Armor Up! #1

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

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Years ago, I loved to play an old fashioned Pin Ball Game at an out of the way burger restaurant. When I’d finally hit the steel ball in the center of the draw bridge, a deep bellowing voice carried out from within the machine… “Attack the Castle!”  With great expectancy, about 5 balls would suddenly be released and I would hit those fine steel balls at the walls of the castle to conquer it and take it down!

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, and in particular, Chapter 6:10-18 is not just a significant section of Scripture. It is mandatory for the follower of Christ if he or she wants to truly be a Soldier for the Cross and impact eternity by winning and strengthening souls on behalf of Jesus!

Right now, the devil and his rulers, his authorities, his cosmic powers over this present darkness, and his spiritual forces of evil are plotting not to attack the castle, but rather to Attack the Christian! You, dear brother or sister, in the saved family of God, are his target. Because you are Christ’s personal Ambassador and you are in His Army, the devil has painted a bull’s eye on your back.

Paul sums up his letter to the Christians in Ephesus by saying, “Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (v. 11) But many fail to emphasize verse 10. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” (Bold added) We’d better be sure that we are yoked up with Jesus, spending time in His Word, and learning moment by moment to abide (John 15:5) in Him.

If we are not walking in close fellowship with our Master, Lord, and Battle Commander, there is little chance His Armor will fit or can be carried. We will not be strong enough. We will be in “our strength”, not His.

Let us pray for each other today that each of us would be made battle ready and battle strong!

(Ephesians 6:10-18   ESV) Comments? Send to Jim.Grunseth@Cru.Org

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