Celebrating Peace and Preparing for Battle
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The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against [a]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 [b]in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 [c]With all prayer and petition [d]pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, [e]be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in [f]chains; that [g]in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 But that you also may know about my circumstances, [h]how I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you. 22 [i]I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know [j]about us, and that he may comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ [k]with incorruptible love.
November 4th ,2018
1. As you reflect on the following list, what do you need to do in your
life this week to “put on” your spiritual armor in full so that you
can celebrate peace and prepare for battle?
• Spiritual Sanity
• The Word of God
2. In what ways can you help your Christian friends to be prepared
for the battles in their lives?
3. How do your spiritual gifts connect to the pieces of “spiritual
armor” that are easier or harder for you to “wear” on a regular