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From A Mothers Heart for week of July 19, 2012

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By Bea Wallen

From A Mothers Heart
Bea Wallen

We Are To Put On The Full Armor Of God

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his might power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s scheme. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil n the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:10-12). NIV
Soldiers are trained to keep their equipment in battle ready condition. Weapons are cleaned and oiled, communication equipment is checked and double-checked, and helmets are kept in place in case of sudden attack. If we prepare so diligently to face a human enemy, Paul says, how much more aught we to prepare for battle against our spiritual enemy? Satan will attack, and only the believer who is grounded in truth will recognize his lies. Only a personally acceptance by faith of God’s love can protect our hearts from Satan’s fiery temptations. Only a sure knowledge of salvation protects our minds from doubt. And only the Word of God and the power of Jesus Christ can cause Satan to flee in terror.
When you read Ephesians 6:10-18, you begin to realize that these verses prepare us for warfare. We are to fight against the powers of darkness that keep us from having strong, marriages and families.
The last half of chapter five discuses husband-wife relationships within marriage. The first half of chapter six teaches children to obey their parents, and then discusses the responsibilities of the father. Then verse 10 says, “ Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” These instructions help us clearly see that there is a way to keep marriages and families strong.
We are living in a time when the divorce rate has skyrocketed, but marriages can be strong in the Lord when both husband and wife keep these commandments. Even now when family life is rapidly deteriorating, families can be strong.
We must use the Word of God as our basis for starting out right from wrong, the basis for making decision or resolving conflicts.
“Love for one another is the fulfillment of the law. Love does no wrong to anyone.” (Romans 13:10).
Love restrains us from abusing a loved one physically, emotionally, or verbally. Love is not a roller coaster love based on feelings or a stir of the moment event. Love is a rock-solid commitment to protect and nurture regardless of the way you feel at a particular moment. Violent outrage behavior or abuse against a loved one is a warning signal that our love for that person is in question.
How important it is to make sure our love for others is strong enough to include the truth and how necessary it is to temper out truth telling with love! Too many times people use honesty as an excuse for expressing bitterness or criticism, saying, “I was just telling the truth.”
Ephesians 6 encourages us to know that we can withstand by taking the whole armor of God as our defense – the armor made up of truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. A lasting marriage is of great value, but you have to be prepared for warfare to preserve it. The same is true with the family. It will be necessary to stand against the schemes of the devil to keep a family strong.
The Word of God is used as the armor to withstand every trial. Marriage and family are institutions founded by God. They are worth defending in battle.
From my heart.