Put on the Whole Armour of God: -
the Ephesians, which warning is applicable to us today.
KJV - Ephesians 6:11 (Click for More)
If we do not have a full armour on;
we will be vulnerable to temptation in those
areas where we have weaknesses and
where we have failed to give ourselves the
protection offered through keeping the commandments.
With the full armour on, we shall find wisdom and
great treasures of knowledge,
even hidden treasures.
Are we studying the scriptures
so that we can increase our knowledge and faith
and testimony regarding the gospel?
Do we keep the commandments?
Are we honest and truthful in our dealings?
Do we keep the Sabbath day holy?
Are we virtuous and clean and pure in heart and mind and deed?
Do we fight against the evils around us—pornography, abortion, tobacco, alcohol, drugs?
Do we have the courage to stand up for our convictions?
Can we truly say we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ?
Do we live peaceably with our neighbors and avoid gossip and backbiting and spreading unfounded rumors?
Do we truly love our neighbors as ourselves?
If we can answer yes to these questions, then we will have on the whole amour of God, which will protect us from harm and preserve us from our enemies.
If we must answer no to these questions, then our amour is weak, there is an unshielded place which can be found, a vulnerable area for attack, and we will be subject to injury or destruction by Satan, who will search until he finds our weaknesses, if we have them.
Examine your amour.
Is there an unguarded or unprotected place?
Determine now to add whatever part is missing.
No matter how antiquated or lacking in parts your amour may be, always remember that it is within your power to make the necessary adjustments to complete your amour.
Through the great principle of repentance you can turn your life about and begin now clothing yourself with the amour of God through study, prayer, and a determination to serve God and keep his commandments.
We are greatly blessed to know that God lives and we are his spirit children; that his son, Jesus Christ, gave his life so that we might be resurrected and enjoy eternal life.
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Ephesians 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
Ephesians 6:3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
Ephesians 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
Ephesians 6:7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
Ephesians 6:8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
Ephesians 6:9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God , that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:12 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.
Ephesians 6:13 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.
Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth , and having on the breastplate of righteousness ;
Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace ;
Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith , wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation , and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God :
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Ephesians 6:19 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 ,
Ephesians 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Ephesians 6:21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
Ephesians 6:22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
Ephesians 6:23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.
Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and
all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne
of his glory:
Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
Matthew 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Matthew 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Matthew 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Matthew 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Matthew 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Matthew 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
"…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave
me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you
clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you
came to me."
St. Frederick's Mission Outreach Ministry serves the hungry, the emotionally wounded, and the spiritually impoverished in our community.
As we come close to people at the place of their gifts, their sin, and their pain, the Good News of God's Love is lived and shared in each plate that is given.
We look for the Spirit to create
a community where worship, service, and relationships mark the coming of our Lord Jesus.
In God’s eyes, pornography is negative or immoral, we condemn its use as a matter of doctrine.
We inform our members of the negative effects of pornography.
The definition of pornography encompasses any materials or activities that depict the human body or sexual conduct in a way that arouses sexual feelings.
Since physical intimacy between husband and wife is considered sacred for the expression of love within a marriage as well as the creation of children, avoiding pornography is an important part of sexual purity and consequently, obedience to the rules and doctrines of our church and God.
We exhort our members to be chaste regardless of their marital status and the use of pornography as well as sexual relations before marriage will damage a person’s standing.
We caution you to stay away from the great and terrible flood of pornography that is sweeping the earth and makes few men rich while it destroys many others who become enslaved to it.
Stay away from it.
The Lord counsels us to stay away from any activities or substances that could be addicting, pornography is a particular concern because of the affect it can have on healthy marriages and families.
While many consider the compulsive use of pornography to be simply a matter of willpower, it destroys many great marriages and families.
We and the Lord, feels that it has the potential to become a harmful addiction.
As such, we have taken steps to both officially educate our members on the dangers as well as to direct those who require more professional help.
Changes in public norms have been subtly shifting in the last few decades.
The media and entertainment field sees pornography as a way to bring sin into the home which will break up good marriages.
The world refers to this as “permissive wickedness”.
Our members are counseled to recognize the ways that certain depictions, while not technically considered pornography themselves, quietly infiltrate and become a gateway to harder content.
The scriptures plainly teaches that although sexual activity is something that should be held sacred within the bonds of matrimony, it is also considered a gift from God and should be appreciated as a healthy and normal expression of love between husband and wife.
Research into pornography indicates that regular use attacks the bond between partners and can lead to emotional apathy, unconcerned, lack of interest at best and infidelity, unfaithfulness, betrayal, cheating, and adultery at worst.
Both secular and religious studies of the effects of pornography have concluded that regular use of pornography affects the chemistry make-up of the brain.
The cerebral cortex, which regulates self-control and decision-making, is negatively altered.
Abstinence and regular therapy can undo many of these changes; however, recovery from pornography addiction is arduous and requires the assistance of professionals.
We encourage our members to adhere to the commandments of God and of the church as well as the marriage covenants they have made in order to assist the process and retrieve happiness, faithfulness, trustworthiness, devotion, loyalty, and sexual purity.
Many treatment facility are dedicated to helping all individuals overcome their pornography or sexual addictions.
These facilities will understand that your belief system is essential to the way you recover and they are prepared with a safe and supportive environment to help you recover in a way that is in keeping with God.
Stats on Pornography:
These stats are many years old, it is worlst today.
Pornography - addiction.
Inability to sustain healthy relationships.
Divorce on the increase.
Begins deviant behavior.
Become dehumanization of your dignity and increase in exploitation.
Adultry on increase.
Acting Out Sexually
Many resort to crime.
Separation from God.
79% of porn performers have used marijuana.
Approximately 40 million people in the United States are sexually involved with the Internet. (2003)
About 2.5 billion emails per day are pornographic. (2004)
25 percent of all search engine requests are pornography related. (2004)
Sex is the number 1 topic searched on the Internet. (2004)
34% of churchgoing women and 50% men, said they have visited porn websites online.
372 million pornographic Web pages, 2.5 billion emails, 100 thousand Web sites offering illegal child pornography, and 72 million visitors to pronographic websites. (2004)
Most have started by accidentally visiting a pornographic website. (2004)
Over 70% of sexual advances over the Internet happened while children ages 10 years old and up were on a home computer.
The national Center for Missing & Exploited Children found that 20% of parents do not know any of their children's Internet passwords, instant messaging nicknames or email addresses. (2004)
96% of kids have gone online. (2004)
89% of sexual solicitations of youth were made in chat rooms. (2004)
The largest consumer of Internet Pornography is the 12-17 age group.
Child Pronography generates $3 billion annually. (2004)
Child Pronography has increased 5,000% from 2007. (2015)
800 million rentals each year of adult videos and DVD's. (2004)
Cable and Satellite companies brought in revenue of $177 million form sexually explicit pay-per-view programming. (2000)
Half of all hotel guests order Pornographic movies. (2004)
For every 10 men in church, 8 are struggling with Pornography. (2004)
47% of families said Pornography is a problem in their home. (2003)
83% of boys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online.
69% of boys and 55% of girls have seen same-sex online.
1 in 5 mobile searches are for Pornography that have Internet capability.
Porn sites get more visitors then Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and Etc., combined. (2013)
Today, because it's an app, the texts won't show up on your kid's phone's messaging service, and you're not charged for them (beyond standard data rates) and allows communication with strangers.
Pornographic images and videos and depictions of violence, self-harm, drug use, and offensive language are easily searchable.
Even though you can try to remove your data, photos, videos, then any one can follow and sill read and view what you wrote.
This can get kids in trouble if they say something in the heat of the moment.
Many sites allows kids to communicate covertly, without parents knowing.
Many of these Apps, allows nudity snapshots or short video clips of themselves and post for the whole world to see.
Pornography revenue is larger than all combined revenues of all the professional football, baseball, and basketball franchieses. (In the Billions per year)
Today, Pornography is becoming acceptable and commonplace in the world.
Because porn use thrives in secrecy, many church members are trapped in a cycle of sin and shame, thinking that they're the only ones facing this temptation.
Satan is stronger then most people know.
Satan know our weaknesses.
Satan will use every tool to destroy us.
If you or anyone you know has any problems, let them see the Pastor, they are your friend and will help anyone or need be to guide them to professional help.
Remember, we are all sinners and each of us are struggling with issues that Satan wants us to get into, so we can not have God's spirit with us.
You and everyone is a child of God, we are His Sons and Daughters.
No mater what sins we may have, Jesus Christ died for all of them, if we repent and forsake them.
So we can be with God again.
Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Holy Ghost, Angels, and many thousands more love you.
They want the best for you.
Turn to God, so you may find Happiness, Joy, Peace, and Love again, and His spirit.
Satan is at war with God's people, to lead them to Hell.