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Ephesians 6:10-18 New Living Translation 
The Whole Armor of God

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

What Are You Wearing?
     When the seasons change we change wardrobes in order to accommodate the atmosphere that we are about to walk into. I don't know many people that will walk outside when it is ten below zero with a two piece bathing suit on and not experience frost bite or some sickness of some kind. Unless something is wrong, they want be able to withstand that temperature for long because they are not properly clothed. If this is true in the natural then how do you expect to stand the atmosphere of the devil's attacks not properly spiritually clothed.   
     Many of us are walking around spiritually naked  and not properly spiritually clothed for what we may encounter. So many Christians experience ups and downs in their spiritual walk and constantly go through these visits to Lodebar (a low place), because they are not getting up everyday to spiritually dress themselves. It is amazing how we put so much importance on the natural, which is the thing that will fade away, instead of concentrating more on the spirit, which will live forever. 
     If you want go outside naked everyday, then don't wake up and encounter the enemy naked. He will tare you to shreds every time because you are empty. When you are empty he has a place and space to put his devices, plans, ans plots. Don't leave an opening for him because if he can he will take over. Purpose this week that you will get up everyday and clothe yourself properly spiritually so that you can withstand every demonic distraction that will come your way. When you have a kingdom mandate distractions will come, it is the inevitable, so be prepared. The prefix pre means before. In order to successfully overthrow the enemy every time you have to do some things before he comes.  
     If you don't strategically clothe yourself spiritually you will find yourself lashing out at people and thinking everyone is against you and having arguments and fights with others because you will be fighting the flesh instead of the spirit behind the flesh. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, so we don't fight on low ground. We fight high! Fight in and through prayer. Believe God past what you see, as often times when we purpose to pray the thing will get worst. This is the enemies attempt to make you quit. If you have ever sprayed bug spray on a bug it doesn't die instantly. It squirms and fights till the end. the enemy knows when you purpose to pray that his days are numbered in your situation, so he starts to squirm and fight and put forth his last ditch effort to make you stop. Stay on the wall ! Stay in the face of God! Keep the word before you, in you ear, and flowing from your mouth!. You are a winner! Every time you win!   

Andrea Gates
www.andreagates.org        




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