From the Heart
Paul describes for us in Ephesians 6 the Christian soldier who is prepared for an attack. Picture yourself fighting off the attack of an enemy in Paul’s day. He thrusts at you with his weapon, but your shield repels the assault. Then he tries to land a blow against your skull, but you’re protected by your helmet. Since that didn’t work, he now attempts a double blow. While you have your shield raised to ward off a violent hit, he extends his spear around the other side, hoping to penetrate you defenses yet you have on your breastplate, and you’re protected.
It has been said that a good defense is also having a good offense. Paul states in Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
We need to know the word of God. A Bible promise, spoken at the right time, can render the challenges of the devil useless. Jesus did it when tempted by the devil in Matthew 4. With God’s Word— “the sword of the Spirit” - you will be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. As we begin this new year, I pray that God would strengthen you and help you to grow in you knowledge and application of His Word.
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