Scripture: Ephesians 3-6
Observation: I love how in these chapters the writer of Ephesians seems to remind us of how we keep evil out of our lives and our beings. That we don't just do good to do good, but we do good to help keep evil out. that we choose what is right to keep evil from taking over us.
He says in 4:26-28, Don't let anger over take you! We often think being angry in and of itself is sinful. The sin isn't in the feeling, but in the ACTION! He says in 5:4, if you are choosing bad things, you can't be as fully thankful as I need you to be. He says in 5:11-13 "Don't give into the dark, for the light will always win. Choose your team carefully!"
But then the end is so great! The whole armor of God in 6:10-17! Put it all on! Put on the breastplate of justice and the belt of truth! Put on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit! How wonderful is that! We can protect ourselves from evil with the light and good of God!
Application: Where is evil creeping into your life? Where are you slipping into ways you shouldn't? Where are people rioting against you or speaking evil? What places do you need to put on the armor of God? What great questions! Put those things on your heart and mind today!
O God of Protection--Protect the ones I love today. Let them put on your armor to protect them from evil. Let your light in them banish the darkness. Change their hearts and protect them from the evil one. Thank you for all your grace, mercy and protection! In your name we pray! Amen!