Spiritual Warfare: The Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16 Ephesians tells us of the plan of God from eternity past to create a new humanity through the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, and to unite the church and the whole creation under the headship of Christ. Out of Jews and Gentiles, all mankind, he is forming one new man. Everyone stands on equal footing; heirs of the same promise, recipients of the same gift of faith. All Christians therefore are to walk worthy of the calling that they have received, to be the new humanity, to build and participate in this radical new society, the new mankind – the church (the Kingdom of God). We are to maintain the unity of the Spirit on the bond of peace; we are to use our

Spiritual Warfare: The Gospel of Peace

Ephesians 6:15 Have you ever known someone at perfect peace? (Isaiah 26:3-4) This person is at ease with whatever is happening to him, no matter the circumstances or trials he is facing. Maybe it is a frightening medical diagnosis, or that he is on his deathbed or in the rubble of a difficult relationship. In spite of these circumstances, he has a tranquility, joy and contentment based on an abiding confidence in the providence of God and assurance that all will be well. Adam and Eve had peace in the Garden of Eden. They had a perfect relationship with God and with each other. When sin came, peace departed and we have been searching for it ever since. Often we look in the wrong places o

Spiritual Warfare: The Breastplate of Righteousness

Ephesians 6:14 Forgiveness shuts the mouth of Hell, but you have to be perfect to get to Heaven. The forgotten half of the gospel is the righteousness of Christ. There is something about safety in the midst of danger that fascinates us. That could explain why some people enjoy bungee jumping, sky diving and roller coasters. If you follow the rules and trust the equipment, you’ll be OK. The safety bar on a roller coaster keeps you in your seat, not your grip on it, but its grip on you. The performance of the safety equipment is so predictable that there is only a story for the news headlines if the equipment fails. God has given us trustworthy, reliable equipment to keep us safe in the mi

Spiritual Warfare: The Belt of Truth

Ephesians 6:14 When you go out in a boat, why do you take a life jacket? In case you need it, of course. We take the Belt of Truth with us in our spiritual journey. Life throws nasty curves at us and we must be prepared to stand our ground and not be destroyed, because we are in a war. Spiritual Warfare may be defined as “Overcoming the world, the flesh and the devil—knowingly, intentionally and consistently.” A simpler definition is “Walking with God through life.” “Why are you exhorting me to duty if I am saved by grace?” you might ask. Has God planned everything? Yes. Do we have a choice? Yes. The Bible teaches both that God is sovereign and that we are responsible. We are looki

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