Part 6) Fight: The Life of Ministry
The life of a minister is spiritual battle
- Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
- Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
- Recall a significant reaction, conversation, or event.
- List out all that you are grateful for.
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Bible Text: Ephesians 6:10–20
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
CONTEXT & COMMENTARY
Apostle Paul writes this letter (or epistle) to the church at Ephesus. In this final chapter he describes the spiritual battle all Christians face.
A spiritual war is raging. The apostle Paul says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers.” You are in the middle of that war. Whether your heart is peace-loving or warlike makes no difference. You can’t get out of it. You can only choose whether to fight or to be mowed down as a civilian casualty.
McCallum, Dennis. Satan and his kingdom: what the Bible says and how it matters to you. Bloomington, Minnesota. Bethany House Publishers, 12.
- If all Christians are combatants in a spiritual war, what kind of mindset should I have?
- How does each part of the armor help me survive and fight this spiritual war? Which one do I need today?
- Who do I need to pray for today (vv.18-20)?