Ephesians 6 was written in the fall of 2015. I wrote this in response to several reasons. I have worked with so many people who have been in vicious court battles over divorce, custody and legal issues. As a divorced person myself I know the anger and bitterness that can develop in a person’s heart during these battles, and especially with family members. I know that the Lord wants us to be aware that the battle we are in is not against people and to recognize these difficulties with other people stem from the evil work of the enemy. There are many spirits at work including control, confusion, manipulation, etc.… and these are what we need to be battling in the prayer realm, not in the physical realm by getting overly upset with people. I also wanted to include having the Lord equip us with armor in the meditation. I was at a women’s retreat from my church at Lake Bradley Christian Retreat Center in February 2015. Lindsey McPhail was the speaker and she allowed for plenty of alone time to listen to God. Our small cabin group stayed after the retreat ended and sat on a bench overlooking the beautiful lake with the sun glistening on the lake. We practiced listening prayer for each person. Basically, in listening prayer you sit quietly and ask the Lord to give you a word or picture for each person one at a time. My daughter Rebecca, her friend Natalie and my friend Ginny and I sat on the bench together. During the listening prayer for me, Ginny had a vision of me being covered in armor for my counseling business. I was covered from head to toe except for the hatch opening for speakingJ I have not forgotten that vision and every time I am in a difficult session I think of myself being covered in God’s armor, protected from the enemy. I was blessed to have Ginny help me edit and offer additions to this meditation. I was struck by the part of this passage that says if we “use EVERY piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will be standing firm.” We are not defenseless, God has equipped us for every difficult trial we face.
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Wayne (Submitted on Aug 13th 2016)
I enjoyed the reminder that whoever I am troubled by, that the true trouble comes from spiritual warfare beyond that person, and to focus on putting on the armor of God, dwelling in His Holy Presence, soaking in His peaceful presence, and enjoying the victory He has already claimed. Good stuff, thanks Cinda!