The Armor of God

We can’t fight evil on our own. Today prayer is needed.

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

 

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12 Responses to The Armor of God

  1. Had this overwhelming feeling to go over to the Treehouse 1st thing this morning. Just spent over an hour reading over there (saw yours as above – very good idea to add the visual to the prayers. Men especially are visual).

    Got down on my knees and prayed.

    Some of his distress: I noticed the time of his comments, and no restaurant open so maybe lack of food and sleep could also be factors. Also a factor is seeing and feeling that type of place for the first time it is a shock to the system. A shock of not just an unexpectedly vacant and dark physical place, but evil can be a real palpable thing at times, and the physical darkness adds to that.
    I just prayed that those were the reasons for his distress, and NOT (Please Dear God) a negative reaction to what he is proposing to the people there in DC.

    Having Treepers/Stellars set up IN ADVANCE in each locale just in case food etc is needed, I think is a good idea. When I was going to drive to Dallas from NH, I notified relatives, and had stops along the way at varied relatives houses, just in case.

    I have to run, but will post pics here later today.

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  2. mugzey302 says:

    Believers, join in prayer at 3pm EST, daily for America and for Sundance and the patriots. 🎶God Bless America 🎶

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  3. hocuspocus13 says:

    ❣…a Child of God
    ❣…a Woman of Faith
    ❣…a Soldier of Christ

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  4. Lucille says:

    These verses are such a great “visual”…visualize putting on each piece of a warrior’s armor. Those of us who haven’t been in battle or even in the military may not be as familiar with a piece of equipment’s specific purpose. Look at the uniform of a modern warrior…

    However, God is telling us that spiritual warfare is every bit as real as physical warfare; and we need to know why to put on each piece of spiritual armor.

    A great warrior in battle relies on many things…his equipment, his training and practice, his muscle memory, his sight and the faith he places in his abilities in order to stay alive. Over-all battle plans may fail spectacularly but an individual does not have to fail along with them. I think often of David Bellavia and the incredible feats of courage and expertise he exhibited in order to defend his men during a specific battle in Iraq. Everything positive kicked in to accomplish his goal. I’m simply in awe of what he did.

    When we see today the utter depravity of those on the streets who are guided by the Evil One, it can be shocking. But it can also be visualized as our call to action against all that the depraved are attempting. They don’t care anything about standing on the Godly principles of love and compassion, of decency and righteousness and certainly not of truth. They use their swords for terror, for destruction, for creating desolation.

    Most of us can’t become physically involved, but we certainly can pray. We can have the passion of a warrior in asking God’s protection, His mercy, His kindness, and for His truth to become a part of our daily thinking…much like that muscle memory which warriors and athletes rely upon.

    Our cry may be, “I don’t know how to pray effectively!” God the Father has provided for that, too. Look at these verses in the Book of Romans, chapter 8…https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8%3A26-27&version=TPT — In essence, if we don’t know what to ask, well, simply say that. Then the Holy Spirit interprets our desires and prays in our stead. How totally awesome is that!

    So the battle has come to us. May God have mercy and give us the victory!

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    • Menagerie says:

      I once confided to my priest that I was having great trouble in prayer, especially to the Father. He impressed me so much with his instant reply, no hesitation or doubt. He told me to offer my prayers to the Holy Spirit who would perfect and present them with great love to God the Father.

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      • Lucille says:

        Remember “Paraclete” which means our Advocate with the Father. The Holy Spirit is also called the “Comforter.” He speaks on our behalf plus comforts and encourages us with words of love and consolation.

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      • Yup – just as Lucille said.

        I am known by my close friends as a big “fan” of the Holy Spirit. Others have a favorite saint, I love the Holy Spirit.

        I was going to say I “believe”, but that’s not right, I KNOW the Holy Spirit is REAL, and can have a great impact in a person’s life.

        There are novenas to the Holy Ghost/Spirit on EWTN’s website. I’ll have to look for a little booklet I had that I read when I was seriously ill and waiting for surgery. I hope I can find it to tell you about it.

        In the meantime this short prayer is one of my favorites:
        Come Holy Ghost :
        Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
        V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created;
        R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
        Let Us Pray
        O God, Who has instructed the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Ghost, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (From the Roman Missal)

        also:
        Veni Creator Spiritus
        “Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blessed, and in our souls take up Thy rest.” Once the most famous of all chant hymns, it became the very sound of Pentecost until it fell into disuse in parish life in the 1970s and following It is still sung for the election of popes, the consecration of bishops, the dedication of churches, the ordination of priests, and during other devotions.

        and:
        Prayer for the Afflicted:
        O HOLY SPIRIT, Who art God together with the Father and the Son, deliver us this day from sadness and discouragement; preserve all Christians from despair and its fatal results. To all, even to those who destroy their own lives, or who may be overtaken by a sudden or violent death, mercifully grant both time and grace to make an act of perfect contrition. Amen.

        To Obtain the Grace of the Holy Spirit:
        O GOD, before Whom every heart lies open, to Whom every will speaks, and from Whom no secret is hidden, purify, we beseech Thee, our hearts by the inpouring of the Holy Spirit, that we may come to love Thee perfectly and praise Thee worthily. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

        O Holy Spirit:
        O HOLY SPIRIT, sweet Guest of my soul, abide in me, and grant that I may ever abide in Thee. Amen.

        Finally another favorite:
        Veni, Sancte Spiritus
        Come Holy Spirit:

        Holy Spirit, Lord of light,
        From Thy clear celestial height
        Thy pure beaming radiance give.

        Come, Thou Father of the poor,
        Come with treasures which endure,
        Come, Thou Light of all that live.

        Thou, of all consolers best,
        Thou, the soul’s delightfull Guest,
        Do refreshing peace bestow.

        Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
        Pleasant coolness in the heat,
        Solace in the midst of woe.

        Light immortal, Light divine,
        Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,
        And our inmost being fill.
        If Thou take Thy grace away,
        Nothing pure in man will stay;
        All his good is turned to ill.

        Heal our wounds; our strength renew;
        On our dryness pour Thy dew;
        Wash the stains of guilt away.
        Bend the stubborn heart and will;
        Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
        Guide the steps that go astray.

        Thou, on those who evermore
        Thee confess and Thee adore,
        In Thy sevenfold gifts descend:

        Give them comfort when they die,
        Give them life with Thee on high;
        Give them joys that never end.
        Amen

        Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on the Holy Spirit, 9 May 1897 Section 11:
        We ought to pray to and invoke the Holy Spirit, for each one of us greatly needs His protection and His help.
        The more a man is deficient in wisdom, weak in strength, BORNE DOWN WITH TROUBLE, prone to sin, so ought he the more to fly to Him who is the NEVER-CEASING FOUNT OF LIGHT, STRENGTH, CONSOLATION, AND HOLINESS.
        And chiefly that first requisite of man, the forgiveness of sins, must be sought for from Him: “It is the special character of the Holy Ghost that He is the Gift of the Father and the Son. Now the remission of all sins is given by the Holy Ghost as by the Gift of God.” Concerning this Spirit the words of the Liturgy are very explicit: “For He is the remission of all sins.”
        Nor can it be in any way doubted that He will listen to such prayer, since we read the words written by His own inspiration: “The Spirit Himself asks for us with unspeakable groanings” (Rom. viii., 26).
        Lastly, we ought confidently and continually to beg of Him to illuminate us daily more and more with His light and inflame us with His charity: for, thus inspired with faith and love, we may press onward earnestly towards our eternal reward, since He “is the pledge of our inheritance” (Eph. i. 14).

        Sorry, went a bit overboard, sigh, can’t help it! 🙂

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        • Menagerie says:

          Thank you, some of these I’ve used and some are new to me. I appreciate you sharing them, I am copying and saving.

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