Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Christians Often Use The Wrong Weapons

Ephesians 6:11-20, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

In this Scripture passage we learn of the believer's seven pieces of armour and weaponry:
  1. Loins gird about with the truth
  2. Breastplate of righteousness
  3. Feet shod with preparation of the Gospel
  4. Shield of faith
  5. Helmet of salvation
  6. Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God
  7. Prayer
These are our spiritual weapons of warfare.

So often as saints, we choose to use the world's inferior weapons of criticism, anger, revenge, holding a grudge, giving the silent treatment, needless lawsuits, hatred and unkindness, dishonoring the Lord Jesus Christ. May we all Walk in the Spirit to fulfill the law, by loving our neighbor as our self.

I encourage you dear reader to get busy sharing the Gospel with lost sinners. Pray for the people in your life, getting your mind off of yourself. Philippians 2:4, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Speak the truth and contend for the faith (Jude 1:3). Have faith in God (Mark 11:22b).

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