Daily email Number 414 – from the Vicar

Our passage today is Ephesians Chapter 6 verses 10 to 18.
The apostle Paul reaches the end of his letter, and encourages his readers to be strong in the Lord…, and to put on the full armour of God in this fairly well-known section loved by those doing visual talks to children or young people, and probably based on the armour of a Roman soldier familiar to the people of the time.
In general terms such an illustration reminds us that as a Christian we are in a battle, but note the struggle is not a physical one (‘against flesh and blood’) like a typical soldier, but a spiritual one against ‘the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and the against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’.  Now what Paul had in mind with these different categories we can’t be sure, or perhaps he was just doing some sort of repetition and overlap to give a clear picture that there are unseen forces in an unseen world masterminded by the devil himself and his schemes.
And Paul’s desire is that the individual Christian “soldier” would not so much go launching themselves into an aggressive attack on the enemy, but rather to stand their ground, that after the attack has finished, they are still standing firm as a Christian, a person of faith.  Note the repeated use of the word “stand” by Paul in these verses.’… take your STAND against the devil’s schemes (v.11).’… you may be able to STAND your ground, and after you have done everything, to STAND.  STAND firm then… (vs13-14).   
It is often said that the individual pieces of armour are much more defensive (or protective) rather than for using in attack, and we will think about these more tomorrow.
I wonder what spiritual attacks you and I might face today?  Let us face them with God’s help, cling to Him, so by the end of the day we are still standing, still trusting in His love, goodness and salvation.

In our cycle of prayer from our church address list, let us remember today,- Kim Bon and Sin Wei- Charlene and family

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