In case I haven’t mentioned it enough, my wife is serving on a short terms missions trip to Romania until Sunday! This is good for her and the kingdom…bad for me, because I miss her and I’m out of clean socks.
On my wife’s Prayer Calendar today it says “Persevere in Warfare” and the scripture is fitting, from Ephesians 6:10-20 about the armor of God, a good reminder for all of us in our daily battles of how to equip ourselves:
10Finally,(A) be strong in the Lord and in(B) the strength of his might. 11(C) Put on(D) the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against(E) the schemes of the devil. 12For(F) we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against(G) the rulers, against the authorities, against(H) the cosmic powers over(I) this present darkness, against(J) the spiritual forces of evil(K) in the heavenly places. 13Therefore(L) take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in(M) the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14Stand therefore,(N) having fastened on the belt of truth, and(O) having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and,(P) as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up(Q) the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all(R) the flaming darts of(S) the evil one; 17and take(T) the helmet of salvation, and(U) the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying(V) at all times(W) in the Spirit,(X) with all prayer and supplication. To that end(Y) keep alert with all perseverance, making(Z) supplication for all the saints, 19and(AA) also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth(AB) boldly to proclaim(AC) the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I(AD) am an ambassador(AE) in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
- Belt of truth: truth support us, rely on it.
- Breastplate of righteousness: protect your heart, know that if you are with Christ, you are righteous before God thru Him
- Shoes for your feet: Go Mel, Go. Preach it!
- Shield of faith: Our defensive weapon, our faith in Christ will protect us, don’t rely on ourselves or give in to worry
- Helmet of salvation: keep your head – you are saved. Rest in that. Don’t let the battle get to you
- Sword of the Spirit: our offensive weapon. God’s perfect Word, written and recorded — the Bible. However, we can’t use it if we don’t know it.
- Pray. Always. Melanie has my iPod, so I pray for her a lot…every time I look for my iPod. 🙂
- Paul starts all this by exhorting them to “Stand Firm!”