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The Full Armor of God!

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Ephesians 6:10-20 – The Armor of God

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.

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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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Psalm 23 – The Great Shepherd

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Cleanse Me!

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Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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Washed clean

The moment you put your faith in Jesus and you surrender your heart to Him, you are completely forgiven of every sin you have ever and will ever commit. Not only are those sins forgiven, but they are completely washed away. So, when I talk about praying for cleansing, I’m not in any way implying that anything else needs to happen for your forgiveness and cleansing from sin. That has already been taken care of – completely! 

However, if you’re anything like me, you live with the sensitivity that the attitudes of the world can start to rub off on your heart and have a negative impact on your spirit.

Once in a while, we just need to ask the Holy Spirit to take His pressure washer of grace and blast off the gunk.

I love David’s prayer of repentance in Psalm 51:10. In particular, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

What a great prayer for all of us to pray.

God, I don’t want any of this world’s residue to build up in my spirit. I want to live freely and love completely.

Wash me, cleanse me, and make me shine!

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In these immense losses and grief, a portion of my heart disappears along with my hopes and expectations for the future. What am I left with after these traumatic experiences? Fear, anxiety, heartbreak, and disappointment. These feelings and emotions can overwhelm me sometimes, and eventually lead me to despair. Despair is a dark spirit of heaviness that squeezes the life and breath from my purpose, my hope, my willingness to continue. It is the place the enemy meets me, anticipating that I will give up and let him win. Despair is void of hope. Despair is hopelessness. In that dark place where I falter and stagger, the enemy whispers death and defeat, hoping I will make agreements with him. “It’s too hard. You can’t do this. You won’t make it. You may as well give up.” 

The enemies strong purpose and desire is to ultimately steal your hope, for then he has killed your faith.

Your hope can be taken away if your hope is in a desired outcome or result. But true hope is greater than even your worst circumstance because Hope is a Person. Our God, who is Hope, is greater than any event. He can never be taken away. 

In these times we can turn to scripture for encouragement.

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Abba Father’s answer to the lies of the enemy is His presence. He is with you no matter what mountain is in your path. While your enemy is pushing you to try an “easier” path, one of avoidance, shutting down, or medicating, the God of Hope knows the way through, the way over that immense difficulty. He has travelled this path and is not surprised or intimidated by any event that altered your life and destroyed your normal. 

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