Sunday, January 22, 2017

last minute instructions

Paul lays out final instruction for the followers of Jesus in Ephesus.

They're pretty wise words for us as we travel thru the days ahead.

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.

  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.

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.

17 Put on salvation as your helmet,

and take the sword of the Spirit,

which is the word of God.

  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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