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Joe and I have a very close friend (and his wife) who is (are) going through a very intense spiritual battle right now. It is manifesting itself in serious health issues, but as I was praying for them a couple of days ago, God impressed upon my spirit (as I was studying Matthew 17:21) that this was not a health problem, but a spiritual battle. And so I have been texting prayers to him every morning. I thought that maybe, they may encourage you as well.

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For you this morning: Father, I lift up [my friend] today and ask that whatever spiritual attack that You are allowing will serve to strengthen his walk with You. May his shield of faith quench the fiery darts that are coming relentlessly.

Sharpen his “Sword” that he may attack, and give him peace in the battle. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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I kept thinking about a prayer this morning, but what kept coming to my mind was, “May God wrap His arms around you today”. I’m praying for you in this battle. God will not let go. No matter what it looks like, He has you firmly in His grip as you are being tested. Love you!

This has got me through more than one battle: “When the storms of life are raging, stand by me. When the wind is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea, Thou who rulest wind and water – stand by me…”

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Today’s prayer for my friend:
May the night bring peace and not panic.
May the day bring delight and not dread.
May you feel God’s presence in your spirit,
May you feast on His Word and be fed.

Wrap yourself in His promises.
Wrap yourself in His love.
Keep your eye on His goodness,
Your strength only comes from above.
Amen.

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Dressed For the Battle

When praying the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” It might be clearer if we pray “deliver us from the evil one.” And the best way to be delivered is by being prepared.

 Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10-18 that we must put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We wrestle not with “flesh and blood, but against principalities…against spiritual wickedness.” The faithful Christian life is a battle; it is warfare on a grand scale – because when we begin to serve God, and He begins to bless and use us, Satan begins to attack.

This is not a suggestion. Paul tells us twice to put on the whole armor of God and he tells us 4 times to STAND. This is not something we are to put on and take off. We are to be continually putting it on.

God will deliver us, but He does expect us to take on part of the responsibility by being prepared. But note – there’s no armor for the backside – so don’t even think about running away!

So, how do we do this? I like to do it during my prayer time in the mornings and while it might be easier to remember if we put it on from the top to bottom (and I used to do this) I now believe there is a reason it is listed the way it is. This is actually the order that we would get dressed. So, we can actually say,

“Lord, in Jesus’ name, I put on your whole Armor.”

As I put on my belt of Truth –

“I thank you Lord. I know who I am and Whose I am in Christ.” (I must know this before anything else matters!)

Next, as I put on my breastplate of Righteousness –

“Lord, protect my heart, and my emotions, lest I respond emotionally.”

Then, as I put on my shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace

“Lord, may I always walk in the will of God, being prepared and able to stand against anything Satan may throw at me.”

As I pick up my Shield of Faith –

“Lord, I know that You alone are sufficient to protect me.”

As I put on my helmet of Salvation –

“Lord, protect my mind and my thinking today. May my logic be Your logic.”

As I pick up my Sword of the Spirit –

“Lord, arm me with the Sword, which belongs to the Holy Spirit within me. This is the defensive and offensive Word of God (which is sharper than any two-edged sword) and is needed internally as well as externally. Lord, please cut away anything that doesn’t need to be in my life. And Lord, help me to sharpen and polish my Sword every day, because if I do not know the Word, then I have a dull and dirty Sword. Thank You for this Armor.

In Jesus name, Amen.”

 

As we wear the Armor of God, we are to be “praying always…with all perseverance.”

And having done all, to …STAND!

 

Oh… and don’t forget your “underwear”!

Colossians 3:12-14 (shared here from The Message)

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.

Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.

And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”

 

For further study:

Biblical References for the Armor of God

Knowing that Paul was imprisoned at the time of this writing, most people naturally presume that he drew his imagery from the Roman soldier to whom he was chained. And while that may have sparked his memory, there are numerous Old Testament passages of scripture that describe the “spiritual armor” and Paul himself uses several examples of spiritual warfare. A few are listed here.

References to Spiritual Warfare

I Timothy 1:18     II Timothy 2:3-4      II Thessalonians 2:9

II Corinthians 6:7    II Corinthians 10:3-4

I Peter 5:8       Revelation 12:17

 

Spiritual Armor

(as listed from top to bottom)

(also see Romans 13:12)

  • Helmet of Salvation: Isaiah 59:17; I Thessalonians 5:8
  • Breast Plate of Righteousness: Isaiah 59:17; I Thessalonians 5:8; II Corinthians 6:7
  • Belt of Truth: Isaiah 11:5; Isaiah 22:21
  • Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace: Isaiah 52:7;
  • Shield of Faith: Genesis 15:1; II Samuel 1:21; II Samuel 22:3; 36; Proverbs 30:5; Deuteronomy 33:29; Psalms 3:3; 5:12; 28:7; 84:9; 91:4; 115:9-11;
  • Sword of the Spirit: Isaiah 49:2; Hebrews 4:12; Rev. 1:16

Christ is the Armor

  • Helmet of Salvation: Acts 4:12; Luke 1:69
  • Breast Plate of Righteousness: Matthew 3:15; I Corinthians 1:30
  • Belt of Truth: John 1:14; 8:32; 14:6; Ephesians 4:21
  • Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace: John 14:27; John 16:33
  • Shield of Faith (or Door*): John 10:7;9; 1 John 5:4-5
  • Sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God): Isaiah 49:2; Revelation 1:16; Revelation 2:12; 16

 

*In Greek, this word for Shield describes a large “door-like” shield, and is closely related to the word for Door

 

May God bless you in your studies and as you put on the Whole Armor of God!

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One of our pastor’s favorite scriptures comes from Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you will prosper…”

One day when some worries were weighing heavily I thought of this verse and, being the “detail” person that I am, I decided to look it up and find the context of the passage.

Isaiah 54… hmmm… Many of us are familiar with Isaiah 53 which is commonly called “The Song of the Suffering Servant” and describes much of Jesus’ torture and suffering, but Isaiah 54 tells us what comes after His suffering. One commentator said, “Chapters 54-56 [of Isaiah] are oracles of salvation to three different groups of people who are the beneficiaries of the Servant’s ministry. Chapter 54 is addressed to those in exile who are faithful to God and represent the spiritual Church in all ages.”

Isn’t that where we are? Aren’t we “in exile”? Don’t we sing, “This world is not my home…”? The “Servant” promises children for the barren, and a redeemer for the dejected. He promises (much like Psalm 46:2) that should even the mountains be moved, His lovingkindness – His hesed shall not depart.

He promises that should his servants be attacked, it won’t come from Him (which, by the way, tells us who it IS from!) And then finally in verse 17 He says, “No weapon formed against you will prosper” and not only that, but “you will silence every voice raised against you” (NLT).

But, probably the most encouraging part of this promise comes next as God says, “This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD.”

Oh my brothers and sisters! This is your heritage! This is your inheritance! As a born-again child of God, this promise is for you!

Now… does this mean that as a servant of the Lord, nothing will ever go wrong for me again? Does this mean that I won’t suffer or have problems? No, it just means that these things won’t rule over me – they won’t prosper – they won’t succeed in stealing my joy… unless I let them.

This morning my husband’s car broke down on the way to work. He could not say, “I refuse to believe that my car has quit running”, that would be silly. What he did say was, “Thank you Lord that it happened so close to home. Thank you Lord that I am able to load it up and haul it home. Thank you Lord that I have another vehicle to drive today… and on and on and on. This “weapon” or situation that could have caused his whole day to suffer did not “prosper” – it did not succeed.

The “world” would call this PMA – “positive mental attitude”. But a positive mental attitude will only go so far because it is based on MY attitude. My “joy” is based on the promises of God – the God who promised to never leave or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). But the cool thing about Hebrews 13:5 is the next verse which says, “So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’” Not only “what can ‘anyone’ do to me”, but what can “any situation” do to me.

If you are a servant of the Most High God, “No weapon formed against you will prosper” because “This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD.”

I just had to share! Have a great and “God-filled” day!

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