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Monday MOTIVATION! (The Whole Armor of God)

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For plenty, it’s the worst and most tiring day of the week but the way I see it, it’s a way to start afresh with your goals. Think about the things that you want to achieve, conquer, or put to rest this week; if it be sin, better budgeting with your money, taking the next step to doing a very important project in your life etc. Be motivated to be a victor!

I like to mix my motivations with devotions because I believe the word is the foundation we should stand on. My devotion will come from Ephesians 6:10-20. This is my personal motivation for today. Putting on the whole armor of God and consistently acknowledging it throughout the week and even the rest of the month so it becomes a lifestyle of mine.

This is a very practical message and is one of the most famous and richly rewarding scriptures in the new testament. Paul had plenty of time to observe and examine the parts of the roman soldier’s armor. After all, he was constantly guarded in his house arrest in Rome.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 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, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

 

Vs10: Be strong
This could be translated as “Be made strong” passively meaning we cannot do it on our own.

Vs11: The whole armor of God
This is the believer’s protection against evil and the Evil One. Paul presented the extended metaphor of the battle dress roughly according to the order in which the pieces were put on.

Wiles of the Devil: are Satan’s subtle tricks to defeat Christians in spiritual warfare.

Vs12: Our real battle is not with human cultist, fetish priest (JuJu), atheist, or agnostic, but the demonic beings working through them, of which even flesh and blood opponents are sometimes unaware.

Vs13: The Evil day
is taken by some to refer to the end times when the evil one will launch a furious campaign against Christ and his army.

Vs14-17
Paul presents the 6 pieces of spiritual armor. Four are mentioned specifically and the belt and shoes are implied. Soldiers girded themselves with a belt from which hung strips of leather to protect the lower body. Truth is considered crucial by Paul because a dishonest Christian cannot hope to withstand the father of all lies. The truth referred to here is integrity, a life of practical truthfulness and honesty.

The Breastplate: of roman times went completely around the whole body, so that the back of the warrior is protected. It was made of leather or metal.

The Righteousness: That the breastplate represents is not the righteousness of Christ which all believers possess, but practical righteous character of one who is already saved.

Vs15: A roman soldier’s feet were shod with hard studded shoes. Paul used this image to represent the preparation of the gospel of peace. Personally, I see two things that came from this, one could mean that the gospel is the firm foundation we stand on or that the Christian soldier must be ready to go out and defend the gospel.

Vs16: The shield is said to possibly mean, it is to be used against everything or to cover the whole armor. The shield protects the Christian against any fiery darts of the wicked one.

Flaming arrows cannot penetrate the fireproof shields of the ancient roman soldier nor can the assault of Satan penetrate to the believer who places their faith in Christ. (Oh yea!!)

Vs17: The Helmet of Salvation: This intricately designed helmet protected the soldiers head and also made him look taller and more impressive.
Sword of the Spirit: is the only offensive weapon in the believer’s armor. This is not necessarily the bible as a whole, but the specific word that needs to be spoken in a specific situation. To have a precise word ready, a person must know the bible intimately.

The Apostle Paul was not afraid to ask the believers to pray for him that he might have courage to preach the gospel. Even as a prisoner, Paul still wanted to be a faithful witness for the Lord.

As the week starts afresh, Be motivated Like Paul!

Galatians Made Easy Series (1:1-5)

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Blog series

While reading through the book of Galatians, I realized how interesting the letter Paul wrote to them was. It was very insightful, inspiring, and edifying. I wanted other people to feel how I felt, and find a way to make the word of God of interest to them. So I decided to simply make a blog series called “Galatians Made Easy”. This will be a quick studies on chapters throughout the book, and I will highlight key things that stood out to me as I indulged in studies throughout Apostle Paul’s letter. THIS IS NOT to replace your own personal bible readings or studies but just to encourage you to search deeper in the word and actually learn to love it; we are all on this journey together!

Introduction to the book & Paul’s Greeting. (1:1-5)

When we search through the scriptures, we see no more passionate, comprehensive, yet mind boggling truths of the gospel than in the book of Galatians. Paul profoundly speaks about salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Solus Christus) (Gal 2:16; 3:11,12). Salvation is not earned by what you do or what you think you can do, many of us fall into the trap of trying to receive salvation by the deeds we do. Paul’s concise refusal to agree with the Judaizers in this letter changed and transform so many lives from, my heroes Martin Luther (The revolutionary reformer and father of Protestantism) to John Wesley (Father of the Methodist & Holiness Movement). People want to generally work their way to heaven by their good deeds and that is easily seen. I believe that is why there are so many religions that say “do good and go to heaven”. But in this book Paul reveals the arrogance of such thinking. It ends up coming to a false view of the gospel and turns people away from the Lord (Gal 1:6). We are able to stand justified before God, but only through Jesus Christ, because nothing else CAN and will save.

Vs 1 Paul an apostle.
We see that the first thing Paul gives is a salutation of who he is which is an apostle. He had the right to carry that title 1) He was called and given that authority by Christ when he met him on the road to Damascus 2) to assert his divinely given authority to speak to the problem confronting the Galatian churches.

Vs 2 To the churches of Galatia
He states “Churches” which means this letter was actually a circular to several assemblies within Galatia.

Vs 3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ
Paul uses Grace which was a standard greeting in his time and Peace which is the Greek translation of traditional Hebrew greeting. I personally believe he combines these two ideas of grace and peace to introduce the message that he is trying to give. (Check out 1 Cor 1:3, 2 Cor 1:2). The true message of salvation is based solely on God’s grace (1:6, 2:21) received by faith (eph 2:8) and it provides peace with God (rom 5:1)

Vs 4 who gave Himself for our sins
This is just a foreshadow of Paul’s later discussion on redemption and quickly summarizes the good news that Christ died for you. (1 Cor 15:3)

that He might deliver us from this present evil age
When Paul mentions this, it is quite similar to Colossians 1:13 which states that Christ has delivered us from the power of darkness into his kingdom. Both scriptures develop this truth based on the redemptive work of Christ.

 

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