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Every recruit in Christ’s army should be properly fitted with armour. The first question that comes to mind is, What is this armour?
We are told, ‘Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ – Rom. 13:14.
I speak now of the ‘girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness,’ and so forth. We are instructed to ‘put on the new man’ (Eph 4:24), who is made up of all the graces. The point is this: to be without Christ and His graces is to be without armour.
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Christian, take special care not to trust in the armour of God, but of the God of the armour. All your weapons only ‘mighty through God’ (2 Cor. 10:49.
The ark was the means of Israel’s safety, but when the people began to glory in it instead of God Himself, it hastened their overthrow.
Just so duties and ordinances, gifts and graces, are heavens for the soul’s defense; but they must be kept in their proper place.
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Find out for yourself whether you are devoted to heavenly or earthly things. You cannot pursue both. Earthly things are like trash, which not only does not nourish, but takes away the appetite from that which would. Heavenly things have no appeal for one corrupted by such trash. Only when you come to the end of yourself, like the prodigal, will you make the judgement that heavenly things are better.
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If God's grace in you is sickly, you will find little joy in life, present or future. A person with a chronic illness gets no pleasure from anything he does. His food is tasteless; he sleeps fitfully; he has no energy to work or play. If the image of Christ in you has faded, you are chronically ill. You will not taste the sweetness of the promise, nor enjoy any rest in Him. You will limp painfully to every duty, wondering whether you have strength enough to see it through. All the while, your disconsolate heart will be crying out at the heavy load you make it carry.
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It is not armour as armour but as armour of God that makes the soul impregnable. Is prayer armour? Are faith, hope, and righteousness? Only if they are of God’s design and by his appointment.
That which is born of God overcomes the world, a faith born of God, a hope born of God. But the spurious, adulterous brood of self-seeking duties and graces with which some Christians gird themselves, having sprouted from mortal seed, cannot be divine.
Look closely at the label to see whether the armour you wear is the workmanship of God or not. There are many imitations on the market nowadays.
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Grace – here I mean those divine attributes infused into your human spirit by the Holy Spirit – is a living creature. It is not a souvenir of your salvation, which you my tuck away in some obscure closet of your soul.
No, grace will show itself. It will walk with you wherever you go. It will buy with you and sell for you, and have a hand in all your enterprises. It will encourage you when you are sincere and faithful for God and it will complain and chide when you are otherwise.

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Does he hear the truth in a powerful sermon? Satan will sit alongside him in the pew and whisper nonsense to distract him. He may ask his plans for dinner, or what is on the docket for tommorow. And if the sermon gets too hot, the devil will dull his senses and get him to doze until the service is over.
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But the devil never becomes dispirited, nor does he tire of doing mischief to the souls of men. He has not stood still for a moment since he first began to walk to and fro in the earth (Job 1:7). Indeed, God Himself must bind him hand and foot to stop his feverish activities.
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Every duty in the Christian's whole course of walking with god is lined with many difficulties which shoot at him through the hedges on his march toward heaven. He must fight the enemy for every inch of ground along the way. Only those noble-spirited souls who dare taken heaven by force are fit for this calling.
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God expects you to meet every trial, every temptation, leaning on His arm.
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