A World in Conflict – New Testament Thursday

ephesians6_13“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
—Ephesians 6:13

With the tragic news of the shooting in Orlando on Sunday, we are all reminded that the world we live in is not a peaceful one.  Politicians have already begun talking about guns and war.  Our minds race about the flesh and blood battles that take place, but there are other battles taking place all the time.

Ephesians 6:12 tells us…

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

On Sunday, well before Omar Mateen entered that club, the rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world, and spiritual forces of evil attacked and led Mateen into sin and towards committing this evil act.  While that particular evil act is over, the enemy has not stopped attacking.

Each and every day we face the attacks of the enemy trying to lead us away from God, lead us into sin, and lead us into evil.  So, the Bible says to prepare.  Put on the full armor of God.  Put on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of Christ’s righteousness, the belt of the Truth of God’s Word, the shoes of the Gospel, the shield of faith, and sword of the Spirit (the Word of God).

In other words, spend time in prayer.  Spend time studying God’s Word.  Remember and hold fast to the promises of God.  Live and share the Gospel.  Know God’s truth so you can combat the lies of the enemy.  Cover yourself in the grace and mercy of God that by His grace you may withstand the attacks of the evil one.

Dear Jesus,

This world seems full of evil sometimes, but I know Your goodness is also here.  Remind me of Your goodness.  Watch over me and protect me from the attacks of the evil one.  Cover me with Your armor and keep me steadfast in true faith in You.

Amen

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