The Armor of God


The following citations from the Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the September 23, 2009  Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. After the readings, members of the congregation share related experiences of how God helps in times of trouble.

The Bible

Ps 91:1-4
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  

I Sam 17:1(to 1st ,),2,4-8,11,32-34 (to 1st ,),37-43 The,45,46 (to ;),47-50
Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle,

And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.  

#And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.  And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.  And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.  And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.  And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.  

When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.  

And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.  And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.  And David said unto Saul,

The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.  #And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.  And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.  And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.  And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.  And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.  And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.  This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand;

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.  And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.  And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.  

Eph 6:10-19 my brethren
my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Rom 13:12 let us put

let us put on the armour of light.  

Luke 4:14-24,28-30
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.  And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias.  And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?  And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.  And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.  

And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.  But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

II Cor 6:7

By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Isa 60:1

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.  

Science and Health sith Key to the Scriptures

by Mary Baker Eddy

134:2
At every advancing step, truth is still opposed with sword and spear.  

390:32-2
Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, ^alias^ matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit.

458:14-15
Divinity is always ready.

183:23
Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength.  Submission to error superinduces loss of power.  

192:24
Evil is not power.  It is a mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.  

380:28
Nothing is more disheartening than to believe that there is a power opposite to God, or good, and that God endows this opposing power with strength to be used against Himself, against Life, health, harmony.  

37:6-8,13

Mortals try in vain to slay Truth with the steel or the stake, but error falls only before the sword of Spirit.

Consciousness of right-doing brings its own reward; but not amid the smoke of battle is merit seen and appreciated by lookers-on.  

132:14
  The Pharisees of old thrust the spiritual idea and the man who lived it out of their synagogues, and retained their materialistic beliefs about God.  Jesus' system of healing received no aid nor approval from other sanitary or religious systems, from doctrines of physics or of divinity; and it has not yet been generally accepted.  To-day, as of yore, unconscious of the reappearing of the spiritual idea, blind belief shuts the door upon it, and condemns the cure of the sick and sinning if it is wrought on any but a material and a doctrinal theory.  Anticipating this rejection of idealism, of the true idea of God,--this salvation from all error, physical and mental,--Jesus asked, "When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"

23:17
Faith, advanced to spiritual understanding, is the evidence gained from Spirit, which rebukes sin of every kind and establishes the claims of God.  

29:7-10

Christian experience teaches faith in the right and disbelief in the wrong.  It bids us work the more earnestly in times of persecution, because then our labor is more needed.

319:7
Having faith in the divine Principle of health and spiritually understanding God, sustains man under all circumstances; whereas the lower appeal to the general faith in material means (commonly called nature) must yield to the all-might of infinite Spirit.  

29:1
Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad.  They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course.  If they keep the faith, they will have the crown of rejoicing.  

21:6-14

Christians do not continue to labor and pray, expecting because of another's goodness, suffering, and triumph, that they shall reach his harmony and reward.  
  If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in.  He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit.  If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy.

327:23

Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong and to proclaim the right.  But how shall we reform the man who has more animal than moral courage, and who has not the true idea of good?  Through human consciousness, convince the mortal of his mistake in seeking material means for gaining happiness.  Reason is the most active human faculty.  Let that inform the sentiments and awaken the man's dormant sense of moral obligation, and by degrees he will learn the nothingness of the pleasures of human sense and the grandeur and bliss of a spiritual sense, which silences the material or corporeal.  Then he not only will be saved, but ^is^ saved.  

97:22
It requires courage to utter truth; for the higher Truth lifts her voice, the louder will error scream, until its inarticulate sound is forever silenced in oblivion.  

233:29-30
The utterance of truth is designed to rebuke and destroy error.

19:12
The Master forbore not to speak the whole truth, declaring precisely what would destroy sickness, sin, and death, although his teaching set households at variance, and brought to material beliefs not peace, but a sword.  

54:5-7
The world acknowledged not his righteousness, seeing it not; but earth received the harmony his glorified example introduced.

37:16-25
 When will Jesus' professed followers learn to emulate him in ^all^ his ways and to imitate his mighty works?  Those who procured the martyrdom of that righteous man would gladly have turned his sacred career into a mutilated doctrinal platform.  May the Christians of to-day take up the more practical import of that career!  It is possible,--yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman,--to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness.

136:32-1
Jesus patiently persisted in teaching and demonstrating the truth of being.

332:23-26 He

He was appointed to speak God's word and to appear to mortals in such a form of humanity as they could understand as well as perceive.

28:15
 Neither the origin, the character, nor the work of Jesus was generally understood.  Not a single component part of his nature did the material world measure aright.  Even his righteousness and purity did not hinder men from saying: He is a glutton and a friend of the impure, and Beelzebub is his patron.  

52:19-23
The "man of sorrows" best understood the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good.  These were the two cardinal points of Mind-healing, or Christian Science, which armed him with Love.

268:6

Belief in a material basis, from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from matter to Mind as the cause of every effect.  Materialistic hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat.  In this revolutionary period, like the shepherd-boy with his sling, woman goes forth to battle with Goliath.  

52:17

To-day, as of old, error and evil again make common cause against the exponents of truth.  

130:15-19
  Christian Science, properly understood, would disabuse the human mind of material beliefs which war against spiritual facts; and these material beliefs must be denied and cast out to make place for truth.

272:3-5
The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood.  This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek.

225:8
The powers of this world will fight, and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on.  There is always some tumult, but there is a rallying to truth's standard.  

571:15-19
At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good.  Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil.  Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.



Hymns 99, 312 & 292
 

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