Trust and the armour of God

flamingo-600205_640Psalm 52:8: But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

Those who trust in the Lord shall be like mount Zion that can never be moved (Psalm 125:1), because you are like the one you trust. Those who trust in dumb, blind, clueless idols are like them. If you trust in money, you will be it, fleeting and shallow (Psalm 135:13-19, Proverbs 23:5).

Trust is the giving of yourself to the object of your trust to take some of his/its attributes/possession. That is why trust comes with devotion. In devotion you give of yourself to receive of the object of your trust, you empty yourself to be filled.

To fully trust is to go all-in with God, in following his judgment, his decision, and his direction. If you are not following, it means you do not trust. Jesus said that Peter should follow to be made a fisher of men because you become who you follow and you follow who you trust (Matthew 4:19-20). You jump when he says jump, move when he says so, because who you trust is revealed in who you obey.

Peter expressed trust in Jesus, in his word, and obeyed him, throwing his net into the sea one more time and got a big catch after an all-night of fruitless toil. He would not have done that on his own, it had to be because he trusted Jesus. He said: according to your word, I will let down the net (Luke 5:5).

Who/what you trust determines the direction of your action and therefore of the change your experience. Trust is an expression of surrender, commitment and expectation. It is beyond mere speech, expression of interest, and it cannot be mixed with suspicion.

Jesus said that if we continue in his word, constantly trusting in him, we will know the truth which will set us free, as we grow more and more in trust (John 8:30-36).

Paul said that we should put on the whole armour of God, and each item is coated in trust in God. You will not put them on without being motivated by trust in God, except you have the foundation of trust in God established in you. And each armour of God communicates trust in God (Ephesians 6:16-18).

Belt of truth

Commitment to truth is not just about what we say, it is about but who we are. The belt of truth is stability. We are meant to be so built up in truth that we stable, not tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14). And the belt of truth is something firm.

It connects with everything else. It colours everything else. It shows the need for our life to be aligned with God’s truth, and be committed to it. We will therefore live a life of integrity, pleasing God. Paul spoke of the need for us to have wisdom and counsel so that we might walk in the way that pleases God (Colossians 1:9-10). We seek to please God because we trust him (Hebrews 11:6).

Sword of the Spirit

Imagine having a sword that is not dependable, when you confronted the enemy, you will not stand your ground, but will either run away or surrender.

When we use the word of God, we express faith in the fact that it was a tool you expect to deliver. When you are armed with the word and use it in the battle of life, it is because you trust its effectiveness.

The bible says that the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword and able to cut with precision. It is a spiritual sword and we need to use it a lot because we are at all times in spiritual battle. You use the word because you trust in its effectiveness.

Shield of faith

This speaks directly of trust in God, whatever the attack of the enemy, when trust in God is lifted up in our life, we will definitely overcome. This is the victory which overcomes the world, even our faith, says John (1John 4:4, 5:4). We are born overcomers because of our faith in Jesus.

Without trust in God, we are like a city without any defence. Israel lost her faith in God, when they were supposed to take over the land of Canaan, they died in the wilderness (Numbers 13-14).

Helmet of salvation

When we believe in Jesus we are saved, saved from hell fire, saved from eternal damnation. When the gospel is believed, we trust in the name of Jesus to save us.

The man with the helmet of salvation stands as one who trusts God, who trusts in the sacrifice that was made by Jesus, through him we live forever, and are set on the path of godliness. Paul said that godliness gives an advantage for now and eternity (1Timothy 6:6).

That the helmet of salvation is on the head means it controls how we think. That is why salvation does not end at the point of decision to follow Jesus, established in his kingdom, we should go on to have the kingdom of God established in us and the basic way in which that kingdom is expressed is the way we think, thinking that is in conformity with the Lordship of Jesus.

Breastplate of righteousness

When you trust in Jesus, you gain his righteousness.  Paul said that the one who knew no sin, was made sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2Corinthians 5:21). There is a righteousness by faith, and that is the only righteous recognised by God because he does not want anyone boasting before him (1Corinthians 1:26-31). Paul said that he wants to be found, not with his own righteousness which Isaiah said was like filthy rags, but the righteousness which is by faith in Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:5-11).

Preparation of the gospel of truth

You cannot go to others to preach to them about Jesus, and effectively so, if you are not convinced of what we want to say. Therefore, it was after Jesus had shown himself with many infallible proofs as being raised from the dead, that he sent the disciples to be his witnesses (Acts 1). Since you have trusted in Jesus, you now have the ministry of reconciliation, helping others to put their trust in Jesus.

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