Anita Smithson

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Full Armor of God as we head into 2012- Go Big, Go All Out for Him

“FULL ARMOR OF GOD” as we head into 2012- Go Big, Go All Out for Him

Ephesians 6:11-18 (NIV)

” 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

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Wow, I was awaken by the Lord today.. as I was trying to stay asleep thoughts just started flowing through my mind and I was just hoping I would not forget them, of course I did not have anything near me to take notes. But in the moment I just prayed the Lord would keep these thoughts “fresh” in my mind, when I actually got up to begin writting. Well then my little baby girl started to scirm around and then wanted to be fed, so the morning has begun. She is content and resting, I have coffee in my hand and the computer at my finger tips. Let the Lord speak through me, for you to hear and understand it in your OWN personal walk, may you apply it the way you see fit….

So many people today are getting prepared to begin thinking of 2012, and how they can start Declaring their own resolutions, as I wrote about ReVolutions for 2012. People around me, are Declaring some amazing things with their personal walk with the Lord,  having a closer relationship with Him, Winning more Hearts for Christ, walking in the ministries that surround us, and in Churches around the area- that a something BIG is going to take place in 2012, a Big Annointing is happening, alot of People are getting on board and going BIG in 2012. I am so excited to BE one of these people, who are going ALL out for Christ, my ReVolution for 2012 is take my M.E.I. to the Next Level- begin winning Hearts for Christ and using it to reach those who do not receive it, to EmPower, EduCate and EnHance their personal lives, EnCourage them to go Big in 2012- with their personal walk and influence on their friends and family.

Let’s Study the Full Armor of God, some do not know what it is, so I would like to go through it (if you have your bible, get it out and open to Ephesians 6: 11-18… ooh I am sounding like Pastor Bird ~ smile, Get the Word!!)  I wanted to also share that I found some of the wording below from larrylines.com and jimlikens.com, make sure to give them credit for some wording used. I found it in good taste, and think it can be useful in understanding the Armor of God.

As we PUT ON the Full Armor of God (daily)

Breastplate of Righteousness, is being honest, good, humble, and fair to others. It means standing up for the weaker people around us. @ Phillipians 3:9- … be founded in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that whih is through faith in Christ. * As you put on your Clothes in the morning, a visual Breastplate.

Belt of Truth, this keeps us from giving into the world’s beliefs. Compare your beliefs and actions to the Truth of the Word of God. @ John 8:31-32- If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Ten you will know the truth and the truthwill set you Free. * As you put on your Accessories, belts, jewlery, etc. in the morning, a visual Belt.

Sheild of Faith, is being sure that God will keep His promises. Faith in God protects you when you are tempted to doubt. @1 Peter 1:5- Who through faith are shielded by God’s Power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last times. *As you go out into the World, Your Mouth, you declaration of your Faith in God, what you tell people, how you speak and share your personal testimony, your personal walk and reflection of Him. This is my personal visualization of the Sheild of Faith. When we SPEAK out, Satan is Stopped in his tracks, can not do any harm to us or those around us.

{ sorry side line, this just came to me again- Be in His Keeping- @ Acts 16:31- Give yourself up to Him. Take yourself out of your own Keeping intrust to His Keeping. Friends, Let Go & Let God! The word “Awesome” can also be looked at like, “Awe- then Some” When He Moves, He Moves Big, be in the Awe of it, in your OWN life. Give ourselves (mothers, wives, grandmothers, women) up to Him- Be in His Keeping, so then His promises- my family, my children, my husband and those I love- are protected and saved, under MY umbrella of His Keeping. * this came from our women’s bible study at ALF that we did, the Lord was Moving…Thank you Pastor Janice Bird and the W.O.W. ladies at ALF }

Helmet of Salvation, by believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again. @ Psalms 27:1- The Lord is my light and my salvation- Whom shall I fear? * 2 things here: First, if you do NOT have a personal relationship with the Lord and would like to find out more information or to begin having one, please personally email me (anitamsmithson@gmail.com) and I can walk you through asking Him to come into your heart and the understanding of what you are doing. Second, when you are doing hair in the morning or putting on your hat, this is the visual of your Helmet of Salvation- you can also look at it, as getting your Heart Right.

Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. God’s Word is our offensive weapon. When we tell others what the Bible says, the Holy Spirit begins working in them, people see their bad thoughts and actions, and makes them want to be forgiven. @ Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. *the Bible, is our visual here. the Word of the Lord. Get in His word daily- read the bible, become stronger in your walk through the Word. The more you are active in your church- through Connecting with those in the church through small groups, serving in an area in the church, making new Godly friends.

Feet prepared with the Gospel and Peace, is being right with God and being fitted with readiness in troubled times. Jesus said peacemakers were blessed. @ Isaiah 52:7- How beautiful ont he mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace. * As you put on your Shoes in the morning and throughout the day, take a “actual” stance, and then go on with your day, this is the visual. Go out with the Gospel in hand and bring peace to every situation you come across, let the Lord Shine through you.

Go out and M.E.I. someone today!

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So let’s come together and Recap our thoughts, Going back to setting Resolutions or as I am going to do, ReVolutions ( making BIG changes, taking a stance and Going Big ) As we put on the Full Armor of God , each day and especially as we go into 2012. How can you make a difference in your {direct} world around you? There is so many TOOLS we have to use now a days, with social media at our fingertips, cell phones, #starbucks, our personal walk with the Lord, our families- as they are direct reflections of our walk with the Lord, our relationships with our spouses and so on. Friends, everyday I get to see God moving in others lives, in my personal lives- something BIG is coming, Movement is happening within our churches. Are you Ready? for His coming? Are you ready to be Used in His Name?

{ Declare it! Go Big in 2012! Give yourself to Him, Let Go & Let God! }

Happy New Year! Be Blessed & Prosperous!

~ Anita Smithson

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  1. BECKY JONES on said:

    I SO AGREE WITH YOU!!! I AM GOING TO MAKE ME A LIST AND POST IT AROUND THE PLACES I GET DRESSED… I AM GOING TO PUT A NOTE ABOUT THE HELMET OF SALVATION WHERE I DO MY HAIR…. I AM GOING TO PUT A NOTE NEAR MY ACCESSORIES, JEWELRY ETC TO REMIND MYSELF PUT ON MY BELT OF TRUTH, ETC! I HAVE A HARD TIME REMEMBERING THESE AND I NEED TO REMIND MYSELF THAT WHEN I AM GETTING READY FOR MY DAY THAT I AM GETTING READY FOR GOD TO USE ME TO DO SOMETHING GREAT!!! (once upon a long time ago miss rachel bird taught me something her momma Janice Robertson Bird taught her…. “God can only bring to your day what you have prepared for.” when we were talking about it then, we were speaking about being dressed and pretty all the time and always being prepared for whatever happen along your way. However, i have heard that recently in my heart!! AND WITH A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LESSON!!!! that if we are not prepared for EVERYTHING, including spiritual battles that will come, we will not be prepared to do what is needed to serve the purpose and call that God has for us! I have been trying to take this lesson to heart and to learn to STAND BEING READY like the warriors heading into battle. Our soldiers dont slack off while they wait, they wait standing READY!!!! i want to be READY!!!!!!!!!!)

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