You are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone. In him all the parts of the building fit together and grow into a holy temple in the Lord.
Look at our shield, O God. Look with favor on the face of your anointed one.
Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty strength.
Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies.
This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world.
For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground.
So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God’s approval as your breastplate.
Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace.
In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies.
Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God’s people.
Also pray that God will give me the right words to say. Then I will speak boldly when I reveal the mystery of the Good News.
There is so much wrong with this world that it can be a little overwhelming trying to get your bearings.
What are we supposed to do?
How do we effect change?
It’s actually surprisingly simple.
We just need to be a consistent witness.
That’s our responsibility.
Too often we try to take responsibility for problems and situations that are way beyond our scope or ability to manage.
The best managers in the world rely on God’s guidance.
It’s impossible to take every variable into account.
The only way to live victoriously and abundantly is by totally surrendering to God’s will.
And that’s okay.
God loves you.
He has a plan, a purpose and a promise for you.
You can trust God.
People on the other hand, well, you better keep your wits about you.
Think about the apostles and prophets.
What did they do?
They consistently said and did what God wanted them to.
Jesus Christ is the perfect witness of God’s love.
Lay it all down for others who don’t deserve God’s grace, and God will bless you more than anyone else.
What does the word consistent mean?
It means not self-contradictory.
If you’re a consistent follower of Christ, you’re not going to be a hypocrite.
You will conform to the teachings of Christ.
What’s a witness?
Someone who gives testimony.
Your life is a testimony.
Our faith is a shield.
The devil would accuse you of not measuring up.
However, the blood of Jesus covers all of our sins.
The matter has already been decided.
God covered the bill that we could not pay.
It’s been said and it’s been done and it is written.
We are covered in Christ.
We are hidden in Christ.
We are now Christ’s ambassadors.
Our job is to not waver in the face of adversity, trial or persecution.
We are saved by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
What this world needs is our consistent witness.
Whatever you do, do it unto God.
Anything not done in faith is sin.
“You are light for the world. A city cannot be hidden when it is located on a hill. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lamp stand. Then its light shines on everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven.”