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The Armor of God 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Thursday - March 3
“Nothing is so powerfully effective against the devil, the world, the flesh, and all evil thoughts as to occupy oneself with God’s Word, to speak about it and meditate upon it, in the way that Psalm 1:2 calls those blessed who ‘meditate on God’s law day and night.’ Without doubt, you will offer up no more powerful incense or savor against the devil than to occupy yourself with God’s commandments and words and to speak, sing, or think about them. Indeed, this is the true holy water and sign that drives away the devil and puts him to flight.” - Luther, The Large Catechism. How do we know God’s will? How do we know what God thinks of us? By reading, meditating, and learning from God’s Word! That is where God has chosen to speak to us. God has put His power into His Word to create faith in us. Faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is how we powerfully fight the devil, the world, and our flesh.