10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish 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 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
The Full Armor of God
The Apostle Paul wrote this letter while he was in prison in Rome. As you will see when you read Ephesians 6: 10-20, there is a sense of power. Purpose to Paul’s writing. He’s not saying to try on the armor of God and see how it goes. He’s telling us to put on the armor of God and shows us the benefit of each piece.
I don’t know about you, but if I were in prison, I’d have a hard time writing with purpose. However, Paul sets a great example that no matter our situation, we have access to God’s provisions for our life.
Our focus verse drives home the point of while yet still in chains, Paul says. “I’m an ambassador for Jesus in chains, and I declare it boldly.”
How many of us have opportunities to speak boldly about Jesus but don’t? Not only did the word “boldly” stand out to me. So did the word “ambassador.” It spoke to me because we are a reflection of Jesus. In our thoughts, words, and actions and while our situation may change, our approach should not.
Declare God is Good!
What kind of ambassador are you when times may not be going the way you want? Most of us won’t be declaring our faith from a prison cell. But you may have moments that feel like you are in that very same situation.
I know many of you are going through broken marriages, addictions, employment issues and maybe even health problems. None the less…cry out, my brothers and sisters!
Remember, the Lord is your shepherd.
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