Butt Kicking

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. (Proverbs 1:5)

Solomon, the author of Proverbs, was a very wise man.  He had the opportunity to ask God for anything and the thing he asked for was wisdom.  We now have the opportunity to glean from that wisdom.  These words above remind us how important it is to listen and learn.  We find guidance in discernment.  Discernment comes from our connection to God.  We get connected to God by getting to know Him.  Let’s continue to learn from the Word and see what it has to offer us.  May our ears be in tune to the work of God and may we truly listen for God’s guidance!  I pray the Word will come alive for you today!

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Armed and Dangerous

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:10-11)

Yesterday, we explored the struggle that Paul discusses in Ephesians.  We identified what that struggle is, the need to take a stand against it, and where to find the strength to do just that.  Today, let’s talk about the specific armor that Paul gives us to enter into the battle against the enemy.  How do we fight in hand to hand combat against the enemy?

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Wrestling Match

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)

In the last few weeks, I have received a few questions regarding the above verse so I think it’s time to explore what this verse means for our lives.  What is this struggle that we face in life?  And how do we fight against it?

1.  Find Strength in God

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”  ~Ephesians 6:10 (NIV)

This passage of Scripture is Paul’s final instruction to the church in Ephesus.  The church in Ephesus was pretty messed up.  They were doing all kinds of things that were ungodly.  Paul knew that they would not be ready for the day of battle, if he did not prepare them because their minds were preoccupied by ungodly matters.  So Paul let’s them know it’s time to take a stand in God’s strength.  Our strength for the daily battles that ensue us come from the Lord alone, He is the one who has the power to fight all that we face.  His power is sufficient to win every spiritual battle against the enemy.  Remember what the Lord said to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

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