Thursday, March 19, 2009

Donning the Full Armor of God

Today, I am very cognizant of the need to wear the full armor of God: Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation. They are more than words. Much more powerful than words alone. "Words have meaning."

I have been spared much - and for that I am grateful! - but I know the hearts of my family are heavy. Today, I pray without ceasing. From dawn to dusk, I pray. For peace beyond all understanding and for a strength that is undeniably His.

For those who stand up for truth on behalf of many and those who have babysat wolves, I stand with the full armor of God and cover you in prayer. May you feel His presence as you continue your walk. May you know that you are not alone. May you glorify Him in all you say and do!

Ephesians 6:13-24:13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

(The Message): Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

1 comment:

Katie said...

Thank you.
That meant more than you'll ever know!