Read: Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench 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 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
This is the last post in this series on spiritual warfare and “the whole armor of God”. Honestly, I’m ready to get back to the heart and focus of our faith. The insights in these posts have been given in weekly bits, but they are intended to be understood together as a whole. Paul closes his teaching with an admonition: “Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.”
Paul is calling us to four things:
1) Keeping a good, active connection with the Holy Spirit,
2) Awareness, Awareness allows us to see the potential blessings and pitfalls of life, (spiritual warfare is not needed all the time).
3) A connection to other believers (called saints), we support others and are supported by others in the Kingdom of God work and life.
4) Perseverance – a quote from Pastor Robert Schuller comes to mind, “Tough times never last, but tough people do!” The Christian life and faith has always called for faithful perseverance – that’s still true for us today.
May you know God’s blessings for your life,
Pastor Rob Nystrom