Being Ready for Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:10 (MEV): Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. In my reading, it occurred to me that what we consider to be the epitome of preparation for spiritual warfare as being Paul's description of the armor we must wear. These are his final thoughts on the …

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Live as Servants of God

1 Peter 2:11 (MEV): Dearly beloved, I implore you as aliens and refugees, abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul. Now comes the practical application again. This echoes Peter's introduction to this epistle where he calls his audience pilgrims or refugees. We are taking temporary shelter in this world, its economies, and …

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The Living Temple of God

1 Peter 2:5 (MEV): you also, as living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house as a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. From our previous excursion we note some important things: What God is doing is new, and it is alive. It is …

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Far Greater than Anything the Enemy Has

Ephesians 6:12 (MEV): For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Our enemies are not people that abuse, use and destroy us. Our enemies are spiritual. Jesus gave us the …

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Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers

Ephesians 4:11–16 (MEV): He gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, for the equipping of the saints, for the work of service, and for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, into …

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