Civic Responsibilities- Under A Corrupt Leader and Rigged Power Structure VI

Believer understand hope is called, glorious inheritance, high goals church called to.

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,…

Counter to armor of the world, Paul using a common image to explain spiritual realities. Fight greater than petty things, or things of this world. Aggression, missing the point if not wearing the armor. Armor sustains in everything. We have tools to combat the violence of the evil one.

Who is our enemy: The devil and his schemes which goes against the Will of our Heavenly Father. Satan is known by his works which is to steal, kill, and destroy. Jn 10:10.

Armor gives us the ability to stand firm in the face of evil and not be crushed by it.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is a wonderful example of standing in the face of unspeakable horror and sorrow.

A modeling of the Christian life.

Belt of Truth listed first. Our Savior cannot compromise with lies. Neither should His followers. Truth from the Lord is gentle. Conviction is vital. Easy for us to be deceived.