Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/19/11

This week’s scripture is from Ephesians:

Finally, [brethren] be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm …     (Ephesians 6:10-14a)

Be ready. A world of troubles is rising against the people of God, but Jesus Christ our Lord does not leave us unarmed against the enemy of our souls. His blood covers us; his spirit reigns. He bids us to take up arms against the darkness, and to armor ourselves against the powers against us, against the rise of evil, for our strength is not in ourselves but in the Lord, and He commands us to stand in the face of evil and fight with every means He has given us, to stand firm and speak the truth in love to a dying world. Time to armor up and call on the Lord, for the day He spoke of is here. Pray, pray, and continue to pray.

May the spirit of the risen Lord raise you victorious in battle with the enemy.

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