Bring It ON

posted Aug 23, 2015, 2:26 PM by web feat
Evil is real. It was real in Jesus' time, real in Paul's time, and it is real in our time as well. But Paul - sitting in a prison cell, chained to a soldier to prevent his escape - shares a strong and helpful visual image of how we can stay strong, no matter what:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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.

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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Wise words that if taken seriously, can help us endure whatever life throws at us.

Based on Ephesians 6:10-20 from the NIV.  Click here to listen to the message, and access related resources.