Obeying the Lord's Great Commission to make disciples puts us behind enemy lines. When behind enemy lines, look for the traps that create tension in your marriage. Expect a flaming arrow to land in your child's besroom at night (they went to bed happy, but woke up upset and full of resistance). Expect potential conflict all around you. Expect also numerous small brush fires (at work, with finances, relationships, etc) that threaten to become huge fires if not put out.
You will find yourself stretched thin and missing prayer, and time in the word, here and there.
When the enemy attacks, realize that you have a choice: 1) run and be overtaken by the enemy. 2) ignore what is happening and be surprised when the enemy sucker punches you in your face. Or 3) prayerfully put on, and keep on the whole armor of God so you can stand firm and fight your way to victory through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Christians, when we choose the third option, we are sure to win. We come out with battle scares, but victory is ours.
|14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,|
|15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;|
|16 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.|
|17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.|
Pastor Kennedy (MZO)