 4:7-8).
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              Next Week
• Conclusion of the study of The Armor of
• 3. The Combat Boots.
• 4. The Shield of Faith.
• 5. The Helmet of Salvation.
• 6. The Sword of the Spirit.

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