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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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February 6, 2014 - Are You Walking Around Naked?

By Patty Kennedy

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11, ESV).

Have you ever sensed you were under spiritual attack? I have experienced it many times, most notably when involved in a ministry where people are set free who have long been Satan's prisoners.

Satan doesn't like it when we intrude and try to take what belongs to him. He does not relinquish captives without a fight, especially those he has held in his grip for decades.

But God has made ample provision for us in this battle. The armor of God is given so we will be able to "stand against the schemes of the devil." Why, then, do so many of us seem to live defeated lives? The trouble is twofold: (1) We are ignorant about this wonderful provision. (2) We know about it, but have not taken the necessary action to clothe ourselves.

The steps Paul outlines in Ephesians 6 may seem daunting. Certainly discipline is involved on our part — most notably, we are responsible for seeing to it we are so saturated with God's Word we can wield it effectively in battle as the Sword of the Spirit.

We must gird ourselves with truth and be above reproach at all times. We must be ready, in season and out of season, to share the gospel. Faith is paramount, for without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

If you feel like you are being pummeled in battle, consider whether you have forgotten to clothe yourself properly. In whom or what do you put your faith? Are you feeding on God's Word daily, and taking time to meditate on it? Do you pray for opportunities to share your faith, so that when God brings someone your way, you are instantly aware it is a divine appointment?

I have encountered battles while fully clothed with God's armor, and I have encountered battles where I stood naked and vulnerable against my enemy. I much prefer being properly protected. God's purposes are always better served when we obediently heed His Word and take full advantage of the abundant provision He has made for us.

— Patty Kennedy describes her life as "a powerful illustration of God's matchless grace and redemption." She lives in Springfield, Mo., where her husband, John, serves as news editor for the Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

 

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