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Ephesians 6:10-20 (NKJV)
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 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.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Thoughts from Leslie
Our life is like a canvas.
We are each born with a clean white canvas.
Over time sin causes our canvas to become smudged and filthy.
Through the blood of Jesus each one of us can be restored back to a pure white state once again.
Once this happens we have a second chance to become something new and beautiful!
The possibilities for our new "pictures" are beyond our wildest imaginations.
We have the opportunity to become a priceless new masterpiece!
Each picture God has envisioned for our lives is extraordinary and unique.
Each new stroke He leads us to take will only add value to our priceless art.
Because of this, it is vital that we protect our picture every minute of every day.
We must not allow the dust of evilness to destroy the beautiful art which God is guiding us to create!
To help us understand about this needed protection,
Let's consider how valuable art is protected.
In a museum each masterpiece is contained in a thick glass box of some sort.
As "living" art, we cannot live our daily lives contained in a box,
but, as Christians, we have something even better!
We have the ultimate protection-
The all powerful and protecting armor of God!
Psalm 18:2 (NKJV)
2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Let's look more closely at the meanings of some of the key words found in this verse.
Reflecting on their power will help us truly understand the strength and mite that is within our reach-
when we choose to put on the full armor of the Lord.
Original Word: מַחֲסֶה
Transliteration: machaseh or machseh
Definition: a natural refuge (from a storm, or from an attack)
Original Word: חֵיל Transliteration: chel
Definition: Any fortified place; a fort; a castle; a strong hold; a place of defense or security.
The word fortress means a place of defense, a place so strengthened that an enemy could not approach it,
or where one would be safe.
Original Word: פָּלַט Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: palat Short Definition: deliver
Definition: one that saves or rescues from danger or destruction
We live in an evil world.
There is filth waiting around every corner ready to destroy our art.
BUT....each one of us is offered the highest level of protection.
Our Heavenly Father is offering to help us.
Our Almighty God can not only keep us from danger, He can also rescue us from destruction.
The choice is ours on a daily basis.
We can rely on our own strength or we can choose to put on the full armor of God!
What will our decision be?
Putting on the full armor of God requires action on our part.
To make sure we are completely covered in HIS power daily here are some steps we should take:
- Begin each day in prayer.
- Spend time immersed in God's Word, meditating on one or two key verses.
- Draw upon those verses throughout your day. Write them down and carry them with us if it helps.
- Spend every moment of our day living intentionally connected to our Heavenly Father.
- Strive to align every action and decision we make with honesty, righteousness, and love.
These steps may not come naturally at first, but if we strive to do them each day for several weeks, they will soon become new habits for us.
New habits leads to new thinking. New thinking leads to new outcomes!!!!
Spend some time in prayer. Ask your Heavenly Father to help guide and strengthen you. Lean on Him to help you form new positive habits and thinking in your daily life.