This week we participated in the celebration of a sacred holiday–Memorial Day. What a wonderful way to honor with remembrance all the brave men and women who lost their lives fighting for our country’s freedom. The ones who fought on the battlefield suited up daily in their protective gear before going out to wage war against the enemy. We will always remember these heroes and honor their sacrifice for our country.
Click to read Galatians 5:16-25
“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16 NKJV).
Did you know there is also a battle going on continually in our spirits? Paul instructs us to feed our spirits so that our flesh with its ungodly desires is defeated. He tics off a long list: “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like;” and concludes that “…those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God” (verses 19-21). How do we fight against such ungodly desires to stop their attacks? We will all be tempted at times, but we must know that God has provided us with spiritual weapons to overcome those temptations. What are our weapons?
Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.Ephesians 6:14-17 NASB
But here’s the good news. After we put on our spiritual armor, we can easily defeat the enemy with his wicked temptations. The flesh with its passions and desires are crucified with Christ. Then we can walk victoriously in God’s power.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.Ephesians 6:13 NASB
Do you remember the hymn called, “Onward Christian Soldiers?” If not, you can listen HERE. I remember singing it as a child in Sunday School and church. God provides us with spiritual armor to put on daily as we go out to fight our enemy, satan, who comes to us in many forms. Ephesians 6:11-12 defines our assignment in this war: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (NKJV).
Like me, you may never have served in the armed forces. However, we all serve in God’s army. Let’s put on our spiritual armor each day and boldly face the enemy. The best news is that every enemy we face today has already been defeated at the Cross and through the resurrection of Christ.
Are you suiting up in your spiritual armor today?
Dear Lord, may we deny the temptations of the flesh by putting on our spiritual armor and walking in victory. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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Karen Jurgens, a Cincinnati native, is a Texan transplant for thirty-five years and counting. Retired from a teaching career, she writes for the Lord, edits fiction, and speaks on Christian topics.
Karen is a Senior Editor, Bible Study Writer, and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is the Co-Editor and a contributing author for Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Karen holds a B.S. and M.Ed. in Secondary Education with majors in English and French. She is currently a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
Karen’s first novella, published in an anthology, became the springboard for Desire’s Promise and A Perfect Fit. Blogging led her to Inspired Prompts Blog, then Heart “wings” Ministry where she served as Leader for the Front Porch Bible Study Series. Some of her blog posts are also published in Heart“wings” Devotional, as well as in other ministries and blogs.
Currently, she is revising her Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study for publication. Her work-in-progress is a memoir about her “Judas Experience,” a celebration of God’s supernatural deliverance from the enemy’s kiss of deception.
Passionate about how to find God’s peace through life’s storms, she blogs at Touched by Him, her ministry blog.
Karen loves to cook, entertain, and enjoy life with her two adult daughters and her amazing 98-year-old mother.
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