March 23rd, 2007
If you’re a follower of Jesus then you will be engaged in battle, although it is not a battle against people; it’s a battle against spiritual forces. So the issue is not whether you will be engaged in battle, but how well prepared for it you will be. If you’re not wearing the proper armour, then you’re going to get struck down and eliminated. If you do put the armour on, then you can make a stand and resist the spiritual attacks, so that you are still standing when the battle is over. The armour that you need to wear includes truth, righteousness, a desire to tell the good news of peace, faith, salvation, the Spirit and the word of God.
Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians — Chapter 6
6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is the right thing to do. 6:2 “Honour your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with a promise: 6:3 “So that it will go well with you, and you will live a long time on the earth.” 6:4 Fathers, do not antagonise your children. Nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
6:5 Slaves, submit to your human masters with respect and fear and with a generous heart, as if to Christ. 6:6 Do not just be people pleasers, working only when you are being watched. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God wholeheartedly, 6:7 serving with good will, as if for the Lord and not for people. 6:8 You know that when you do something good you will be repaid by the Lord, whether you are a slave or free. 6:9 Masters, do the same things for your slaves, and stop threatening them, because you know that God in heaven is both their Master and yours, and he is not biased.
6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his power. 6:11 Wear the whole of God’s armour, so that you can challenge the schemes of the devil. 6:12 Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the commanders, against the authorities, against the controllers of darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the spiritual world. 6:13 So wear the whole of God’s armour, so that you can resist when the evil day comes, and remain standing when the battle is over. 6:14 Make a stand, wrapping the belt of truth around your waist, wearing the breastplate of righteousness, 6:15 wearing as boots your desire to tell the Good News of peace, 6:16 and above all, taking along the shield of faith, which you can use to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 6:17 Also take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 6:18 Pray all the time in the Spirit with all kinds of prayer and requests. Stay alert and persevere in praying for all the believers. 6:19 As for me, please pray that when I open my mouth I will be given the right words to explain boldly the mystery of the Good News, 6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I will have the courage to say what I should.
6:21 If you would like to know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus, our dear brother and a faithful servant of the Lord, will tell you all about it. 6:22 I have sent him to you for this purpose, so you can know how we are, and to encourage your hearts.
6:23 Peace to the believers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 6:24 Grace to all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with never-ending love. Amen.
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