In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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 saints. Ephesians 6:16-18 (NIV)
Have you ever felt like you were under attack? Have you ever known that evil had come against you? Has it ever seemed like the devil was shooting flaming arrows at you? I can say yes to all your questions. I have definitely been under attack from the devil and all his evil. What protection do you have against the devil and all his evil? How will you be able to stand up when you are under attack? You will make me able to withstand up when I am under attack. How so? Right now, I can think of four ways that you will protect me when I am under attack. I’m listening. First, you have given me the shield of faith. You have helped me to place all my faith in you. You have helped me to come to rely fully on you. When I am under attack, I can come to you. I can draw near to you. I can submit myself to you. I can resist the devil and all his evil and he will flee from me. This shield of faith will protect me from whatever the devil tries to launch against me. Yes, it will. What else? You have given me a helmet of salvation. The life of salvation you have given me to live will protect my mind. You will help me to fix my thoughts on you. Instead of thinking evil thoughts, you will help me to think thoughts that are good and right and pleasing to you. You will guard my thoughts as I love, follow and serve you. Yes, I will. What else? You have given me your word. You have filled my heart and mind and life with your word. It is my delight to meet with you in your word. Your word is changing my heart, transforming my mind, and guiding my life. It is my joy to hear you speaking to me in and through your word. I am especially thankful that your Holy Spirit takes your word, and at just the right time, uses it like a sword to fight in me, with me, for me, and through me. Your word is making me able to resist temptation and fight against evil. Yes, it is. What else? Your Holy Spirit is helping me to remain alert and watchful and prayerful. You are helping me to live and walk through life with you in an ongoing dialogue of prayer. You are giving me prayers to pray. You are granting answers to my prayers. You are leading to pray for both myself and others. This life of prayer you have given me will be protecting me whenever I am under attack. Yes, it will. It pleases me that you know that you will have my protection when you come under attack. Thank you, Lord. I will rely on all your protection. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for your armor of protection. Thank you for the life of salvation you have given me to live. Help me to think your thoughts, speak your words and take your actions. Use your word as a sword to fight for me. Help me to be alert and prayerful. Amen
Key Question… When has God’s word fought like a sword in you, with you, for you and through you?
Living It Out… Allow the armor of God to protect you against every attack of evil you will face in life.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the armor of God will make you able to withstand all the attacks of evil you will face in life.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Holy Spirit has used God’s word like a sword to fight for you.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow the Holy Spirit to use God’s word like a sword to fight in you, with you, for you, and through you.
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