Monday, July 2, 2018

Stand Firm

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:10–13 (KJV)


John Phillips Outline of Ephesians

  1. Introduction 1:1-2
  2. The Christian and His Blessings 1:3-3
  3. The Christian and His Behavior 4:1-6:9
  4. The Christian and His Battles 6:10-20
  5. Conclusion 6:21-24

Most of the epistle deals with relationships with God, the Body of Christ (the church), the family, and the community. Ephesians 6:10-20 give ultimate instruction on how to live Christian in a non-Christian world. We must be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. The born-again life, the spiritual life, is far more powerful, superior, and significant than the life of flesh and blood. It must be lived in Christ, in His Spirit. We must be filled with the Spirit.

5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5

This is why so many spiritual battles are lost. We try to fight them in the flesh rather than in the Spirit. All of salvation is wrapped up in the Savior. His power and grace are sufficient for our every need, even in the hardest spiritual battles of life.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Be Strong in the Lord

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:10–13 (KJV)


The way to live more Christian is to have more Christ.

30 He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30

27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Col 1:27

10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; Phil 3:10

This is the life of the disciple of Christ. Self is diminished as the spiritual life in Christ is increased. It is done by the power of God unto salvation.

Be strong in the Lord. As an aging senior adult ai find my body is weakening. Energy levels are not what they once were. But the inner man, but God’s grace is strengthening day by day.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2 Cor 4:16

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Battle Ready

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:10–13 (KJV)

I was a firefighter in Greenville SC in the early 70’s. I used to dream that the fire bell would go off in the middle of the night, and I would pull on my turn-outs that were right beside me bed. Jump down the poll, and onto the truck. My helmet and gloves were ready as the truck was pulling out. But I could not find my fire coat. It was a nightmare. Every piece of the protective gear is needed if you are going into a house fire.

Every piece of God’s armor is needed if we are going to stand against the enemy as he throws everything at us that he can find. God’s armor is an analogical portrait of God’s provision for His people as they face the enemy within and without. Those who put on His armor have put on Christ, they have given careful attention to their need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. They are ready of battle.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Real Enemy

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:10–13 (KJV)

We wrestle not against flesh and blood. Our battle is not with family members, church family members, people in school, work, traffic, or elsewhere. I used to say that my worst enemy was in my head. There is some truth to that since the Old Nature still messes with me from time to time.

But the real enemy is Satan. We fight against spiritual principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places. If we take this text literally it will help us in the confrontations and conflagrations that crop up every day. The person before us is not the enemy. They might be used or influenced by him, but they are not him.

No wonder we need the armor of God!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Put On the Whole Armor of God

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10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph 6:10–13 (KJV)


Put on the whole armor of God. It is all vital. Can you imagine a Marine without his rifle? A firefighter without her helmet? A Christian without his Bible? A believer without her prayer life?

If we would not want to fall for anything than we must stand for something. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

Take on the whole armor! But the belt of truth is uncomfortable. It challenges me about the things I’d rather not talk about. Put it on beloved. It is truth and it is good. Denial will kill your joy and your effectiveness. You will not stand, you will quickly fall if you have not the truth. But the helmet of salvation will brainwash me. No, it won’t do that; it will protect your thought life. It will help you to be transformed by the renewing of you mind.

Do you get the point? We must embrace all that our Father provides if we are to stand as His children and His disciples. Whatever part of the armor we leave off will be our weak spot. The enemy will look for our vulnerabilities and there is where he will attack. Put on the whole armor of God.



Monday, July 9, 2018

The Loins Girt with Truth

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

The loins are to be girted with (the belt of) truth. Those who enter the battle with integrity can do so without fear. Grace is the wonderful expression of God’s unconditional care for His people. It is His unmerited favor given freely to all who believe. By grace we are covered and protected in the most sensitive and weakest parts of our bodies on the spiritual battlefield of life. It is a belt/girt/covering of truth. And the truth is most needed.

The truth is that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. There is none righteous no, not one. We go into battle with no sense of self strength but in God’s strength and power. It is Almighty God that must go before us as we face the enemy. The victory is the Lord's. And that is the truth.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Breastplate of Righteousness

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)

6 But we are all as an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; And we all do fade as a leaf; And our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isa 64:6

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Rom 3:10

30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 1 Cor 1:30

18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. Rom 6:18

The Breastplate of Righteousness is the sealing presence of the Holy Spirit who guards our hearts and points continually to our righteousness, the Lord Jesus Christ. We have no merits that make us righteous; we have no demerits that can remove the righteousness of Christ. We are sealed until the day of salvation.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph 4:30

The Believer who longs to be continually right with God continually prays:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23–24


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Gospel of Peace

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)

The Roman Soldier wore sandals that were piked. They were protective and they could be offensive weapons. When he put them on he was preparing for battle.

Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace are prepared to march against the gates of hell. But they are worn by those who speak a word of good news in a bad news world. Jesus saves!

Our feet must be ready to stop before the boundaries that God sets for us. We must not go there. And they must be ready to go through those doors that God has opened for us. The disciple must follow the Lord. There is where we will meet men and women of peace who are ready to hear and respond to the Good News.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Shield of Faith

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3 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)

Faith is more than a belief in the Bible; it is belief in its Author. It is more than belief in His promises; it is belief in Him. It is still written on our coins, but it must be written in our hearts, “in God we trust.”

A properly used shield can deflect the enemy’s darts from striking the heart, mind, eyes, ears, and any part of the body.

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb 11:6

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17


Friday, July 13, 2018

The Helmet of Salvation

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13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Eph 6:13-18 (KJV)

The enemy often attacks the mind. He loves to confuse the thinking and thought processes that are based on grace and truth. The Bible calls us to protect our minds:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23–24

. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom 12:2

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; Eph 4:23

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:. Phil 2:5

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8