Through Christ Alone

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:14b – Having put on the breastplate of righteousness:  Paul recognizes the important need to have our spiritual vitals covered in righteousness.  The Roman soldier’s breastplate could be metal, adhering to the shape of the body or like a chain mail and leather. A soldier could not fight effectively fight without…

Battle Ready

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:14a – Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth Strictly, the belt is not part of the armor.  And yet, the belt was no mere adornment of the Roman soldier, but an essential part of his equipment. The belt played a crucial role in the effectiveness of soldier’s armor. It…

The Real Enemy

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:12-13 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having…

Call to Action

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  As Paul finishes his letter to the Ephesians, he thinks of the greatest struggle that is before them and wants to prepare them, with spiritual strength and courage. As…

Increasing Strength

Series: Spiritual Warfare Ephesians 6:10 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Having carefully established our place in Jesus and the basics of our Christian faith, Paul now says, finally, my brethren. Paul has established the facts of what God has done for us, and so…

Part 8: Fix Your Eyes

Series: Daily Christian Living Matthew 5:10-12 – Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the…

Part 6: Cleansed and Focused

Series: Daily Christian Living Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. The Lord here is talking about purity of the heart. Jesus came into the world to purify our dirty hearts. He reminds the disciples, it is not enough to have pure good acts on the outside. The Lord is…

Part 5: Compelled by Mercy

Series: Daily Christian Living Matthew 5:7 – Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. The Lord now moves to the next Beatitude of being merciful. Mercy is to have compassion or kindness that makes you forgive someone, usually someone you have authority over. Mercy has to do with compassion, forgiveness, leniency. This Beatitude…

Part 4: Starved and Parched

Series: Daily Christian Living Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Moving to the next of the Beatitudes, the Lord says those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, will be filled. Righteousness is defined as behavior that is morally justifiable or right, characterized by accepted…

Part 3: Calm and Resting

Series: Daily Christian Living Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. We now come to the third of the Beatitudes, meekness. The Easton Bible Dictionary defines meekness to be of a calm temper of mind, not easily provoked. Meekness is the silent submission of the soul to the “providence”…