For the past 3 weeks I’ve been working on memorizing Ephesians 6:10-18. While 8 verses might not sound like a lot, they are power packed full of good news that I felt like I couldn’t just memorize and move on with. I wanted to soak it in, understand it, and even apply it daily. Here’s some of what I’m taking away from this 3 week study of Ephesians 6:10-18.
- Put on the full armor of God – Just from the first verse alone it’s clear that we are being defended by a powerful God. One who can equip us with armor to face our daily lives. But WE have to take action too. It’s not “God will put his armor on for you”. It clearly says, “(Implied YOU) PUT ON the armor of God.”
- 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 – Well that’s intense… It’s easier to think about fighting a war when you can see who you’re fighting, touch who you’re fighting, even kick who you’re fighting. But we aren’t in a fleshly battle. It’s unseen by the world but VERY real. I think another part of this verse that jumped out at me was that it doesn’t say that we’re fighting demons or spirits or whatever. It just says that we’re fighting against the RULER of all things that are spiritually dark. It’s kind of like we’re battling an actual disease, not just the symptoms of that disease. And the fact that with our armor we can do that is pretty darn cool.
- To stand – Two words. Again a command. “To stand.” But how?! Well….
- Belt of truth – At our very core we must have truth to extinguish any lies that the evil one tries to make us believe.
- Breastplate of righteousness – We must protect our hearts and everything else that is vital with righteousness, honesty, purity, and justice.
- Feet fitted with readiness – Where we calls we have to GO. Without question. And quickly. I think that the concept of being at the ready of a command is lost to us because we are so consumed with a day-to-day schedule. We have to be okay if that schedule is broken though.
- Gospel of peace – The good news of Jesus that keeps our mind at ease in the storm. It’s all about a focused mind that has no room for Satan to enter!
- Shield of faith – The fact that our faith in Christ is such a HUGE protection is amazing. Literally, it is described as a shield that can block off the flaming arrows of the evil one! Belief and trust in our Savior seals up all the holes that Satan would like to get in. Wow!
- Helmet of salvation – Again, the knowledge that we are safe because of our Savior and what he did for us. Having that surround our brains. Our thoughts. It’s just so powerful!
- Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God – And while all of the previous defenses have been just that… defenses. THIS. This is our weapon. Now we’re playing offense and it’s time to cut up some enemies with a sword. What is that sword?! The Word. The living, breathing Word of God that is active even now. It’s not a dead book. The Bible is just as God-breathed today as it was when it was written. And this one little piece of a verse made me realize why this 6 month memorization goal is so important (and why it should go on for a lifetime, not just 6 months). Because by memorizing God’s word we are ACTIVELY FIGHTING the evil one and darkness that is in this world. When the Word gets inside us, WE become the weapon. WE are God’s offensive team ready for action. WOO! Just gets me fired up and ready for battle 🙂
- 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 – The power of prayer as our weapon. With any kind of prayer or request… because not only does he fight, but he also listens.
Yeah. That’s good news alright 🙂
Now for this week, something well known but not a bad thing to reflect on.
- Galatians 2:20
- Philippians 2:2-3
- 1 Corinthians 10:13
- Philippians 3:7-8
- 2 Corinthians 3:18
- Hebrews 13:8
- Proverbs 23:17-18
- John 1:5
- 1 Peter 3:3-4
- 1 Timothy 1:7
- Ephesians 6:10-18
- Ephesians 6:10-18
- Ephesians 6:10-18
- John 3:16-17