This past weekend, we continued the latest teaching series at Mountain Lake Church, Call Of Duty. In it, we’re tackling some issues pertinent to us as Believers in God: submitting to authority and learning to defend ourselves against spiritual attack. You see, if we know how to follow our Commanding Officer, how to submit to His authority over our lives, and how to prepare ourselves to defend our faith, we’ll live lives that not only please God, but are also more victorious. Who couldn’t use a little more victory in their lives, right?
So, Shawn taught out of Ephesians 6:12-18. Take a look:
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the 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 addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
Those words brought questions to my mind: How are my defenses? Am I doing all I can to prepare myself to stand firm in my faith, lead others, and defend myself against spiritual attack? Do I recognize when the enemy is attacking?
What about you? Are you prepping to be all you can be? Or, is the enemy catching you off-guard? A little basic training could help us all, couldn’t it? So, for some practical wisdom about how to train yourself spiritually, click here and here. I’ll give you an inside look into my own “basic training” regimen. And, if you have some helpful tips, I’d love to hear them!