Tag: armor of God
Scripture reading for December 1st: Ephesians 1-6
Ephesians is one of my favorite letters from God through Paul. It contains amazing spiritual truth and insight for those in Christ’s church. There is a wealth of encouragement and some fantastic prayers! The Gospel is explained in Ephesians 2:8-11. The church and it’s purposes are laid out in Ephesians 4:1-16. Following that, there are practical instructions for wise living for those in Christ. I have often used these chapters in counseling others over the years I have ministered. The last chapter helps us with spiritual warfare and the armor of God.
“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:15-20)
The only way to live wisely in these evil days is to be filled with the Holy Spirit! This is not a one-time experience of speaking in tongues or an emotional high at a Christian meeting. It is a personal relationship with God the Holy Spirit. As we live full of the Holy Spirit, we live a life of worship. When we are filled with the Spirit, our speech is pleasing and in harmony with the Spirit of God.
We thank God because we recognize that everything we have is from Him. Our strength and health, as well as our material possessions are gifts. We overflow with thanksgiving and melodious speech. Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs come from our hearts as we are filled with awareness of God’s many blessings.
This is the secret to wise living in evil days! Ask the Lord to fill you afresh with the Holy Spirit today! Begin your day with worship! Read some Psalms or sing a spiritual song of love to the Lord from your heart! Decide to speak in harmony with the Holy Spirit to everyone you meet today! May God unveil all the spiritual blessing that are yours today in Christ Jesus!
Scripture reading for September 28th: Ephesians 6:1-24
Paul gives some more practical instruction and pastoral counsel on how to live in the fullness of the Holy Spirit and imitate Christ. He encourages children to obey their parents, citing the fifth commandment. He counters that with a word to fathers: “Do not exasperate your children, instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:1-4) Paul understood fathers tendency to over-react or come down hard on children who were disobedient. Fathers should spend adequate time in instruction and explanation of the truths of God’s word.
Slaves and masters are also addressed. Each one was to remember that God was their true Master and that they were working for Him. Proper attitudes and treatment of employees and their bosses in the workplace was a spiritual and moral requirement for Christians. Being a true Christian affected home life and business.
“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.” (Ephesians 6:10-13)
The real battle was not with people, either in the home or the workplace. The real battle was spiritual and the enemy was spiritual. The forces arrayed against the Christian were demonic and evil spirits who sought to scheme against Christians and get them to abandon their faith. This battle requires God’s power and armor, used each day in the battle to stand our ground and take new ground! We must put this armor on and stand.
In reality, each piece of armor listed by Paul speaks of Jesus Christ. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus is the truth. Jesus Christ is the central message of the Gospel of peace. Jesus is our righteousness and our salvation. He is the sword of the word of God in human flesh! When we are ‘in Christ’, we are ready to stand in the daily battle! We are more than conquerors!