Let’s get our heads on right this morning for the battle ahead…

Let us put on the full armor of God each and every day…

Ephesians 6:10-18
Expanded Bible

Wear the Full Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His ·great [strong; mighty] power.

11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s ·evil tricks [schemes].

12 [For] Our ·fight [conflict; struggle] is not against ·people on earth [flesh and blood] but against the rulers and authorities and the ·powers [or cosmic powers/rulers] of this ·world’s darkness [darkness], against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly ·world [realm; places].

13 ·That is why you need to [For this reason,] put on God’s full armor.

Then on the day of evil [persecution generally or end-time tribulation] you will be able to ·stand strong [keep your ground; resist the enemy].

And ·when you have finished the whole fight [after you have done/accomplished everything], you will still be standing.

14 So stand ·strong [or ready], with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the ·body armor [breastplate] of ·right living [a righteous life; or God’s own righteousness/justice; righteousness].

15 On your feet wear the ·Good News [Gospel] of peace ·to help you stand strong [for firm footing; or to be fully prepared].

16 And ·also [in addition to all this; or in all circumstances] use the shield of faith with which you can ·stop [extinguish] all the ·burning arrows [fiery darts] of the Evil One.

17 ·Accept [Receive; or Take] the helmet of salvation, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the ·word [message] of God.

18 Pray ·in [or in dependence on] the Spirit at all times with all ·kinds of prayers [prayers and requests], asking for everything you need.

To do this you must always be ·ready [alert] ·and never give up [with all perseverance].

Always pray for all ·God’s people [the saints]. Amen
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In the Christian life we battle against “rulers and authorities” (the powerful evil forces of fallen angels headed by the devil, who is a vicious fighter; see 1 Peter 5:8).

To withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use EVERY piece of his armor.

Isaiah similarly mentions God’s armor (Isaiah 11:5; 49:2).

Paul gives this counsel not only to the church, the body of Christ, but also to each individual within it.

The whole body needs to be armed!

Satan checks for weak spots; he knows them all. So we must help each other, stand our ground, and resist the enemy until the end of the battle. Don’t try to face him unarmed.

We are engaged in a spiritual battle—ALL believers find themselves subject to the devil’s attacks because they are no longer on the devil’s side.

Thus, Paul tells us to use EVERY piece of God’s armor to resist these attacks and to stand firm, staying true to God in the midst of them.

These who are not “flesh-and-blood enemies” are demons over whom the devil has control.

They are not mere fantasies—they are very real.

We face a powerful army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church.

When we believe in Christ, these beings become our enemies, and they try every device to turn us away from Him and back to sin.

Although we are assured of victory, we must engage in the struggle until Christ returns, because Satan is constantly battling against all who are on the Lord’s side.

We need SUPERNATURAL POWER to defeat Satan, and God has provided this by giving us his Holy Spirit within us and His armor surrounding us.

If you feel discouraged, remember Jesus’ words to Peter: “Upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell WILL NOT CONQUER IT (Matthew 16:18).

When the enemy, the ruler of this world (John 12:31), sends his flaming arrows of temptation, doubt, lust, anger, despair, or desire for vengeance at us, we can hold up our shields and stop them.

We are assured that “every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith” (1 John 5:4).

Stand in faith against Satan with firm courage, even when he uses his most fearsome weapons. God assures you of victory.

The Bible tells us that we are “more than conquerors,” but ONLY THROUGH CHRIST, He’s the Vine we are the branches and we can do nothing of significance without Him!

SELAH (Pause and calmly think about these things)

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Author: SPARKS FROM THE ANVIL OF LIFE

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