"10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For 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 in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. "
Satan could care less about those Christians who are not living for Christ...it is those who are a threat to him that he worries about. This brings some comfort to me that we are about the Lord's work and we are threatening Satan. He hates what we are doing. I know there is a spiritual battle taking place all around me each day...Satan's demons and God's angels are locked in combat. I'm glad to know that God has already won the ultimate victory and he is our commander and king. Right now I am more keenly aware of that spiritual battle that rages around me. Satan is attacking our team and the spiritual warfare is evident to us all. He would like nothing better than to rip us apart, defeat us, and send us home with our tails between our legs. But we are not about to let that happen. This morning we spent a great deal of time in prayer and in the scriptures together. I am encouraged. Please join with me in prayer for this battle we are in. Pray that God would sustain us, unite us, and not allow us to become discouraged or defeated. I desperately seek your support in this way right now and appreciate your prayers. Let us not forget our place as soldiers in this world....we are fighting the good fight on the front lines with Christ as our commander and chief.
I know these pictures don't really go with my thoughts, but I wanted to share them with you. They are from our delightful stay in Corpus Christi, TX last week (We are in Houston now). Praise God for churches on the beach. That's all I have to say!