The Armour!

 

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Today we come to the last in our series on Ephesians. It has of necessity
been a quick run through the letter rather than a deep dig into the riches
of Paul’s vision for church. Consequently we have missed a lot of great
material. I hope you have been reading along with me and filled in the gaps.

Many of the letter’s themes are drawn together in today’s reading in the
wonderful image of the armour of God. Paul calls us to be “strong in the
Lord and in his mighty power” and to “put on the full armour of God” so we
can “take our stand against the devil’s schemes”.

Being a Christian in today’s world is very difficult. (I dare say it was not
much different to the time Paul wrote this letter). In fact Paul speaks of
how being a Christian is a battle because of the conflict we will face from
non believers around us; hence the armour of God image. Paul speaks about
the forces of evil that seek to draw us away or distract us from a living a
“life worthy of the calling we have received”. This struggle is a continuous
one and we need to be ever alert to how we can be drawn away from this new
life.

God does not leave us defenceless. He has given us the belt of truth,
breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel, shield of faith, helmet
of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. With these, we believers are able
withstand the assaults of the evil forces and remain true to our calling.
The devil has many schemes to draw us away from Christ and we need to be
armed for the fight to keep us in Christ.

It is not easy keeping the faith and standing firm. Yet we can do this as we
trust in God, remain united in Christ through faith and continually praying
in the Spirit. In short, stay connected to Christ.

Tony Wicking

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