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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What We've Learned So Far

   10 Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.  
13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. 1
Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, 
by putting on the breastplate of righteousness,  
15 by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace,  
16 and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 
  17 And take the helmet of salvation 
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 1
With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit

Today I'd like to summarize what we've talked about over the last several days. So that as we begin discussing each piece of the armor we can have these truths fresh on our mind.  If you click on the title of each summery it will take you to the whole teaching

  • First we need to understand there is a very real war going on around us.
  • No matter what we do we can't avoid this war
  • We are in this war because Satan hates God and we've been made in God's image
  • God gave us the armor so that we could stand and hold our ground

    Preparing For Battle
  • If we're not prepared for the battle then we won't last
  • Satan is looking for whom he may devour
  • When we are wearing the armor we look like God
  • When we are wearing the armor effectively then we are completely hidden from Satan
  • To be prepared for battle we have to understand what each piece of armor is
  • We also must know how to use each piece of the armor correctly
  • The battle is not with people
  • The battle is with Satan
  • God has defeated Satan
  • Because the battle is already won we can live in victory

   Hide It Away
  • Each piece of armor holds a godly truth
  • Each of these truths have to be hidden in our hearts
  • In order for each truth to be hidden in our hearts we have to meditate on each truth
  • If God's truth are hidden in our heart then we can succeed no matter the circumstances
  • Meditating is thinking about something and talking about something so much that it flows out of you
  • Winning each battle begins before the battle has begun with meditation

Each of these truths are crucial to winning each battle that comes our way. The great thing is that we can live life in total complete victory.  

Be Blessed 
Steph