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Week 7 – Thursday
Ephesians 6:16-17 ESV “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
The ultimatum here is powerful! “In ALL circumstances” – our faith in Christ Jesus, our Lord carries us through everything. It is our shield. It is our protection from all the fiery darts of Satan. We don’t have to receive those darts! We have a FAITH that is anchored in the solid Rock. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and our faith in that fact alone is enough to thwart those darts that are constantly headed our way. Our final pieces of armor, the helmet and the Sword, are like the climax of this Scripture. The Salvation, that is ours in Christ, caps off our entire battle regalia. It is the reason we have strength, grace, and power. Jesus’ work on the cross made all of this possible. Finally, the Sword…you can’t fight a battle without a sword. We have the best, sharpest, most potent sword there ever was. In Hebrews 4:12 we are told, “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” How’s your faith today? Remember this is a daily battle, and it’s never weak to need a recharge. Run to Him often, to “adjust your armor!”
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If you would like, you can unpack the verse S.O.A.P style:
S = Scripture; what is it that I’m reflecting upon.
O = Observation; what does this mean to me, what do I notice? What got my attention? Can I rephrase this in my own words?
A = Application; how can I apply this into my life? What action can I take as a result of what I just learned
P = Prayer; based on what I’ve learned and my application/action, pray – talk to God about your insight, ask for help, offer thanksgiving.