Monday, January 13, 2014

gearing up

Paul was in prison when he wrote Ephesians, so closing words in a letter from him would be some of his most important.

This section this morning nudged me further down the towards the direction He seems to be leading us here.

Maybe it a nudge for you too? Let me know if it is, & would you share with me what He's nudging you towards?

Ephesians 6

10 A final word:

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11 Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.

12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies,

        but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world,

       against mighty powers in this dark world,

       and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

           (dan note: BOY, HOWDY!!!)

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor

        so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.

Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

14 Stand your ground,

        putting on the belt of truth

        and the body armor of God's righteousness. 

            (dan note: notice it says "God's" righteousness, not "our" righteousness?)

15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News

        so that you will be fully prepared.

16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 

   (dan note: anybody besides me feeling an ever increasing "fiery darts of the devil' in their life?)

17 Put on salvation as your helmet,

and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

   (dan note: iow, READ THE BIBLE EVERY DAY!!!)

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.

Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

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