The Whole Armor
Are YOU currently in a battle?
Where is the battlefield?
Are you aware of the enemy and how he is attacking you personally?
Paul says, our greatest and most deadly struggle will be “not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, [and] against spiritual wickedness in high places.” See Eph. 6:10 & D&C 84.
Satan has progressed in his battle strategies:
1 - He used hand to hand combat - you would have to go out and find evil, go to the bar
2 - Guerrilla warfare - evil would sneak up on you in the stores and in schools
3 - Chemical warfare - by bombarding us with messages and distractions he is filling our brains with chemicals and we are being stoned before we even know
4 - Communication: Our Own voices - his invitation to destroy our relationships leads us to thinking neg about about ourselves and others - clouds our purpose
We have got to increase our game! One of those ways is by wearing armor - all of the pieces of armor.
Satan attacks us exactly where the armor will protect, we can only withstand the blows of Satan and the evils which surround us by putting on the whole armor of God, therefore it is critical to wear the WHOLE armor of God.
Examples of those who were clothed in such armor and were able to with stand the adversary: David, Joseph, Daniel
WHAT is the armor of God? - it represents the power of the Holy Ghost
The Armor as a Whole:
Helmet and the Breastplate connected by Revelation - spoken in our mind AND in our heart.
Revelation doesn’t come in easy readable format if we are not gird or surrounded in TRUTH and trust
Revelation helps us head in the right direction.
Armor is the power of the Holy Ghost, it is Revelation given to you at the right time and place. It will tell you where you are and what direction you need to be going
An Order in which you can put on the armor:
1 - put on the Shield - surround yourself and accepting the love of God and FAITH in Jesus Christ - first line of defense
2 - put on the Helmet - strengthen your COMMUNICATION (ears) with headquarters, receive you orders (goals) (eyes), create a plan (mind)
3 - Add the Breastplate by checking and understanding your FEELINGS
4 - Gird yourself in TRUTH which is found everywhere, like looking for wheat among the tears - it is there.
5 - shod - Ask which DIRECTION you need to go, get both feet headed in the right direction
6 - Pick up your Sword or Testimony and begin sharing it everywhere, spreading the Word of God and thrusting out the evil and cutting down the enemy - making clear the path to the castle or heaven or joy.
“Examine your armor. Is there an unguarded or unprotected place? Determine now to add whatever part is missing. No matter how antiquated or lacking in parts your armor may be, always remember that it is within your power to make the necessary adjustments to complete your armor.” - N. Eldon Tanner (N. Eldon Tanner Put on the whole armor of God. Ensign, May 1979; pg. 44, 46)
Role of the Holy Ghost in the Armor
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Remember The Handprint of the Lord is in everything and symbolism is the language you can find him and it is so fun to teach, learn and discover new meanings.
No symbol can ever be completely defined. - Packer
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Tresta Neil, your Symbolism Guru