Sunday, July 19, 2009

We Wrestle Not Against Flesh & Blood

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Ephesians 6:
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Called to Serve Don Christensen Oil on panel, 2002

“Examine your armor. Is there an unguarded or unprotected place? Determine now to add whatever part is missing. … Through the great principle of repentance you can turn your life about and begin now clothing yourself with the armor of God through study, prayer, and a determination to serve God and keep his commandments.”
President N. Eldon Tanner (1898–1982), First Counselor in the First Presidency, “Put on the Whole Armor of God,” Ensign, May 1979, 46.

“We face intimidation in many ways during our life. It may be the bully in the neighborhood as a child or the powerful corporation as we strive to make our way in the business world. It may be through peer pressure: to be popular is to go along with the crowd; to really show your love, you have to give your all; to be competitive, you have to take steroids. It may be our neighbor's money and power and our lack of them. The armor of God can help us bring down any intimidator, no matter what weapons he is using. The armor of God gives us eternal perspective, the strength of faith, truth, prayer, and the promise of salvation. We need never be afraid to stand up for ourselves and our God if we are protected with His armor.”
LaVell Edwards, Brigham Young University, 10 April 2001

1 comment:

  1. Funny - this is the lesson I taught to the 12-13 year old class today, about George Albert Smith and the armor of God protecting him in trying times (including bullets flying all around when he was a missionary in Missouri between 1892-1894). Your thoughts and music went deeper than I did, but they're nice to read after thinking about it for the last couple of days. I didn't know about the seminary song - I only taught Old Testament, 10 years ago.


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