6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 6:14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 6:15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 6:16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will
be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation,
6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. 6:19 Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,6:20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.
Final Words of Instructions for followers
Be Strong “IN” THE LORD
— NEED FOR UMBRELLA COVERAGE
Being a follower of Jesus is not an carefree life.
You need to be ready for all things, not just one or a few
WHY BE STRONG?
— OUR STRUGGLES it a spiritual one,
have nothing to do with
economy, age, health, ours is SPIRITUAL
OUR GOAL — is to be left standing: not without scares and faults
SO GET DRESSED:
TRUTH truss… weigh lifter wear a belt for protect
HEART … breast plate for the matters of the heart/soul
SHOES … take the gospel to where call, not stand still
DARTS DEFENCE …. When things are great be ready
Not to be negative, rather practical.
(Flaming Darts, Hurt now burn later)
KEEP your head on: we… use your noodle
REMEMBER THIS: Live like you have been saved!
Because you ARE.
ONCE DRESS with preparation.. Wait for orders. Wait for call.
LISTENING … Active Prayer
Most folks’ prayers are going up the ladder.
Paul encourages us to listen, wait, for what comes to us.
6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
ONCE THE LORD CALLS, then IT IS TIME FOR OUR BOLDNESS IN RESPONSE…
I am an ambassador in chains.
Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak
“I am an AMBASSADOR”
You travel abroad… out of comfort
You TRUST / rely completely on HIS authority
You are a stranger in an strange land… called to witness
BE DRESSED AND READY… the Lord Calls!j