Dealing with the Deal (Part 4)

Introduction

This is a continuation of a study I'm doing on "Dealing with the Devil," based on a 30 day scripture plan I found by The Ruffled Mango.[1] In this post, I'm covering days 15 through 18—we're going to look at:
  • 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
  • Ephesians 4:25-27
  • Ephesians 6:10-13
  • Ephesians 6:14-18

2 Corinthians 12:7-10: Strength in Weakness


Ephesians 4:25-27: Falsehood & Anger


Ephesians 6:10-13: Systems of Power


Ephesians 6:14-18: The Armor of God

The Belt of Truth

  • A belt holds the rest of the armor together
  • Modern day, the belt holds up our pants
  • For emergency personnel or combat soldiers, the belt would be the central access point for tools (radio, gun, etc.)
  • Like the belt, truth is our foundation
  • Truth helps us discern things of God from decptions of the devil
  • Applications:
    1. Study the Word
    2. Decorate spaces with scripture
    3. Memorize scripture

The Breastplate of Righteousness

  • The breastplate protects our vital organs (heart, lungs, etc.)
  • Righteousness = acting in accordance to God's moral law[2]
  • God's law actually protects us:
    • Behavior protects and strengths our horizontal relationships
    • Diet protects our health and gives us strength
    • Sabbath protects us mentally and gives us rest
  • Applications:
    1. Obedience
    2. Pray to overcome sin
    3. Accountability Partners

The Gospel of Peace

  • Footwear gives you endurance for the journey
  • Footwear should be specific to the situation
  • Applications:
    1. Security in God
    2. Faith in His abilities
    3. Do not be quarrelsome or work to divide the body

The Shield of Faith

  • Shields protect you from attacks
  • Our faith must be rock solid so that the attack cannot penetrate
  • A shield covers us just like the blood of Christ covers us
  • Applications:
    1. Share your testimony
    2. Listen to others' testimonies
    3. Pray for faith (Mark 9:23-24)

The Helmet of Salvation

  • Helmets protect the head (mind/conciousness)
  • Spiritual battles are often mental
  • Applications:
    1. Control what influences you
    2. Romans 12:2
    3. Philippians 4:8

The Sowrd of the Spirit

  • Sword allows us to attack! (The only piece of the armor that does so)
  • Represents the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12)
  • Applications:
    1. Lean of the Word
    2. Use the Word instead of your own words

References

  1. "June Scripture Writing Plan". The Ruffled Mango; visited October 4, 2020
  2. "Righteousness". Merriam Webster; visited October 31, 2020
  3. "Anger". Merriam Webster; visited October 31, 2020

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