Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ephesians 6:10-18

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! The sun is shining for sure this morning, and was making rainbow-like reflections on the wall as it shone through the glass in our front door. the moon is supposed to be full right now, but I have not seen the moon for a month. Too hazy.

Well, I had an invigorating walk in Walmart yesterday. :o) They have really cleaned up the place and have wide, clean aisles. I noticed from the sales slip that they do not have a manager right now, but someone is doing a good job! I had a brief chat with the cashier, who always inquires about Louis, because she worked there when he did.

When I went to the park, not many people were out. It is really obvious that the tourists have returned home, because nearly all the cars are local. I was disappointed not to see the old gopher tortoise, but did see an egret standing watch over the water. Something was disturbing the water in the canal, but I could not see what it was. I am always looking for an otter, because they are so cute! God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Where do I find protection from the threat of evil?

Ephesians 6:10-18
Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world; against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of god's righteousness. For shoes , put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.

This is perhaps the Bible's most comprehensive teaching about the resources believers have to overcome evil. Spiritual forces lurk behind many of our conflicts. Therefore, we should not attack the people manipulated by evil but focus directly on the evil itself. We rely on truth, faith, the power of our testimony, the wisdom of God's word, and the power of prayer. When these are mobilized, evil succumbs, God wins, and we win.
To God be the Glory!!

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,