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    Putting It on by Prayer

    Part 10 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series  Read Ephesians 6:10-20  Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) To be battle-ready, a believer must put on the Armor of God by prayer. If Paul’s Armor of God is a metaphor drawn from a Roman soldier, then how are we to prepare for battle? The answer is prayer.  I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true. The battle we are fighting is not a physical war but rather a spiritual fight. Through Christ, we are victorious, but we must hold this…

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    The Sword of the Spirit

    Part 9 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series.   Read Ephesians 6:10-20 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 (NLT)  To be battle-ready, believers must skillfully use the Sword of the Spirit.  The word of God is the believer’s sole source of offense. This weapon is not a fabled blade wedged in stone but the all-powerful  Sword of the Spirit! Excaliber’s power pales in comparison. The author of Hebrews declares, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint…

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    Helmet of Salvation

    Part 8 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series    Read Ephesian 6:10-20 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17) To be a battle-ready believer, you must protect your thought life with the Helmet of Salvation.  A warrior must protect their head in battle. The mind is the central command of the body. There is not a single action that does not originate – either consciously or unconsciously – from the brain. Of course, this makes sense when dealing with physical combat, but how does this apply to the Christian struggle? The Helmet of Salvation protects the…

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    The Shield of Faith

    Part 7 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series  Read Ephesian 6:10-20 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. (Ephesians 6:15 NLT) To be a battle-ready believer, you must stand behind the shield of faith.  Fiery arrow of accusations will come at the follower of Jesus! Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10). He will call you ugly. He will call you worthless. He will say you are not good enough. He will even make you question your salvation! He is a master at hurling arrows of accusation. The battle-ready believer must shield themselves with…

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    Shoes of Peace

    Part 6 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series.  Read Ephesians 6:10-20 “For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.” (Ephesians 6:15 NLT) To be a battle-ready believer, one must walk in and share the peace given by the Good News. Why would a soldier wear shoes? In Paul’s day, the Roman army was predominately an army of foot soldiers. To move infantry was to have them march. A soldier that could not march was a hindrance, if not useless. Even in today’s military, protecting your feet is essential. A fighter without healthy feet will falter.  Shoes protect your…

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    Body Armor of God’s Righteousness

    Part 5 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series.  Stand your ground, putting on … the body armor of God’s righteousness. (Ephesians 6:14 NLT) To be a battle-ready believer, you must realize your heart is protected with Christ’s righteousness.  Why would a soldier wear body armor? For clarity, many translations render this phrase “the breastplate of righteousness.” A warrior’s breastplate protects their vital organs in heated combat. Chest or center-mass strikes are common in battle because it is the largest target. This piece of armor was crucial to survival. But what is Paul meaning by “the body armor of God’s righteousness?”  Paul used this metaphor of a breastplate to exhort…