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Pray At All Times

Pray

Our final direction on suiting up in the armor of God is “with all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” In other words: Pray all the time.  Be on alert. Don’t quit. Pray for each other.

Pray all the time.  I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.” So how do we pray all the time?  We start and don’t stop.  It’s an attitude of always being in constant conversation with our Lord.  Even when we are not talking to Him, He is there and we can pick up our conversation right where we left off.

Be on alert.  I Corinthians 16:13 says, “Be on alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” We are to be on guard all the time in this war as battles spring up from out of nowhere.  Remember our war is not against flesh and blood, but with spiritual forces. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.”

Don’t quit.  As believers, we are called to persevere. Keep on keeping on.  The Lord is on our side; who can stand against us?  2 Chronicles 15:7 says, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Pray for each other.  I’ve heard it said, ‘anything God can do, prayer can do.” We must pray for each other.  My rule of thumb is if someone comes to mind, I say a quick prayer for them. If I can’t stop thinking about them, I pray long and hard for them.   Matthew 18:19 says, “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” And Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

I don’t know about you, but I need your prayers for me.  I have been in situations that I could not even express and a brother or sister will be praying for me. I will literally feel God’s presence in a stronger way and later find out that they were praying for me at that time.  It’s awesome that our Lord sends help, even when we have yet to ask!

We are in a war as long as we are on this earth.  But don’t lose heart; the victory has already been won! Our enemy, the devil, has been defeated. We are overcomers because Jesus has already overcome the world!

Suit up!

 

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For 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. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

 

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Change of Venue

 

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Thank you so much for following this blog.  Your comments and encouragement mean more than you know. And thanks to you, I have decided to expand my reach so I am revamping my web presence. My heart is still about leaving a legacy – the one God has called us to leave.

In doing that, I am bringing this blog down and moving all the information to my new site.  Please go to https://www.wendyrpoe.com and subscribe there.

You will be seeing blogs on faith like you have gotten here and some on family and more on the kinds of fun that inspire me (crafts).  So you may learn more than you ever wanted to know about things I like and enjoy!

With that said, why don’t you click on over and see the new and exciting changes!  There will be even more changes as we go forward.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Blessings,

Wendy

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Sword of the Spirit

armor1     swordofthespirit

In a battle, swords are welded for defense and for the offense.  Our sword is the Holy Bible.  In this war against principalities and powers, we MUST be proficient with the Sword.

You will not know God’s Word by simply listening to a preacher on TV or in Church.  You must read and study it for yourself.  The book of Acts teaches us that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things.  God’s Word is living and actively instructing us through the Holy Spirit as we study.

You may find that if you and a friend study the same passage of scripture you both will have a slight variation of what that scripture said to you.  This is what I mean by it’s the living Word of God.  So long as both instructions measure up to the total teaching of the Bible, the Holy Spirit through the Word instructed you both based on where you are in your walk with Christ.

When the devil comes at you with lies like “God really didn’t mean…” or “God could never forgive you for…” you must be able to weld the Sword in defense.  The only way to do that is by studying the Bible for yourself!

What about offensively?  Philippians teaches us to think on things that are pure, true, trustworthy, and honorable and so on.  When we do this, we are being offensive in our use of the Sword by actively keeping our minds on pure things the ways we were instructed.

Matthew teaches us to seek God first.  This is using the Sword offensively.  When we seek Him first, all our needs will be met.

The Sword tells us things we should not do but it is full of things we should do:

  • Love God with all your heart, soul and mind
  • Love your neighbor as yourself
  • Honor your father and mother
  • Keep the Sabbath holy
  • Give to those in need
  • Take care of widows and orphans
  • Take up your cross daily
  • Make disciples
  • The God’s precepts and statutes to your children

If we just concentrated on the first two of these we would be busy on offense in this war.  And the best part is that as we love God supremely and others sacrificially, we will be seeing people added to the kingdom of God as we go!

Take up the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God!

 

 The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For 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. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

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Helmet of Salvation

armor1         helmetofsalvation

We are in a war.  Not with flesh and blood but with principalities and powers of the air.  It seems to me that one of the devil’s ploys in this war is to mess with our heads.  If he can deceive us or get us off track, he can take a break because we then are off in the wrong direction.  NOT actively fighting the current battle.

Think about that.  When’s the last time you started chasing the proverbial rabbit only to “snap” out of it later and realize you missed some valuable time with those you love or doing something specific God had called you to do?

Therefore, we MUST put on the helmet of salvation!  We need the whole suit of armor if we are going to be able to withstand the wiles of the devil.  The helmet is used to protect one’s head.  That is a very important part of the body, wouldn’t you say?

You are not totally suited up without the helmet.  The helmet of salvation protects our brain.  When you are wearing that helmet, you feel the weight of it.  You know it’s there. And you are consciously guarding what comes at your head.

The helmet of salvation is there to guard:

  • What the eyes see
  • What the ears hear
  • What thoughts we meditate on
  • What comes out of our mouths

With that helmet on we begin to take notice of:

  • What we watch and/or read
  • What / who we let speak into us
  • What we are dwelling on in our thought life
  • What we say to ourselves and to others

I once heard an evangelist preach on the battleground of the Christian life.  He said it is most often fought between one’s ears.  It’s the battle for our minds.  WOW!  If we are so “open-minded” that we believe anything and everything we are not being true followers of Jesus.

Jesus taught very specifically that He is THE Way, THE Truth and THE Life.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through HIM, Jesus.

Put on your helmet of salvation as you suit up for this war we are in.  Suit up every day, being careful of what and who you choose to listen to and follow.  Our marching orders are to follow our KING JESUS.

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For 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. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

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Shield of Faith

armor1  shielfoffaith

I don’t know about you but some days I feel like all I do is dodge those arrows!  Thanks be to our Saviour and King, Jesus Christ, for that shield of faith!

So what is faith?

 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not                           seen.” Hebrews 11:1

In this war (that’s already won!), we must guard our hearts with the shield of faith.  How do we do that?

  • We must exercise our faith by trusting our Lord.
    • Believing He is Who He says He is
    • Believing He can/will do what He says He can/will do
  • We must study the Bible, His word, so we know His ways.
  • We must measure everything we want, do or say by His word and adjust our thoughts and actions to His standard
  • We must remember that NOTHING (NO THING) is impossible with God
  • We must choose faith

Choosing faith is no easy task at times. But the choice is ours none the less. When we learn that we have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; therefore, the choice is a given.  Choose to faith Jesus!

 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”   Galatians 2:20″

Jesus gave Himself up for me (and you, believer) so that we could have eternal life in Him.  That life starts at salvation.  So as you take up your shield of faith, be reminded that we may not always understand His ways.  And that’s OK because His ways are higher than our ways.  It’s our privilege to follow after Jesus.  Wherever He leads, we’re to follow Him.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” — 2 Corinthians 5:7

Yes, I know we like to see the path before us, but He doesn’t always show us the entire path.  So take up your shield of faith and start marching!

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For 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. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

 

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Feet of Peace

armor1   Feet of Peace

I love that the scriptures say our feet are to be shod with peace.  I think that sometimes we stomp our way into a situation or we stomp our way out.  Whether we were right or wrong, we leave the other party feeling anything but peaceful!

When you have shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace you walk lightly around others.  I’m not saying you should have to walk on “egg shells” to spare hurting their feelings.  But you live with an attitude that life is not about YOU.  It’s about Jesus and people coming to Him in salvation.  

So when you walk lightly around others, you are not intentionally being hurtful or judgemental toward them.  You are trying to turn them from sin. Look at what Malachi says,

True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.   Malachi 2:6

Turned many from sin… That’s the goal.  Remember, we’re in a battle, but NOT with each other!  Our adversary is the devil, not our fellow man.  I know that is so hard to remember sometimes. But when you can see that person as a soul that Jesus died for, just like He died for you, and you can see how that person may either be hurting and lashing out or being led by the devil then you can offer the gospel of peace in which you have already shod your feet.

So this week let’s remember to shod our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace before we head out the door.

Blessings,

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For 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. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18

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Breastplate of Righteousness

armor1Breastplate of Righteousness

I’m so glad the breastplate of righteousness is not MY “righteousness”.  We are putting on the righteousness of Christ!

That being said, how do we do that?  When we surrender to Him as Savior and Lord, repenting of our sin, seeking His forgiveness and trusting Him for salvation, we are given His righteousness before God.  Therefore, when God sees us, He sees the righteousness of Christ!  Hallelujah!

Now, as a believer, it is our responsibility and privilege to live holy lives.  We do that by suiting up with the armor of God.  To protect our heart, we put on the breastplate of righteousness.  In other words, we remember Whose we are and we trust Him to lead us in His way.  He leads; we follow.

We no longer have to worry about our sin.  We only have to respond in obedience to the way the Holy Spirit leads us.  When we seek Jesus, knowing we are covered in His righteousness, we are bound to display the fruit of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.          Galatians 5:22-23 

 

When we remember to Whom we belong, the ole devil and those working with him, cannot change the fact that we are HIS.  We have HIS righteousness.  We are free from sin, free from our past, free from our failures and free from the hurtful words of others!

Today and everyday rest in the assurance that you have the righteousness of Christ as a believer. So, suit up!

The Armor  God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For 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. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,          Ephesians 6:10-18