Ephesians 6 - Prayer and protection

Living for the Glory of God, does mean at times that we will be fighting against the devil's scheming. Where there is good there is evil, where there is purity there is filth and where there is rule there is a temptation to break it.

Our battle is with the rulers, authorities and powers of this dark world and the spiritual battle going on around us.

In the study for Ephesians five, I addressed the thought that we can do all these 'good' things without God in our lives, and yes we can. We can challenge the rulers, authorities and powers of a dark world, but we cannot fight the spiritual battle without God.

In your own strength the power of temptation can overcome you, the ways of the world can draw you in. These battles are not to be taken lightly, God knows that we will struggle, he knows that there is some power in darkness and he provides us with the armour for the battle. Through Jesus' death he has already overcome the darkness, so only in his power are you also able to overcome.

The belt of truth. It is through the truth of God's word that the lies are defeated. You are a chosen, loved and accepted child of God, so when someone speaks against you in hate you know that it is a lie because you stand firm in the truth. (John 8:32)

Breastplate of righteousness. You have been made righteous through Jesus' death and resurrection. People are all to quick to point out your faults and past mistakes, but you can stand firm knowing God sees you through the blood of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

The Gospel of peace on your feet. Through the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection your future is secure, no outside influence can threaten your eternity and nothing can separate you from the love of God. This knowledge gives you a peace in your heart that can never be found in the things of the world, a peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)

Shield of faith. The security of knowing who you are and whose you are, shields you against the lies and temptations that the world has to offer you. Having your security in God, rather than any 'thing' means it cannot be taken or tempted away. (Romans 8:38-39)

Helmet of salvation. Your mind is protected by being focused on God, the author of your salvation. Everything around you is geared to play into your mind and thoughts. The advertisers job is to make you believe you need their products and society tells you how you need to act or dress a certain way. God is all you need, his saving grace and his eternal promise. (Colossians 3:1-2)

Sword of the Spirit. This is the word of God, one of the best defences is knowing your Bible, knowing God's truth and peace. It is with the sword of the Spirit that Jesus' battled the enemy in the desert. The Bible is your guide to life, the answer to your questions and the reassurance of your salvation. (Hebrews 4:12)

You are in a living relationship with a living God and any relationships relies on communication so pray, always and for everything, pray.



4 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm visiting from Faith Filled Friday. We learned the hard way the need to pray at all times. We pray every morning, often in the afternoon, and again at night for safety, etc. Just like we brush our teeth twice a day, we should pray twice a day for God's protection and His guidance. And yes, I totally agree that we should be praying continuously about anything and everything. It's about keeping our hearts attuned to God's. Thanks for sharing!
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    1. Wow Christina I am inspired by your commitment to prayer - great habits to make thanks for visiting :)

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  2. I'm not sure we can ever say enough how often and how fervently we need to pray! Thank you for the reminder!

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