Devotions for July 8, 2014

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Ephesians 6:10-20

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. 20 I am in chains now, still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Do you ever feel like life is so hard, suffering is so painful, agony is always near, and God seems far away? Do you realize that those feelings are exactly how Satan wants you to feel, or that by believing those thoughts that Satan is winning in your life?

Q: Are you surprised that trouble comes into your life as a Christian? Do you know that the Devil prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour? How do you think he is going to fight against you? Do you think that he is going to fight fair? How are you preparing yourself to fight against him?

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