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Put on the whole armour of God … Praying always … and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me” – Ephesians 6:13,18-19a

Standing strong in Christ means being alert and watching – but watching for what?

1) First, we watch for Christ’s return. Jesus said he would return at an unknown hour to take his followers home and judge the ungodly. There won’t be time to say, “Wait, give me a moment!” He warns not to procrastinate.

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” – Matthew 24:42

2) We need to be alert for those trying to lead us astray. Sadly, some have not followed that admonition.

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, … ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. – Jude 1:4

3) And we are to watch for opportunities to serve Christ. Jesus said, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing (Matthew 24:46). That means doing as much good as we can while we can, to whom ever we can.

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:10

– fritz

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Put on the whole armour of God … Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit … for all saints; And for me” – Ephesians 6:18-19a

Preparation accomplishes little unless something is actually done. Our defence against wickedness is not all about us or about us getting ready, it involves actually doing something.

Our task? Prayer; being alert and praying.

Prayer is not a once a day, week, month thing, it is to be our primary activity – as we drive, work, play, whatever – always being alert to a need to take to our heavenly Father

Be … fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; … continuing instant in prayer – Romans 10a, 11b, 12d

– fritz

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A Spiritual Sword

[T]ake the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God – Ephesians 6:17

It is said that the best defence is a strong offence. Describing God’s protective armor for us the Bible says we are to use the word of God like a sword. He, of course, is referring to the Scriptures.

Jesus, when tempted in the wilderness,1 struck back each time with the scriptures – responding, “It is written …, it is written…, it is written1 quoting a passage that directly addresses the problem. Can we expect to succeed differently?

This means we must pick up our Bible and get to know it – better a little each day than a lot at one time. Take the lunch hour to feed your body and your spirit or listen to it in the car on the way home. Take it with you to read when waiting for the kids at soccer.

Get to know your Bible, it will keep you strong.

– fritz
1 – Matthew Chapter 4

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Know-So Salvation

And take the helmet of salvation – Ephesians 6:17a

Our salvation is not just something for the heart, it’s for the head, too. Jesus chided the woman at the well just little by saying, “You worship what you do not know”.1

Salvation is knowable – we can know that we are saved, we can know how we are saved, we can know how salvation “works”, and we are to do so.

– fritz

1 – John 4:22a (NASB)

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The Shield of Faith

[T]ake up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. – Ephesians 6:16

God uses our everyday objects to teach us about unseen things.

Paul, imprisoned for his faith,1 saw soldiers quite often. He advised Christians that they, too, have armour for their spiritual battle. We use our faith like a soldier uses his shield.

This scripture tells us two things:

1) The evil one uses “flaming arrows”; his weaponry pierces and burns – a past or present regret, a perceived fault or character flaw, rejection, isolation, gossip.

2) The burn can be extinguished by faith – faith that Jesus is not just the savior but my savior, faith that all my guilt and flaws as real as they may be or have been are covered by his sacrifice, faith that since he did this when I was his enemy how can he do less now that I am his friend.

“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” – Romans 5:10

1 – Ephesians 6:19

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Covered Feet

[T]ake … the whole armour of God, … your loins girt about with truth … the breastplate of righteousness … your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” – Ephesians 6:13-15

A person doesn’t need to recognize a battle to be in one. Society may call it an emotional problem, an addiction, a family issue, a legal battle, but unless we recognize the spiritual aspect of our struggles we can’t endure.

The Bible says we have the armor – we just need to put it on and use it!

Third listed is the preparation of the gospel of peace; literally, preparing the good message of God’s peace and prosperity. The focus is not survival but thriving and taking that peace and prosperity of victory to others.

“Praise be to the God … who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” – 2nd Corinthians 1:3

– fritz

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[T]ake … the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, … having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” – Ephesians 6:13-14a

The Bible lists eight essentials for withstanding evil days, warning us to take time now to prepare.

It takes boldness and confidence to withstand any adversity; any display of weakness or fear is an invitation for disaster. Spiritual adversity requires the boldness of being right with God – the Bible says “the righteous are bold as a lion.”1

We can’t be bold by our own rightness for our best efforts are woefully inadequate but, thankfully, Jesus did the heavy lifting. He lived a righteous, sinless, life and offers himself to be our covering.

“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” – Galatians 3:37

It is the breastplate, strong, fit, and unwavering, that the enemy sees not how well or inadequately we are behind it.

– fritz

1 – Proverbs 28:1b

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