039 The Whole Armor of God – Ephesians 6:10-12
Paul Draws Attention to the Unseen World When Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians he covered a lot of ground. He explains God’s Eternal Plan at work in the world and the mystery of God’s extension of the Gospel to the non-Jew. He talks about Unity in Christ He challenges us to be Spirit-Led and Children of Light He even talks about our relationships under God as Husbands and Wives, Children and Parents and how to be an authority as well as live under authority (Master and Servant) But how does he end his letter? As Paul is wrapping up his letter in Ephesians chapter 6, his final thoughts may surprise you: Don’t try to accomplish any of what you just read through your own efforts. You need God’s Strength. Why? Because our struggle is not against flesh and blood. The Whole Armor of God 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. – Ephesians 6:10-12 If it bleeds, it is not our enemy! There is so much to learn from this verse and I’ll let you mull over it’s meaning as you spend time memorizing it. When I read the phrase “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood…” (vs. 12a) I instantly thought about one of the pastor’s at the church I attend, Phillip Kelley, who often says: “If it bleeds, it’s not your enemy!” Paul challenges all of us to open our eyes and realize that we do not struggle against those around us. Instead we are in a spiritual struggle. So take aim at the unseen through God’s power and then, regarding the people that surround us: tell them about the good news of Jesus. What a clear reminder of who we struggle against – and it’s not our neighbor. Question: How does understanding “… our struggle is not against flesh and blood…” change the way you view and interact with the people surrounding you each day?” Just click the Comment link below and let us know. Also, if you have a suggestion for a memory verse to use in the future, feel free to leave your idea as a comment at the bottom of this post or drop me an email at Dan@MemorizeTheBibleWithMe.com Thanks and have a great week! Dan Subscription Links If you have enjoyed this Podcast, please subscribe using these links: Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (R). Copyright (C) 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.