I’m in the middle of another story. This one is so bizarre that I’ll need to eventually write it as fiction. For now, just accept my always-interesting life as the reason that you haven’t heard from me in so long.
While the ending is not yet clear, I know I’m in good hands. And now I know why Ephesians 6:10-18 has been popping up all over the place for the past month. God knew I’d need to remember exactly how to put on His armor and stand firm.
Ephesians 6:10-18: “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
Just in case I might have missed God’s Word that has been coming at me so consistently since the end of September, I’ll be darned if Ephesians 6:10-18 wasn’t the focus of last weekend’s message at church as well.
Pastor John Alexander closed out the service with a reminder that prayer is our most powerful weapon in this intense spiritual battle we are in, whether we acknowledge the fight or not. And he wrapped up with this:
And pray in Jesus’ name.
When we do, Satan doesn’t stand a chance.
Today it’s just between me and God.
But I ask for your prayers, my friends–that I will remain strong in His power, knowing that He’s already on the other side of every battle we face.
And God wins, every time.