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Scripture used in today's message:
Isaiah 11:1-5, 52:7, 59:15-17
"I thought at this point I would be better"
The battle is not against flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12); taking up the whole armor of God is not "pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps" but rather depending on God. This is not about self-improvement, but allowing God to work in us.
The belt of truth helps us to discern; it frees us from entanglement and allows us to focus on the battle. (Eph. 6:14)
The breastplate of righteousness is not mustering up some righteousness of your own, but trusting in Jesus' righteousness. (Eph. 6:14)
The shoes of the gospel of peace give readiness; the gospel brings restoration and healing. (Eph. 6:15)
The shield of faith to defend against doubt. (Eph 6:16)
The helmet of salvation protects our mind by reminding of God's finished work. (Eph 6:17)
The sword of the spirit - the Word of God is a tool to for the hand-to-hand combat of everyday life. (Eph 6:17)
With all of this God-given provision, pray and be alert, recognizing our helplessness and dependence on God. (Eph 6:18-20)