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During my quiet time this morning I just felt drawn to Ephesians 6. The armor of God. This past week or two have been really hard weeks. Satan has been attacking. He has attacked me financially, physically, and emotionally. Major car expenses, major medical expenses, torn ligaments, arthritis, many aches and pains, physical exhaustion, continued grief for my Mom, Dad, and my husband, James, loneliness, and worst of all the murder of a new friend and her 9 yr old daughter and their funeral. I want to stay positive. I don’t like negativity! I was struggling this morning and wanted to go to Jesus to see how to stay positive and He took me to Ephesians 6. The armor of God. What a place to go!
I started reading in Ephesians 6:10, the part about the armor of God, but it starts out with the word, “finally”. I stopped right there. I had written “in summary” next to the word “finally” from a sermon at one time or another. I decided to go back to see what Paul was summarizing. So, I go all the way back to chapter one. I see in verse 3 that “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with ‘every’ spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”
Verses 7-9- “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the ‘riches’ of His grace which He ‘lavished’ on us in ‘all’ wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him.”
Verse 13- “In Him you, also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation–having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.”
Verses 18-20 (I can’t type out all of what I found, but look them up if you are so inclined)
All of chapters 3, 4, and 5.
Then we come to chapter 6. “Finally” ( in summary), “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” In looking up the word “might” in my concordance it took me to Ephesians 1:19– “and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when he raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.” We have access to the same power and might that God used to raise Jesus from the dead and the grave!
If we put on the armor of God, we can stand firm against the schemes of the devil. He (the devil) plans and schemes. He lies and deceives.
We find in 6:12 that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood”, husband and wife, parent and child, neighbor, co-workers, employer and employees, Republicans and Democrats, etc. It is “against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Verse 13-18 says, “Therefore, take up the ‘full’ armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, AND HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one (many times the devil uses fire to do his evil), And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”
Well, that was my quiet time for the day. Hoping that you all don’t mind that I shared that with you today. It was on my heart.
How do you use the Armor of God?
Robin is the widow of James, mom of Sarah & Hannah, mom-in-love of Matthew (Sarah’s husband) and Grandma to Callie. She is a prayer warrior and lover of the Word of God. She is a creative mixed media artist and loves to do crafts of all kinds. She is a retired nurse and currently loving the retired life.