Armor of God

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ARMOR OF GOD by John Fichtner- Series Overview

This series is 14 sermons long, and deals with our transformation by God through praying on the armor of God and calling on the names of God to provide, heal, change, protect, and bring peace. The first nine lessons deal with the components of the armor of God and how each piece assists you in conflicts of life. The last four lessons explain eight of the names of God and how each name reveals part of the Lord’s character to you and what He wants to do through your life.

Belt of Truth, Part 1: What is Truth? - UD

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Pastor John Fichtner

AoG 1: Belt of Truth, Part 1: What is Truth? by John Fichtner

 

  1. When I (PJ) have specific intercession time, I have come to the place after these 8 years or so where 90% (and I’m amazed at that percentage) of all of my prayer time is having the Lord fill me in the 7 areas of the Armor of God.

  2. Every issue in my heart I recognize through wrestling through each of these areas every day

  3. Every resolution point I come to in my prayer time, I come to through this

  4. 7 places of identity in my life

  5. 7 areas that God wants to complete me…for what I was meant to be

  6. I don’t just put on a belt of truth, I become a man of truth

  7. I am bold, I am confident, I am blessed of God

  8. If I let Him complete me in these 7 areas, I not only know that I will have a great day, but there is such a sense of completeness leading to such a sense of strength.

  9. There is a sense of becoming indestructible. In the warfare against the enemy of your soul, you cannot be beat. The only place he can attack you is in one of these areas.

  10. Be strong in the Lord

  11. I want the power of God in my life

  12. I want every potential, every gifting, every calling, every purpose of God in my life to be reached in totality

  13. I will not live in mediocrity

  14. There is an enemy of your soul

  15. Therefore put on the full armor of God so that WHEN the day of evil comes

  16. You can lose your hope, you can lose your ministry, you can lose your career, you can lose your physical life, you can lose your marriage, and you can lose your kids.

  17. BUT you can win the battle forever and you’ve won your marriage, your career, physical life, ministry, calling, potential, hope.

  18. You’ve won joy, you’ve won direction, you’ve won power, you’ve won fulfillment, you’ve won completion of all that you were called to be when the living God danced the gifting and plans and purposes on your life.

  19. This is who I called you to be and you CAN WIN THAT.

  20. Battle will be won or lost in these 7 areas

  21. Who I am in prayer more than any other place is who I am

  22. Are you a person of truth?

  23. What is truth? Understanding every perspective of an issue

  24. Make a choice if you want to have the belt of truth or if you want to be a belt loop

  25. The issue is security when you become a belt loop. You have become attached to your perspective, your little piece of truth.

  26. The greatest enemy of truth is to be right

  27. You can be right and not be a man of truth

  28. Because you are right and it has become a point of security for you, you defend it to the death

  29. When you can argue the other person’s position better than they can, you have become a person of truth

  30. When you put on the armor of God you become indestructible because you don’t’ have any enemies, you merely have a lot of teachers who will teach you truth. You can’t do it by yourself.

Belt of Truth, Part 2: Truth vs. Being Right - UD

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

AoG 2: Belt of Truth, Part 2: Truth vs. Being Right by John Fichtner

 

  1. It’s not like you tried harder or did better but you responded differently and you know that the difference in the response was because you put on the armor that day

  2. John 8:42-47

  3. The worst thing about believing a lie is you don’t know it’s a lie you bought in to

  4. You will be changed and empowered if you can receive the belt of truth

  5. It is the hardest piece of armor to put on

  6. The belt is something that encircles a subject

  7. The belt of truth connects every perspective on an issue & brings them together

  8. You feel so important that you defend your perspective

  9. Truth is understanding every perspective on an issue. That doesn’t mean agreeing with every perspective.

  10. The belt of truth is about how you respond to disagreements with people

  11. Satan’s greatest damage to your life came through disagreements

  12. Disagreements is when you think someone handled something wrong

  13. How long have those disagreements festered?

  14. Can I finish these sentences so that the OTHER person is pleased [if you are in a disagreement]?: Am I a man of truth? Must be able to say out loud to the other person:

    1. 1- What’s important to you in this situation is _________.

    2. 2- What you’re feeling about this is __________.

    3. 3-What you’d like from me is _______.

  15. All of the armor of God hinges on this.

  16. Every disagreement you ever had if you stopped at the stage of assessment that says “that person was wrong,” you are not a person of truth

  17. You quit discussing where they were wrong and you start discussing what did I learn from this?

  18. When you put on the belt of truth, you are restricted from all extraneous material

  19. When you put on the belt of truth, you are restricted…from judging, …being critical…drawing conclusions

Belt of Truth, Part 3: Freedom From Being Passive - UD

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

AoG 3: Belt of Truth, Part 3: Freedom from Being Passive by John Fichtner

 

  1. Learning how to put on the Armor of god

  2. Ask the Holy Spirit to face the disagreements; subject of conflict

  3. You will never have a clearer picture of spiritual warfare

  4. Disagreements will either be greatest damage done in your life or if you prepare with Belt of Truth, it will be the greatest tool for God to teach you in your life

  5. Ephesians 6:14 having guarded your loins with truth

  6. To be blunt

  7. Until you get to the place where you are willing to be blunt, you cannot be a person of truth

  8. Job 40:3

  9. God would not drop it

  10. Cut to the core of it and get blunt

  11. In disagreements with other people, just giving in is not godly

  12. Just understanding their point of view does not make you a person of truth

  13. If your security is in being a nice person, you cannot have that and be a person of truth

  14. If you believe that giving in to stop the conflict is a godly thing, you will never be able to put on the breastplate of righteousness.

  15. The longer you walk in believing that it is a good thing just to give in, the more insecure, the more confused, the more deceived, the more controlled, the more resentful you will become until you, without exception, will either blow up or crack up.

  16. Cause of destruction

  17. Passive compliant

  18. Controlling Dominant

  19. Matthew 7:1-5

  20. What does God think?

  21. People with logs in their eyes always banging together

  22. Look at every disagreement through their perspective

  23. How does this passage apply when he’s upset with me?

  24. Assuming good motives

  25. When people come after you and they won’t drop it and it really bothers you

  26. When do you start getting blunt? When they keep pushing

  27. The more they get pushy, the more you get blunt

  28. The way you become a person of truth is you listen and you…push to understand…the other person’s perspective

Belt of Truth, Part 4: Humility + Honesty = Truth - UD

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

AoG 4: Belt of Truth, Part 4: Humility + Honesty = Truth by John Fichtner

 

  1. Have your security in being a person of truth over having your security in being a nice person

  2. Recognize that to give in, to bend over backwards, to do whatever it takes to stop the conflict, to keep the peace is NOT godly. It is not the response of a person of truth.

  3. How to get permission to be blunt

  4. To be blunt = to share your side

  5. Get the person you’re in conflict with to want to hear your side

  6. Since there’s quarreling and strife among you, doesn’t that prove you’re an infant and immature?

  7. Grow up

  8. Speak the truth in love

  9. In your anger, do not sin

  10. Psalm 15

  11. Proverbs 15:13

  12. If you want to gain the respect of your authorities, become a person who speaks the truth

  13. You must first prove to them that you understand where they are coming from

  14. Most of us THINK we understand where they are coming from

  15. Understanding will guard you.

  16. Humility is not enough to make you a person of truth

  17. If all you are is humble, you will become a screwed up doormat

  18. If you actually prove you understand where they are coming from, something is released in their hearts

  19. Don’t be a wimp

Belt of Truth, Part 5: Speaking the Truth - UD

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

AoG 5: Belt of Truth, Part 5: Speaking the Truth by John Fichtner

 

  1. Hebrews 7:9-10

  2. Your children are the reproduction on the outside of what’s inside you; who you are

  3. Where did they get every one of those features [hair, eye color, etc.]? From mom & dad. Yet you had no control over that.

  4. The loins represent the absence of any human ability to do, to manipulate, to control – who you are with no power to stop it – be reproduced, exposed

  5. Kids expose you for who you are

  6. When you gird your loins with truth, you are asking the Holy Spirit to let truth be so inside you that it is the FIRST response of your heart

  7. Psalm 51:6

  8. Humility = you understand where they are coming from

  9. Honesty = they understand where you are coming from

  10. Dr. William Backus “Telling Yourself the Truth” and “Telling Each Other the Truth”

  11. I receive

  12. Hebrews 9:15

  13. I will be a man of truth for all eternity because the Holy Spirit has sealed me

Breastplate of Righteousness, Part 1: Dealing with Failure - UD

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

Righteousness part 2 by John Fichtner

  1. Ephesians 6: Breastplate was not necessary to use for Roman soldiers in battle if he was doing everything right – it was there in the event they failed.

  2. God’s righteousness is meant for dealing with failure

  3. Three Responses to failure – Defensiveness (root motive being self-righteousness), Depression (self-righteousness) and Dealing with it.

  4. The heart deals with emotions – the breastplate covers our breast, our emotions.

  5. English phrase “in place” is the Greek word “enduo”

  6. “en” means coming to a place of rest

  7. “duo” means “to sink inside”

  8. Primary purpose of the Breastplate of Righteousness is to deal with the Emotions of Failure.

Breastplate of Righteousness, Part 2: My Identity from God - UD

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

Righteousness part 3by John Fichtner

  1. Romans 1:17 – Righteousness through faith

  2. Question: What’s the difference between the Breastplate of Righteousness by Faith and the Shield of Faith?

  3. Shield of Faith moves all over the place/out front and loud

  4. Breastplate of Righteousness is on identity – becoming secure in your identity

  5. Breastplate of Righteousness is placed on you

  6. The Breastplate goes on you – no human being can put on their own breastplate. It must be placed on them by another (armor bearer)

  7. You must daily ask Christ to place righteousness on you and receive it.

  8. Shield of Faith must be taken up – it’s about aggressiveness

  9. God likes for people who chase down his blessing.

  10. Breastplate of Righteousness is about a helpless state of receiving whereas the Shield of Faith is about aggressively seeking God.

Breastplate of Righteousness, Part 3: God Thinks You are Wonderful! - UD

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

Righteousness part 4 by John Fichtner

  1. The opposite of accepting is to criticize

  2. In the same way God has given the gift of complete acceptance, we’re to accept others in the same way

  3. Three times scripturally where we point out wrongs of a brother: 1.) If they’ve sinned personally against you, 2.) if you are an authority over someone and 3.) when you asked to give council.

  4. Council – you wait until you are asked

  5. Criticism emphasizes what you did wrong

  6. If you ever allow a person to criticize you, you permit them to rip off your breastplate of righteousness.

  7. Deception of critical person is they think they see things no one else sees

  8. Don’t ever let someone close to you who doesn’t think you are wonderful

  9. Critical people hate to admit that maybe they don’t understand everything (Proverbs 18:2)

  10. “Help me understand” – phrase that’s the door to dialogue 

Breastplate of Righteousness, Part 4: How to Break Sin Habits - UD

2000-01-01

Pastor John Fichtner

Righteousness part 5 by John Fichtner

  1. Connecting obedience to righteousness –it’s not about waiting until it feels right (as if it comes from a inward part) nor do you do what you’re supposed to do simply because it’s the right thing to do.

  2. Romans 6:16

  3. No one ever broke a sin habit off their life to they saw the sin habit producing death in them and saw God’s way producing life.

  4. Romans 8 – Holy Spirit mentioned 24 times in 39 verses. Chapter in the Bible that mentions the Holy Spirit the most

  5. Not enough to see the problem of sin habit; you must have power (Holy Spirit) to walk toward life

  6. The Spirit is how you have a new nature to do right

  7. Righteousness - Something you must see and something you must have

  8. If you obey because it’s the right thing to do, you’ll fail since the focus is on your own power to obey

  9. Obediance leads to righteousness

  10. Righteousness is seeing and having the inward nature of God to do right.

  11. Phrases to pray: “If I screw up today, I’m still a son – and I’m still invited back into your presence by the Blood of Jesus.”

  12. Ways to pray on righteousness: “Holy Spirit, please fill my emotional cup with the Father’s acceptance of me.”

Armor of God Names of God Jehovah M'Kaddesh and Jehovah Shammah - UD

2012-05-20

Pastor John Fichtner

Armor of God Names of God Jehovah M’Kaddesh and Jehovah Shammah by John Fichtner

 

  1. Find your own style

  2. The Lord who Changes Me

  3. The Lord who is Here

  4. Thirsty

  5. Kaddesh yourself, make yourself holy

  6. Consecrate, prepare, to show yourself sacred, majestic and honored

  7. Make something known or obvious

  8. The world needs to see what a child of God looks like

  9. Show people

  10. Be special

  11. Be a saint

  12. Start to see yourself as the treasured, adored child of God you are

  13. We set the direction, the Lord does the work

  14. I want to want to

  15. I am yours, have your way, I am in way over my head

  16. So much yet to see and understand

  17. Lord, change my heart

Armor of God Names of God El Shaddai and Jehovah Jireh - PROVISION - UD

2012-05-27

Pastor John Fichtner

Armor of God Names of God El Shaddai and Jehovan Jireh – PROVISION by John Fichtner

 

  1. Needs

  2. Provision

  3. In heaven money is asphalt

  4. Hates the subject of money being dwelt with in your mind

  5. Don’t hate debt; be terrified of debt

  6. Biblically you never plan for the best; it’s not faith, it’s foolishness

  7. Look for the worst case scenario

  8. If you were naïve, you were shocked by the recession

  9. Living within your means is tested first and foremost in your house

  10. Train people to be healthy souls

  11. I care about mental rest

  12. I will have a paid off home

  13. When you have paid the price to serve Jesus, the benefits package is mind boggling

  14. If your husband does porn, you have to kick him out

  15. Kids – God gives them to you and you give them back to Him

  16. 100% of our anxiety over money is over our wants

  17. The only thing I ever need is You, El Shaddai

  18. You are El Shaddai, the God who is enough

  19. People get into debt because they are empty inside

  20. If I get wisdom, I will never again repeat this

  21. Why did this happen? What do you want me to learn? How do I get out of this mess?

  22. I was foolish when I planned for the best

Armor of God Names of God Jehovah Nissi and Jehovah Ra'ah - FORWARD - UD

2012-06-03

Pastor Tommy Stevenson

Armor of God Names of God Jehovah Nissi and Jehovah Ra’ah by John Fichtner

 

  1. Forward Movement

  2. Overwhelmed by the goodness of God

  3. These are personalities of Him. It’s an expansion of who He is.

  4. I know Him more than just ‘God.’ … He goes by all these names.

  5. Get to know all of Him, every part of Him

  6. The fight for stability

  7. The Lord my Banner

  8. The God who declares me the winner before the battle begins

  9. Battle is anything that is in opposition to God and your confidence in His word

  10. You already won. Keep going, keep fighting.

  11. Eph. 1:3

  12. Col. 3:1

  13. Everything you need, you’ve already got on you

  14. Scripture says it’s seed, time, harvest. We want seed, harvest. …We want it instantly.

  15. Time is where faith is involved

  16. It does not matter whether the results manifest or not. It matters if you stay in the faith.

  17. If money was not an issue…If you knew you could not fail…what would you do?

  18. The enemy’s goal is to get you so frozen over the attack so you don’t move forward

  19. Move on!

  20. It’s your reaction that is more important

  21. Lifting your hands can be warfare

  22. When people come in the battle and see hands lifted up, they feel encouraged

  23. I believe I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

  24. I will surrender to Jehovah Nissi, the God who already declares me the winner of this thing

  25. Stability = stay ability

  26. Jehovah Ra’ah – the Good Shepherd gives you the ability to stay and stand

  27. The Lord is my Shepherd, therefore I shall not want what anyone else has. I only want what He has.

  28. See how far God brought you

Armor of God Names of God Jehovah Shalom and Jehovah Rapha - RESULTS - UD

2012-06-10

Pastor John Fichtner

Armor of God Names of God Jehovah Shalom and Jehovah Rapha by John Fichtner

 

  1. The fruit of my life

  2. Judges 6

  3. Exodus 15

  4. The Lord is with you, mighty warrior

  5. Peace does NOT equal passivity

  6. Fight FOR peace

  7. Fight early to have peace

  8. Jehovah Shalom, the Lord is Peace

  9. Jehovah Rapha, the Lord is my healer

  10. One of the ways that physical healing comes is soul healing

  11. Grumbling, self-pity and bitterness are all the same thing

  12. Grumbling, self-pity and bitterness is the single-most powerful weapon against you that Satan has

  13. When your sin habit is feeling sorry for yourself, the more destruction they bring into your life, the more you feel sorry for yourself.

  14. The opposite is the single greatest weapon in the kingdom of God – nothing else is close – is thankfulness.

  15. Thankfulness is the ultimate step of faith, the ultimate step of hope, the ultimate step of love. It is the three greatest virtues all in one phrase.

  16. You need to see that your complaining, whining, self-centeredness is causing bitterness in your soul and you are going to drink it.

  17. Only Jesus can take your worst misery and make it your greatest victory

  18. Submit means delegated authority

  19. If you are under someone, it is your job to find out the parameters to their authority

  20. Submit to a pastor as he leads you closer to Jesus. If he stops leading you closer to Jesus, you withdraw, go somewhere else.

  21. The husband’s authority is very narrowly determined…. The curse made you bullies…when I redeem the curse, I will give you a job. Your job is “the two shall become one.” The only authority you will ever have is to require this woman to talk and pray with you and to stick with it until the two of you have found something that pleases you both. Any other thing, the husband has zero authority.

  22. Honor has zero subject of authority in it. But it has the potential to be ten times the influence.

  23. 2 Peter 1:5-11

  24. Just keep changing…and you will receive a rich welcome into the kingdom of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

  25. Ephesians 6:1-2

  26. I will be more passionately in love with Jesus every day until I die

  27. Do you know how to tell the difference between when you are dialoguing with your mate and when you are vomiting on your mate? …If you are going to your mate and there’s no decision that needs to be made, how to respond to your boss, to a situation, you are vomiting…Will you feel better after you share it? No, I’ll just want to share more after that.

  28. Vomiting makes you more negative and steals your peace