Friday, May 9, 2008

Day Four: Called to Be a Warrior

Ephesians 6, verses 11-18, reveal our enemy, who is neither a person nor an ideology but the spiritual realm that sets itself against Jesus. These verses also reveal our weapons...truthfulness, integrity, right standing with God, preparation of the Gospel of peace causing us to be sure-footed in battle, faith (our shield) , salvation (our helmet), and word of God which is our sword. We need to PRAY, PRAY, the Spirit, at all times for all God's saints!

We war whether we stand up to the fight or not. The battle plans are clear, our weapons provided...receive the power to fight by His Spirit. Pour Yourself out, oh Mighty Warrior, we receive Your power to fight. We meet the enemy of our souls and stand against Him. WE ARE VICTORIOUS, BECAUSE JESUS IS VICTORIOUS!!! AMEN AND AMEN!!!

11"Put on God's whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

12For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

13Therefore put on God's complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].

14Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,

15And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.

16Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].

17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.

18Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God's consecrated people)."

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