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Staying Jesus Strong & Battle Ready

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Ephesians 6:10 (NASB)
At the end of his encouraging letter to the Christ-followers in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul concludes with an analogy. He exhorts the Christians to think like soldiers fully armed and armored for battle. But he is careful to note that we are in a spiritual war rather than a physical battle and goes on to say, Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NASB)

We too are soldiers in a spiritual battle and, whether we like it or not, we have a real Enemy focused on destroying us and our witness for Jesus. Like it or not we are in a battle. The question is always…are we dressed for battle? Paul makes it clear that being battle ready is something we must actively be part of. We must put on the armor God provides!

Note the active verbs as Paul advises spiritual soldiers to put on the armor of God:
• put on the breastplate of righteousness
• shod your feet with the Gospel of peace
• pick up the shield of faith
• take the helmet of salvation
• gird on the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God

I pray this catalog of growth and service opportunities will provide you with knowledge, skills and motivation to be battle ready, fully armed for your part in the great victory that Jesus has for our generation. He won’t dress you. You must put it on!

Pastor Jim