Summer Sunday Express, August 2018 – during which eleven FPC elementary grade children enjoyed wearing and sharing Roman soldier costumes for an hour and their armor consisted of swords, helmets, waist buckles, breastplates, shields, and sandals. Not sure if they got the main idea that Ephesians is the survival manual for Christians or they were wearing the Whole Armor of God to protect them from spiritual warfare! Well, they had a blast and their memories of it will grow with them.
Christian life is a daily battle and we believers exist in a life-and-death struggle. If we are in Christ, spiritual warfare is one thing that defines us. Jesus constantly wrestled with evil and cast out demons. When we wear the whole armor of God, which thoroughly covers us from head-to-toe, we will be completely protected from all evils that come from our inner self – those sneaky, intelligent, and powerful enemies. Paul’s advice to Ephesians was to stand firm and resist the devil’s schemes instead of running after and chasing them! Constant prayers increase our odds of winning this battle.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to use holy thoughts as we pray all kinds of prayers-public, private, secret, social and solitary, solemn and sudden: with all the parts of prayer; confession of sin, petition for mercy, and thanksgiving for favors received. Almighty Redeemer our enemies are mighty and we are without strength, but with your power we may overcome them. Give us the wisdom to stand with the armor and resist all evils and help us to win our daily battles. Be with us Lord especially when we face extremely dark times, reminding us of our salvation which will light the way to lead us home. Amen.