Take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The Spirit uses the word of God as his sword to defend us against the
deceptive, dangerous, and destructive lies of Satan. The question is: What is the word of God Paul is referring to in Ephesians 6:17b?
Paul is referring back to Ephesians 1:13 when he said, "In him you
also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,
and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit..." In the context of Ephesians, the word of God is the word of truth, the
gospel or good news of God's grace about salvation (see my blogs on this website about Ephesians and the good news of God's grace)
Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and
petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers
for all the saints.
What does it mean to pray in the Spirit?
Many teach that to pray in the Spirit means to pray in tongues...or a
heavenly language. There are two problems with this interpretation.
Problem #1: Tongues is not in the context of Paul's letter to the Ephesians.
Problem #2: Not everyone has the gift of tongues (1 Cor 12:30; 13:5). I do not have this gift.
Take the helmet of salvation...
Some of the most effective schemes of the devil and his evil forces are
to convince us that God is angry at us, and is not loving, merciful, or
kind toward us.
Another effective scheme is to convince us we can or have lost our salvation.
In Ephesians 1-2, Paul explains the nature of our salvation. Under the inspiration of the Spirit of Christ, Paul says that while we
were dead in our sins, following the ways of the world, we became the
objects of God's great love, abundant mercy, and bountiful grace that he
kindly poured out upon is through Jesus for our sins.
"In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you
can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one."
Satan will never stop shooting his flaming arrows of lies toward our
hearts and minds. His lies are always in conflict with the truth of the
grace of God freely given to us in Jesus. When his lies come, we shield
our hearts and minds from his lies by faith, or by believing the truths
Here are the truths of grace from the book of Ephesians to believe when Satan seeks to deceive.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist...
We are continuing to study the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-18. We have discovered that we take our stand against the lies of the devil and his powerful evil forces by standing in grace, or by believing the truths of all that God has freely done for us through Jesus in Ephesians 1,2, and 3. Let's now look take a closer look atstanding firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.
The purpose of a physical belt is to hold all of our clothes together so they do not come apart.
In my blog,Standing Your Ground By Standing In Grace, we looked at how the devil and his forces of evil seek to destroy our lives by deceiving us with their lies. We looked at the first lie the devil and his evil forces lie to us about, the character of God. Their goal is to distort the character of God with their lies so they can destroy our lives.
InStanding Your Ground By Standing In Grace, we discovered that the devil seeks to distort God's character by diminishing the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
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.
We all know we are in daily battles. We fight these battles every day. They are real. However, we must identify who the real enemies are in these battles if we are to fight successfully and emerge from them victoriously.
So often in life, we feel like our battles are against others with whom we have relationships.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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.
Paul, The Apostle of Grace
In Ephesians 6:10-11, Paul begins bringing his letter to the Ephesian believers to a close. He instructs them to "
Many families long for the day when their loved one breaks free from his addiction and begins living for the purpose for which God created him. They find it difficult to understand why their loved one just doesn't quit. Their loved one's addiction has resulted in tremendous loss, heartache, and pain, leaving a trail of self-destruction. But their loved one continues in this addictive life-style, and they do not know why.
So what goes on inside the heart and mind of one who has an addiction?