Spiritual Sundays - Armor of God

A Fight to the Finish [From Ephesians 6:10-18; The Message]:

10-12And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.


13-18Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.






It's a great day to reflect on the One Who sustains us with strength...For more of encouraging posts, please visit Spiritual Sundays.


Thank you sisters Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this special place of nourishment. God bless you all and "Be strong in the Lord's mighty power!" - Ephesians 6:10.

16 comments:

  1. thank you for your encouragement!

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  2. I hadn't heard that song before. It's beautiful. I think deep inside we are all children.
    I needed to hear the scriptures you shared and it was so plain in the version you chose.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  3. Powerful Scriptures. And they certainly are clear and easy to understand from the message. I had never heard this song before. Thank you for posting.

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  4. We constantly have to be reminded of this, thanks!

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  5. The Message translation is so powerful! Thank you for sharing with us.:)

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  6. Beautiful reminder to be all we can be...and use our gifts to love and encourage others.
    Blessings and prayers, andrea

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  7. Have a great weekend. Praying for you and for your family - you are always so encouraging I pray that God will do something really special for you this weekend. Sarah

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  8. Thank you, dear friend, for finding the utmost encouragement for us as we visit you.

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  9. Beautiful song! This is the first time hearing it for me.I will keep your family in my prayers
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  10. What a beautiful song, and thank you for sharing, I am so glad that God has given me this armor, I don't know where I would be if I didn't have it.
    I will certainly be praying for yours son
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  11. I loved this song..thanks for sharing it. Isn't it wonderful that He gives us everything we need to defend ourselves in these battles? All we have to do is use them. I will pray for your son. Blessings to you, Debbie

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  12. Thank you for sharing. Have a good Sunday.

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  13. I don't normally read this translation. "Be prepared. You are up against far more than you can handle on your own." WOW! I love that wording.

    Praying for you and for your sick son today.

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  14. Putting on the armor is the only way we will be able to defeat satan...thanks for reminding us of this powerful scripture...
    chasity

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  15. This was awesome Rosel!
    On our own, we are so weak! But He makes us Strong!!

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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