Always Ready……

to fight the enemy.

Prepared.

Equipped.

Satan is plotting against me every day – watching for the weaknesses in my defense.  Satan is whispering in your ear – do you hear him?  Telling you you’re a loser or encouraging you to make decisions that are going to create negative consequences for you.

It’s a battle.

God has given you and I real armor in order to fight this battle.  He teaches us about how to use it through what Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:

The Belt of Truth needs to be buckled around our waist.  This is what we’re working on right now as we read God’s word – knowing and living the truth.  All the lies swirling around me are not going to change my thinking when I know the Truth.

The Breastplate of Righteousness needs to be in place – protecting our hearts.  I know the right thing to do because I know the truth. Through the power of the Holy Spirit living within me, I can do the right thing.

We must put on the the sandals of peace – always ready to share the Good News of Salvation.  The only real peace any of us will ever find here on earth is in a relationship with Jesus.

We carry our Shield of Faith with us everyday so we can deflect the flaming arrows coming at us from Satan and his army.  He’ll try to  distract me or harm me but my faith will keep me safe and steady.

We put on the Helmet of Salvation to protect our minds from the confusion, anger and evil which surround us.  My perspective is very different from the culture around me because the Spirit of God lives within me.

The Sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon we need.  Satan has already lost the war.  And when I know and use the Word of God in my thinking, decisions and actions, Satan is reminded of his defeat and he retreats.  Every time.

Thank you for your perfect armor, Abba Father.

Always Ready……

to fight the enemy.Oct 9 2014 Always Ready

Prepared.

Equipped.

Because our enemies are plotting against us every day – watching for the weaknesses in our defense.

When we read about the Israelites in Nehemiah, they were prepared for a battle.  They were also rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem.   Half of them did the rebuilding while the other half stood with their spears, shields and armor ready.

They had heavy, bulky, real armor.

We have real armor as well.  It isn’t as heavy as what the Israelites had but it’s much more effective.  Paul gives us the details of our spiritual armor in Ephesians 6:

The Belt of Truth is buckled around our waist.  This is what we’re working on right now as we read God’s word – knowing and living the truth.

The Breastplate of Righteousness is in place – protecting our hearts.

We wear the sandals of peace – always ready to share the Good News of Salvation.

Our Shield of Faith helps us everyday to deflect the flaming arrows coming at us from Satan and his army.

The Helmet of Salvation protects our minds from the lies which surround us.

The Sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon we need.  Satan has already lost the war.  And when we know and live and use the Word of God, Satan is reminded of his defeat and he retreats.  Every time.

Thank you for your perfect armor, dear Father.