The book of Ephesians also tells us that we are not only supposed to live according to the Truth, we are also to speak it to those around us. Honesty really is the best policy after all. In your friendships and with your family members, tell the truth. It might sometimes feel difficult to do, but when you do it, you will find that ultimately it keeps your relationships healthy and in tact. He gestured with his robed arm.
We believe that if we can get away with it, everything will work out fine. But the enemy uses our lies against us. When we speak falsely, we are aligning ourselves with his intentions to deceive and cheat. Also, the fact is that our words have power and are more impactful than we realize. We must be careful what we say. Like the maribunta, our words can come back to haunt us later. When Mr. It is the Bible. Have you ever felt like your pastor was preaching to just you even though there were other people in the room?
Or have you read a verse and it applied specifically to you even though you knew that many other people had read it before too? Read Luke — This is how God speaks to us. It is Him handing you a sword that He knows you can use to hit the enemy right where it hurts. Even when you mess up, you can be forgiven. When Levi misplaces his boots, he thinks that they are lost forever. You just lost sight of them. Even when you mishandle it or neglect it, God Himself sustains it. This depends on whether or not you are handling it responsibly. He touched each one of his fingertips. But there remained a small, metal knob on the tip of one finger, where the butterfly had bit him.
When God forgives us, He does so completely. And yet, He will often allow a scar to remain, as a testimony of His work in our lives. Paul, the same guy who wrote about the armor of God in Ephesians 6, also talked about this in 2 Corinthians, chapter He has taken many prisoners, ruined many lives.
The devil is not an eternal being. Only the one true God is eternal. Satan is a created being who is running out of time. In fact, the closer we get to the end of time, the more intent he is on destroying lives and even entire nations. He wants to keep people from knowing the liberating power of Jesus so that they can continue to be enslaved to his lies and deceptions. Sometimes, that means that if we follow our own heart, we are led down a path that ends in despair and greater pain.
The truth is that our desires, rationale, and tendencies can lead us astray. He hopes that we will trust ourselves.
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MEANING: When we wear our spiritual armor and secure a victory against the unseen enemy, that victory translates to our experiences in everyday life. We will start to see proof of this in our relationships, our homes, our minds, and in every aspect of our lives that are important to us. So never think that waging this unseen battle is a waste of time. When you win a victory there , you will feel the victory here.
This is the same thing that we need to be reminded of as well. He wants you constantly looking for something more or wishing you had something else—or that you were somebody else. But Ephesians says that you have been given all spiritual blessings.
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You hear that? Everything you need, you already have! Many people choose the wrong path. That is why the path is wide. There is room for a lot of people on it. Levi made the right choice. Will you? When Levi stepped forward to stand up against Landon, one by one, more kids joined him, forming a circle of protection around Manuel.
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When they see an example of strength and courage, it becomes contagious and encourages them to do the same thing. When you choose to do the right thing, others will join you! God has chosen you, warrior, to be the first one—the leader! Xavier began to understand that just like the belt holds everything together in Ahoratos, truth would hold everything together in his relationship with his brother.
By speaking honestly, his relationship with his brother was mended. To put on your belt, you must choose to walk in truth. Ask the adult in your life if you can download this app. It will provide you with days worth of devotions—one for each day of the year to keep you plugged in and powered up so that you can live in victory. I think it means she made it to The Cave. This is symbolic of the blood of Jesus Christ—which washes and cleanses anyone who chooses to receive it. It was the stabilizing factor for every other piece of armor.
The belt—which represents truth—is always the first line of defense for every warrior who has any hope of standing firm against his or her enemy. He realized the mistake he has made and now begs for his release. Instead, Rook found himself enslaved and without hope. The devil operates the same way in our lives. He wants to deceive us into thinking that his way will be better in the long run, but it never is.
It never does. To bring the good news to the prisoners who need to be set free. And, every prisoner should have the chance to experience freedom. The image that the prophet Isaiah paints is not the image of someone standing still, passing the time, waiting for the right opportunity to get up and go. No, he is running toward Jerusalem, eager to share the good news message. His feet are described as beautiful and lovely.
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These feet carry a message of salvation and hope to all people. The messenger is alert and ready, prepared to go declare peace to everyone he can. You, warrior, are a messenger of the good news to your friends and other people whom the Lord brings into your life. Read Ephesians The message that the Prince Warriors needed to remember in order to victoriously cross the bridge and keep from falling into the chasm was: Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
When they faced the big chasm and were not sure how to cross it, the words beamed out and floated in the air before them: Look straight ahead. Fix your eyes on what is before you. Brianna began to lose her footing when she was distracted by the Ents—which was the exact intention of her enemy.
The enemy wants to distract you so that you will lose focus on Jesus. In Matthew 14, a disciple named Peter was walking on water—which is already an impossible task—but he was still able to accomplish it as long as he focused on Jesus. When the winds and the waves diverted his attention away from Jesus, he started to sink. This often happens to us. Guard them, for they are the key to life. But you have to do the walking. Can his faith save him? Having it is not enough; You must put it on and engage it in order to see its effectiveness in your life. Manuel had boots; however, if he was not willing to put them in motion, he would not receive the benefits of them.
When you see chaos or jealously, envy, pride, anger, division, and deception swirling around in your relationships or environments, know that he is at work. It is time to put your armor on and stand firm! His choices landed him in a precarious place for a time, but his position as a Prince Warrior could never be revoked. The same is true for you and me.
He knew what it was like to feel condemned. He never wanted anyone to feel that way again. He knelt down and pulled off his boots. He took his inheritance and squandered it. Like Rook, he made bad choices that put him in a bad position. He expected him to be angry. Instead, this kind father opened his arms, welcomed him, and even threw a party to celebrate. Turn with me to Luke chapter 7. Jesus enters into town and upon entering; a centurion whose servant was sick sought healing from Jesus.
Now this was no ordinary soldier or warrior, he was the leader of a legion. We can infer he had obviously fought battles, led fearlessly, and rose through the ranks of the legion to his current leadership role. He would have been feared in most towns, but we can tell he was well thought of in the Jewish town. What I want to take some time to highlight is this great warrior, battle ready leader had this to say about our Most High General:. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to him, Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof.
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But say the word, and let my servant be healed. This centurion, a man of great warrior prestige, recognized the authority of Christ. Would you say you do? He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John In this verse, Jesus tells us of our enemy. If you are a believer and follower of Christ, Peter tells us not to be surprised when trials and tribulations come our way. Now in order to be victorious in any battle, you must know your enemy and their weapon of choice.
Lucifer is the father of lies and there are three lies I want to specifically address. Well meaning Christians may tell you Satan has become more craft with his approach, but that itself is a lie we have been made to believe. True, he may have more human mediums or vehicles to use than before, but the strategy has not changed. He said to the woman, Did God actually say, You shall not eat of any tree in the garden? Genesis 3. That, church, is the Lie, that is the weapon Satan wields against us day in and day out. He convinces us we can build our own kingdom, answer to our own selfish desires, and even go so far as to create the attributes of our creator.
Believing this lie could be fatal. The worst enemy sieges came as a result of the people not recognizing there was an enemy in their midst, at their walls, or scheming to take them. The Spartan armies trained continuously, daily in fact. By doing this, they trained their body to fully integrate the training as an extension of their very being. Verse 18 tells us to pray in the spirit on every occasion and to stay alert. As a warrior for Christ, if you train daily under the direction of your Holy Commander, you begin to immolate what He sees the warrior in his army should look like.
Another notable strategy used by the Spartan army was their strategy to fight shoulder to shoulder or back to back. If you have seen the movie, you will remember there is a scene where one of the soldiers breaks rank and leaves his partner, only to be decapitated by the enemy. Church, this same thing happens to us when we do not walk alongside and fight alongside our Christian brothers and sisters. If you are not currently in a small group or an accountability group, we open ourselves up to be taken down by the Enemy.
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Pray with your group and lean on them to lift you up in prayer. Live life on life with them to help them in their battles and allow them to help and pray you through your battles.
This is Scriptural and necessary. The battlefield of faith can be a lonely place, find an accountability partner, a partner in faith and press on. One of the other notable attributes of the Spartan army was their phalanx formation. In this formation, the enemy could launch an attack and the first three rows would block them with their shields and brace the push forward. After a couple of seconds, there would be a wave from the back of phalanx pushing through to the front line essentially throwing back the push.
The same effect happens when we allow others to pray for us. Then enemy comes at us with his best, but through prayer, we are able to throw the advance back and press forward. Trent Co tton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business.
With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant. As a husband and father of three, Trent Cotton has a passion surrounding the role Christian Men are to play in their families, communities, churches and businesses.
This particular blog is dedicated to helping men take back the role that we have lost in society.