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Protected - Battle Armour

‘…I have given you authority … over all the power of the enemy’ Luke 10:19 ESV

Spiritual warfare. There’s a spiritual dynamic to life - and some of it isn’t healthy. But God is definitely the boss; satan only has authority in your life when you give it to him; he has no power over you when your life is ‘hidden in Christ’ (Colossians 3:3). If you’ve compromised your cover in some way, by walking away from the God who is protecting you, there is still room for repentance. Essentially, this means changing your attitudes (which in turn, changes your actions). Repentance is the key to freedom from all oppression of the enemy. When we choose to get on board with what God wants, we gain access to Christ’s authority; ‘I have given you authority…to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you’ (Luke 10:19 NIV).

In Ephesians 6:10-17, Paul compares the kind of protection we get from God to a suit of armour. They’re well worth checking out, but for now we’ll stick to just one: the ‘Sword of the Spirit’. Which Paul writes is ‘the word of God’  (Ephesians 6:17). That’s the one offensive weapon we’ve got- and it’s all that we need. See, satan can only trick us if we don’t know the scriptures; it’s on God’s word that we will get a peaceful, solid knowledge of our love for Him. Not only is scripture *full* of that kind of chat, (Not sure where to start? Head to ucb.co.uk/goingdeeper) but it’s paralysing to the forces of evil..

What Now?

Write what each bit of the Ephesians 6:10-17 armour represents. How much are each of those represented in your life?

 1 Chron 23:21 - 26:19, Luke 18:31-43, Ps 119:169-176, Pr 19: 9-10

 

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Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

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