Monday, October 31, 2016

Dressed for Battle

“Armor of God” 

A battle is raging – a battle we can’t see. The battles we wage in our lives are part of a huge cosmic battle that has been going on since Satan’s fall. This battle will not end until he is destroyed.

In the meantime, God promises that if we wear His armor, we can stand firm. As we pray God’s promises for our family, and especially our children, we need to pray for their strength in the unseen spiritual battles.

In prayer, put on the belt of truth, praying that they will believe the truth but live it as well. Then prayerfully add the body armor of God’s righteousness protecting their heart and giving them the ability to stand up Satan’s attacks because the righteousness is not their own, but God’s. Next, “for shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News” (Ephesians 6:15). When you put on these shoes, you are ready for any battle because…you’re already on the winning side.

Give them the shield of faith, Satan will shoot his fiery arrows of temptation, doubt, fear, despair, accusation, or problems, and only strong faith can deflect these arrows. Help them put on the helmet of salvation, protecting their minds from the doubts that can so easily creep in and undermine their faith. Doubt can deal death blows to those not protected by the assurance of salvation, so this helmet will protect them.

Finally, pray that they will have the sword of the Spirit – the Word of God. This is their only offensive weapon. When they know God’s Word, they are prepared to answer Satan’s attacks as well as other people’s doubts and questions. Pray that they will learn God’s Word and apply it correctly in their lives.

God knew about the fights we would face in life. Jesus himself had to go through them. For this reason, God gave us his armor.

Dress your family in God’s armor by prayer today, protecting their mind, heart, soul, and spirit.

Be blessed and be a blessing!

Excerpts from Praying God’s Promises – Linda K. Taylor

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