10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
I have a confession….my devotional life has been lacking lately. I’ve been so caught up in “ministry” that I’ve allowed my spiritual disciplines to suffer. Ever been there? The truth is, while I’ve been doing ministry, I’ve cheated God out of our time together. I haven’t been putting on the full armor of God and I’ve felt attacked in the last few months.
How are you putting on the full armor of God?
Have you felt spiritually attacked lately?
I’m starting this blog because I care about my spiritual disciplines and I care about the spiritual disciplines of those that I lead. We all need to spend more time in The Word. Let’s pray for each other and encourage each other. We are not alone in our faith journeys but sometimes we act as if that’s the case. If you don’t have a disciplined time to read and meditate on scripture I want you to take just a few minutes out or your week (let’s be honest- we all can spare a few minutes a week!) to read some scripture. I would like to use Sunday mornings as an opportunity to talk about it as a group and encourage each other as we grow in our faith. I’m leaving on vacation tomorrow but let Ephesians 6:10-18 be our start. Feel free to leave comments or questions below for discussion. Have a great week!
For His Glory,
19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
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