Thursday, May 15, 2014

When You're in the Cross-Hairs

I must have a target on my back.

And on my forehead.

And between my eyes.

The past...too long to even remember...has been riddled with one spiritual attack after another.
"Spiritual attack" sounds so grim and foreboding, I know, but it's real stuff. 

Ephesians 6:10-18 The Message (MSG)

A Fight to the Finish

10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
13-18 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.

And today, after having one of the worst days I've had in a verrrrrrrry long time yesterday, I decided I am ready to do a series on the Full Armor of God and Spiritual Warfare. It sounds kind of ominous and spooky, but it's real. The Bible is clear about that. It's so real and to be expected, in fact, that the book of Ephesians talks about putting on the Full Armor of God in order to withstand these attacks. 

This Armor is not to protect us physically like it would protect a warrior in battle, but each piece of Armor represents a spiritual tool to protect our minds:

The Helmet of Salvation

The Breast Plate of Righteousness

The Belt of Truth

The Shield of Faith

The Sword of the Spirit

Shoes to Spread the Gospel of Peace

Over the next 6+ posts, I look forward to going over each one, learning more about each and sharing what I am learning with you.

We are not powerless. 

We just need to learn how to use our tools. 

Until next time...
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