Monday, April 23, 2012

Lifewords strength to strength series 28 of 35 Strength Armour


lifewords strength to strength series 28/35

The Book of Ephesians is powerful description of the life we are to live in Christ.  In chapter one we learn of our possessions in Christ (every spiritual blessing!)  In Chapters two and three we discover our position in Christ (fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God!). In Chapters four through six we see our purpose in Christ (to have a walk worthy of the calling). 


Then, in Chapter 6 we understand that to effectively carry out our purpose it will require God's strength. He says, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might." Paul's final concern is that the Christian be strong, so that we can finish our course well for the glory of our King. Not strong in ourselves, but in the strength of God. He explains how: "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the principalities and powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."

We must understand that every day we have an enemy who wages war against us and against God's purposes. But, we have been given everything necessary to live in victory. Paul explains how we must live in this Battle Zone every day of our life."Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." Our strength comes from God alone, and we can choose every day of our life to put on the spiritual armor that He supplies.  We put on Truth, like a belt.  We put on righteousness which acts as a breast plate.  We put on the Gospel of Peace as shoes.  We take up faith, like a shield.  We put on salvation like a helmet. We become experts in God's Word which is the Sword of the Spirit. And the most important part... learning to pray with perseverance every day of our life.


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