Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. G-F-W. Amen.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
The Armor of God
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For 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. 13Therefore 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. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In 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. 18And 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 saints.
This may be one of the most preached on passages that Paul wrote. Even if we have heard this one hundred times, we always need to hear again. Paul knows how to end a sermon, even if it is in a letter. He wants us to be ready for battle and take a stand. Our war is not with each other,( what a radical thought,) but with the devil and the powers of evil.
God gives us the tools, both offensive and defensive, to fight this battle. Read again, list all of the parts of the Armor of God and what they represent. Remember, God is with us. As long as we trust him we will be victorious. The whole body (church) needs to be armed and ready to fight against Satan. We need to use supernatural, (Holy Spirit,) power to win.
Prayer- Thank you God for giving me the things I need to do your work. Help me to remember to put them on and use them. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
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