Ephesians 6:10-24

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; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: 22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts. 23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

There is no greater place for good to be accomplished, or for evil to germinate than in our homes. Strong homes make strong assemblies, not strong assemblies make strong homes. The original social structure of humanity has been under attack by the powers of darkness right from the home of Adam and Eve. If love, loyalty, order and fellowship can be stopped in the home sphere – Satan wins. The battle for the faith as it is in Christ Jesus is more often fought at home than any other place. There are evil forces arrayed against God and His people of which we are not even aware. This is where the need for the strength and power of the Lord is most challenged. In the interests of tranquility and faith, this truth is addressed here in Ephesians 6. The “armor of light” we put on to protect ourselves from the darkness of the world. The “armor of righteousness” must be put on to protect us against the deceptive power of the flesh. The “whole armor of God” is needed to protect us from the attacks of the devil on the Christian home. Even with all of the armor in place we need the power of the Spirit of God to stand firm for God in this godless age.

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