Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 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. 17 Take 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. (Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV).
This section of scripture seems to be popping up all over the place, lately.
Turn on Christian radio, a preacher is teaching on it. Talk with another believer, she brings up how she is impressed with its timeliness. Put in some worship tunes, guess what the lyrics center on?
Do you suppose God is trying to say something? To us? Today?
Just as there was fresh manna each morning for the Israelites in the wilderness (for two days over Sabbath), God keeps us abreast of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of His Word (spiritual “food”) for the day specifically and the day, as in the era, in which we live.
And I can’t think of a better reminder, warning, encouragement, and necessity than the instructions in Ephesians 6:10-18 right now and for the foreseeable future.
Does lawlessness seem rampant? Religious persecution on the rise? Geopolitical mayhem of biblical proportions about to explode around the globe?…
It has been suggested that a good way to implement this little power-packed passage of the Good Book is to “don” the articles of our real warfare first thing in the a.m., perhaps right along with pants, shirt or blouse and skirt. Then it’s out the door–or right here at home–(spiritually) armed and dangerous, at least to him who “prowls about seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
And don’t forget to “fit your feet” with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. (Now, that part of spiritual armor has to really bug The Prowler who would just love for us to initiate the conflagration so then he can do his worst work. Don’t you think?)
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