December 16, 2016

Ephesians 6:14-15 ~ ESV
“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.”

The main thing that I noticed this morning about this verse was, “having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” It speaks to the necessity of preparing for our battles before we fight them. This whole section in Ephesians is talking about the different things we need in order to be effective in battle. We always need to be ready to fight, because the enemy isn’t going to wait until it is convenient for both of us. In fact, he is more likely to attack when our guard is down.
How do we combat this? Well, we stay ready and we prepare in advance for our battles. If we wait to read our Bibles and pray until troubles come, odds are, it isn’t going to end very well for us. But, if we spend time with God every day and we have an active relationship with Him, we are more likely to succeed.
I read a book (at some point) and someone said, “If they had kicked Al Capone out of Chicago when he was just a small-time operator, he wouldn’t have been so hard to handle; but they waited until he became a first-class criminal with his forces built up. Then it took an army to bring him down.” That works in our lives as well. If you kick the devil out of your house, your church, or anything else before he can get comfortable, then we won’t have such a big fight on our hands.
Anytime the devil comes and tries to bring chaos into our lives, as long as we are prepared in advance, we will be able to take the peace of God and stomp out the devil’s plan before it even has time to cause problems.

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