DIG for Monday the 2nd of October……our battle is not against flesh and blood…….Ephesians 6 v 12

Paul says that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (2 Corinthians 10 v 4).

We are not in a carnal, natural fight!

In the battle with our enemy we don’t use natural weapons and natural armour.

We don’t use natural wisdom and reasoning.

There is nothing in the natural, physical realm that we can use in our battle with the enemy.

We are in a Spiritual battle and so we need Spiritual weapons and Spiritual armour.

We fight by making the choice to change our thinking from carnal, earthly thinking, to Spiritual, Word, Kingdom thinking.

We fight by resisting the enemy, which means being determined not to think the way he wants us to think, but to submit to God and let His Word fill our minds and determine our actions (James 4 v 7).

In other words the battle is in our mind, it is on our thought life.

If we can control and alter our thought life the fight against the enemy can and will be won.

We fight by taking unto ourselves the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6 v 11).

Speak this out today……”Thank you Lord that as my mind is renewed by Your Word I am empowered to fight in this spiritual battle”.

Ephesians 6 v 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

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DIG for Saturday the 30th of September…..finally has another meaning….. Ephesians 6 v 10 and 11

As I was preparing the message the other day I had another revelation about the word “finally” that we see at the start of this section of Scripture about the armour of God.

The armour is for us to stand and fight against the devil.

I think by using the word “finally” Paul is telling us that the enemy is the last thing we should be thinking about.

Too much credit is given to the enemy and we seem far too concerned about what he is doing.

Our first thoughts should always be about Jesus and His finished work.

We should give pre-eminence to Jesus and what He has done.

Our focus should always be on who we are in Christ and what we have in and through Christ.

The enemy and what he is up to should be the last, or final thing on our minds.

Yes, there are times when we are required to stand and fight him, however not everything is of the devil!

We should be thanking Jesus for His finished work first thing every morning, not focusing on putting on our armour to fight the enemy.

Let’s thank Jesus for healing and wholeness, joy and peace, abundance and prosperity rather than thinking about the enemy.

Jesus should be our first thought, the enemy comes much later, finally in fact!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for all I have in the through Christ”.

Ephesians 6 v 10 and 11…..Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

DIG for Friday the 29th of September…..finally is an important word…..Ephesians 6 v 10 and 11

I’ve been studying the verses associated with the armour of God recently for a series of messages I am delivering at church.

The first thing I noticed in this section of Scripture, and this was mainly due to another teaching I heard recently, was the word “finally”.

When we have a list of suggestions and actions, finally means the last thing to do, doesn’t it?

Yet for many in the church it seems that putting on the armour of God is the be all and end all of things.

Spiritual warfare seems to be of utmost importance to them; event though the phrase ‘spiritual warfare’ is not found in the Word.

I have known some people who ‘pretend’ to put on the armour every morning.

Now that may not be wrong in itself, however it is wrong to make this a doctrine to follow.

Paul wrote Ephesians to initially tell us about grace and the finished work of Jesus and then to show us how we can walk out our Christian life through an understanding of grace.

This I would suggest should be paramount in the life of the believer, not ‘putting on’ the armour of God in front of the mirror every morning.

An understanding of grace and the finished work of Jesus are the essential foundational truths a believer needs to focus on.

‘Spiritual warfare’ and putting on the armour of God is not as important as this.

Finally put on the armour of God is what the Word says; we could therefore say firstly understand the truth about grace and the finished work of Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, and thank you for the truths within that can teach us about grace and about the finished work of Jesus”.

Ephesians 6 v 10 and 11…..Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

DIG for Sunday the 30th of August…..never make it personal…..Ephesians 6 v 12

I’m sure you are like me and have issues and struggles every now and again, suffering persecution and getting grief from people.

At times like this we need to remember this passage of Scripture and not make the issue or problem personal.

Nearly every problem and issue that we wrestle with involved a person or people.

This verse tells us that when we wrestle we do not do so with flesh and blood (or with people) but with other unseen forces.

To wrestle means to fight and struggle, so we are in a battle, but not with the person or people in front of us but with the forces of the enemy.

We are indeed in a spiritual battle, a battle that the devil knows he has lost, but never the less, a battle that he wants to take to us.

He wants to steal, kill and destroy what we already have from the Lord.

We need to fight (or wrestle) him and his dark forces in order to stay standing (see DIG from yesterday).

The main issue I want to highlight here is that we need to remember whom we are fighting.

We are not fighting our neighbour, work colleague, even family and friends; we are fighting the enemy influencing and using the person we can see in front of us.

That is why I say do not make the issue personal; try not to endeavour to “get back” at the person or attempt to revenge.

If you want to have a go at anyone have a go at the enemy; in other words resist him and submit to the Lord, and in that way you will see the devil flee.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we can resist the devil and we can submit to you”.

Ephesians 6 v 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