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James and LeesaWord-from-our-pastorEphesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Jesus’ followers are in a spiritual battle. Because we seek to live for God, we are the targets of enemy attacks. Satan, God’s enemy and ours, will do all he can to leave us discouraged, doubting, and defeated.
Many of us leave home in the morning forgetting that we are in a spiritual battle. It’s no wonder we can become overwhelmed or overcome by the trials and temptations we face. When you understand the idea of putting on the whole armor of God, it changes how you start your day; it strengthens your spiritual walk as well as it allows you to focus on and serve Jesus whole-heartedly no matter what comes your way.
These prayers will help you keep your eyes on Jesus, stand firm in the faith, and experience victory in life and ministry. By doing so, you will be inviting the Holy Spirit to empower you, whom the Lord said He would send to be our help, comforter, and our strength.
Ephesians 6:10-18 says, 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….
  • Stand firm then with the Belt of Truth buckled around your waist(Lord, please give me understanding of what is true and right in every situation I walk into today.)
  • With the Breastplate of Righteousness in place(Lord, I thank You that I am loved by You and that You have washed my sin away and covered my doubt with Your Righteousness, please help me to walk a righteous life each day.)
  • And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace…..(Lord, give me strength, stability, stamina and mobility with the gospel of peace so that Satan cannot knock me off my feet; rendering me helpless to move forward in my walk with Jesus Christ.)
  • In addition to all this, take up the Shield of Faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one…..(Lord, I thank You that by faith in Your power I can be protected from temptation and wrong desires today. Guide me and protect me. Keep me from temptation and increase my faith in You.)
  • Take up the Helmet of Salvation(Lord, I thank you that you went to the cross to save me from the penalty of sin and  I belong to You!) –and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God…. (Lord, give me the desire to read Your Word. Help me not to just read it but to obey it as well.) –And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…. (Lord, guide my day and gently remind me to bring my problems of the day to You as they arise.) –With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints….” (Lord, I pray for my brothers and sisters-in-Christ and the battle that they are in as well. You are our hope! In the POWERFUL name of JESUS I pray Amen.) 
 
THE ARMOR OF GOD- DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!
 
Pastor James
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

Published: April 1, 2015