Full Armor of God–His Word the Ultimate Guide and Weapon

It is humbling to discuss the weapon called the sword of the spirit. God’s word. I have been in relationship with the Lord for 54 years. During those many years, there were days I could not find time to read the word. At other points, I would try to complete a plan and read the Bible through in a year, so I could check off a box. In college, My mentor taught me how to memorize scripture in quantity and it gave me a new love for the Bible.

Roughly 20 years ago, my dear friend Brian challenged me to be and keep him accountable to do meaningful devotions. I have spent most days in search of the wonders that God’s word had to offer. Each morning, no matter the circumstance, His truth guides me, comforts me and often helps me to just hang on and not quit. This Bible has armed me against the many and skillful attacks from the world and the enemy.

I am by no means perfect. Like David, I am a frail human being, subject to sin and to independence from God. The beautiful thing is that God’s Spirit helps to guide me to His truth in both good times and in bad. His word has truly led the charge in being a husband, a father, a professional and a volunteer in the community.

We do all things as if we are doing them for the Lord, not for men. His word teaches us selflessness, giving, patience, peace, faith, and love. It is an understatement to say it is mightier than a two-edged sword. In current times, I would say it is mightier than a Next Gen rifle or nuclear warhead! It is smarter than an AI led drone in surveillance and more discerning than the best of military intel. God’s word is my comfort, guide, and weapon of choice as I walk in this spiritual war, we call life!

God Bless You


Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints, and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Ephesians 6:17-18— and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. 

2 Timothy 3:16– All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Matthew 4:1-4–Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,

  “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,

    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Psalm 119:11,10511.Your word I Have hidden in my heart, so that I might not sin against You!

105–Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Deuteronomy 8:3–3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

Full Armor–Helmet of Salvation–Various Verses

Today, We are looking at the Helmet of Salvation. In our journey, we have looked at spiritual war and the preparation for it at several different angles.  The last piece of equipment soldiers usually put on is their helmet.  That is because without a head covering the rest of the equipment is pretty useless.  The mind is the control center, and it needs to remain intact when all else fails.  

Modern war and even sports like football use technology to assure the head is protected and the mind remains clear.  Spiritually, it is the same.  Unless we are part of God’s family, the other factors are moot.  Salvation is not a checklist or group of individual acts. It is a relationship with God through Christ.  Once that relationship is in place, then the other factors become important.  Without the relationship, the other factors are useless and often seem silly.

We need to know Christ and have that relationship.  We receive Christ by believing in Him and confessing His lordship in our lives.Romans 10:9-10  Once we do it becomes who we are and Whose we are; not what we do to earn God’s favor.  It is pivotal and eternal.  Once we receive Christ Jesus as Lord, then we walk into battle armed with the helmet of salvation and we are eternally safe from the enemy and his desire to destroy us!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not lean on your own understanding.  Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will Make your paths straight! Proverbs 3:5-6

God Bless You


Matthew 10:28 

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him lwho can destroy both soul and body in hell.8

Romans 6:10

For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.

I Corinthians 1:18

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God

I Corinthians10:5

 We destroy arguments and qevery lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to robey Christ,

I Peter1:9

 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Psalm 73:25  

Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

Ephesians 6:17

 and take sthe helmet of salvation, and xthe sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Full Armor of God–Shield of Faith–Various Verses

I love looking at the shield of faith.  If one ever gets the opportunity, they should watch the 300.  In that movie, the Spartans fight the Persians, and we see the way armies used their shields to not only repel the enemy attacks but to also advance their own battle front.  The shields (Scutum) were as big as doors, and they were made of wood and leather.  you could wet the leather and it would become fire retardant.  So, when enemies would shoot flaming arrows, they would extinguish as soon as they landed.

When attacked, the soldiers would form a unit and become like a giant wall of shields and the enemy could not penetrate.  As long as they were unified, it was almost impossible to break through.  As the men would tire, they would start falling off and leaving holes in the wall allowing the enemy to break through.  

Faith works the same way.  We have our individual faith that stands like a shield.  We bathe it in the word and in prayer, and not unlike the Roman shields it becomes soaked and flame retardant. So as the enemy fires arrows of doubt, criticism, temptation, and fear; we can allow the shield of faith to extinguish them as they land.  What is more important, as we stand as a body of believers, we form the same wall that the Roman guard formed.  The attacks on us as a body are not successful.  They make a great deal of noise and fury, but in the end, we press on to talk hold of that for which Christ took hold of us.  Philippians 3:12

Still, we must remain faithful.  As we grow weak, we leave spots open for attack.  it takes each of us walking daily and following closely to be an effective tool of God for the spreading of the Gospel and the showing others all our Lord’s attributes.  Abraham, Moses, David, and heroes through Hebrews 11 had faith in common.  Their faith was counted to them as righteousness.  We must seek the Lord in prayer and in His word so we can join such a great cloud of witnesses in this journey of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2

God Bless You


10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Hebrews 11 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 12

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

1 John 5:4

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

1 Corinthians 6:4

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Full Armor–Shoes of Readiness and Peace–Various Verses

This is the most challenging piece of armor for me.  I have no issue with the readiness of the gospel. Romans 1:16 says I am not ashamed of the gospel, it is the power of God unto salvation for anyone that believes.  So being ready to share the message of hope and peace is a joy.  The struggle for me is the peace aspect.  While knowing the Lord is the source of peace for my life and the lives of Christians through the ages; still the Gospel is a divisive tool.  Those with whom it connects are free while those that are enemies are never at peace and always at war with the people of faith.  

The apostles gave their lives in pursuit of spreading the Gospel worldwide.   The peace they provided was a peace that passes human understanding Philippians 4:6.  It allows us to be content in all circumstance Philippians 4:11.  It is a peace that allows us to pray with thanksgiving about anything that is a source of anxiety Phil 4:6.  It is a peace that reminds us that our Lord is with us even until the ends of time Matt 28:20.  It is the peace experienced by David, Daniel, Elijah, Elisha, Paul, and John.     It is God’s peace that has been the carried through His chosen for thousands of years.

peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness from james, bible quote poster and dove sign

Our role as His people is to share that message of peace to the world and bring hope to the hopeless.  Stand Firm and Stand ready!!

God Bless You                                                                                                                                                                                  


10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Romans 5:1 

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:15 

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Mark 16:15

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

John 14:27 

Peace,

 I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Armor of God–Breastplate of Righteousness Eph 6, Isaiah 59

When looking at the Full Armor of God, there is nothing more uplifting and encouraging than the Breastplate of righteousness.  The Father armed Himself with the same breastplate as he set out to restore truth and justice to Israel in Isaiah 59.  Our righteousness covers our most vital parts.  In 1 Peter 5, Peter reminds us that our enemy is on the prowl, seeking whom he can devour.  We have to be ready and protected from the attacks that are sure to come.

The righteousness we are covered with is not a self-righteousness that we gain from doing a list of things or avoiding a list of bad things.  It is the righteousness that cones from faith Gen 15, Romans 4–“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”   We are equipped with a righteousness that comes by faith. 

Interestingly the shield of faith stands alongside our breastplate of righteousness. Combined we are the Lord’s and subject to his protection and power.  We then face each day with faith and confidence that He is God and has our life scoped and protected. 

That confidence in Him allows us to face the battle face forward and chest held out ready for battle.  If a breastplate of righteousness is what the Father is equipped with, then, the same breastplate is great enough for me.

God Bless You        


Ephesians 6

13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Isaiah 59

14 So justice is driven back,

    and righteousness stands at a distance.
truth has stumbled in the streets,
    honesty cannot enter.
15 Truth is nowhere to be found,
    and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.

The Lord looked and was displeased
    that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no one,
    he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
so his own arm achieved salvation for him,
    and his own righteousness sustained him.
17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate,
    and the helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on the garments of vengeance

    and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak…

“The Redeemer will come to Zion,
    to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,”
declares the Lord.

21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.

Armor of God,Belt of Truth–Galatians 6

When we discuss Spiritual Warfare, the idea of the heavenly realms being at war seems a little like a fantasy novel.  The truth is the war between God and our enemy has gone on since the dawn of time.  We serve the Risen victor and master of the Universe.  As we go into battle though, one needs to understand and employ the armor that has been provided.

The belt of truth serves two main functions.  It helps us to Gird up our stuff in preparation for battle and It serves as a base and tool chest, as it were, for all that we believe and profess.  In days of old, people wore capes and robes.  those served to protect the wearer and to allow ample storage for the necessities of life.  While useful and helpful, they were not practical for running and attacking an enemy. So, warriors and soldiers tucked the robes into their belts and prepared for what was to come. The belts were wide and had pockets and compartments to store and hang the appropriate tools and weapons.  They were critical to the wearer in the crisis and travel.

Truth serves us similarly today.  God’s truth is wide and deep and allows us the space we need to prepare for spiritual battle.  What is more, the truth is strong, it will not bend or break no matter what strain is placed upon it.  It is also a primary utility for Christians.  Our testimony, biblical knowledge, and daily journey with God are dependent on the truth of His word.  

As a utility, the Bible, our sword, and faith, our shield, must be able to remain attached to truth. Otherwise, during trial or battle, they will fall and be destroyed; leaving us naked and unarmed. I am grateful for the belt of truth that helps me to ready myself for battle and holds the tools I need to be victorious!

God Bless you


The Armor of God

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having [a]tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15 and having [b]strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16 Above all, lift up the [protective] [c]shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

18 With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all [d]God’s people.

The Full Armor of God–Vigilance, Various Verses

There is little doubt that in spiritual war, one must be prepared for every eventuality.  Paul had been arrested, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, and snake bit. Still, he literally continued to share the Gospel until he was executed by Nero.  One of the dangers of walking with the Lord is the tendency to get comfortable or careless and leave a portion of your life unguarded.  It is those areas that we leave unguarded that the enemy immediately attacks and uses to neutralize or marginalize our ministry and service to the Lord.

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Paul looked at every aspect of his life as he set out the scripture about the armor of god.  It is important to note that Isaiah also sent out the word in Isaiah 59 about how to allow God to be our armor and our faith and righteousness to cover us.  We cannot forget that salvation, peace, truth, faith, righteousness, and God’s word make our way possible.  

We must remain vigilant as we travel on this journey.  If we get comfortable or complacent, that is when we will be blindsided by an enemy attack.  It is our reliance upon God’s word and spirit that brings us through these most difficult times.  Paul reminded us that He was pressed down but not defeated, we must remain the same.

For the next few days, we will take a closer look at salvation, peace, truth, faith, righteousness, and God’s word.  As we do, It will remind us how to be vigilant in our pursuit of the Lord.  In the meantime, stand firm and remain confident that His spirit will guide and direct us.

God Bless You


2 Corinthians 4:8-9

“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” 

Isaiah 59:17

For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

Romans 13:11-14

And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

2 Corinthians 6:7
…by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left…

Spiritual Warfare-Ephesians 6

There is little doubt that the world is at war.  Spiritual battles are being waged in the lives and in families everywhere.  So as God’s chosen, we are called to Stand firm and be ready for war.  While the apostle Paul was right on point for the times and places, he was ministering almost 2000 years ago.  Does the same battle and the need for the same armor still exist today?

The answer is absolutely.  We must remember we serve a God who is omnipresent. He literally is in all places and in all times at once.  The spiritual war that is waging has gone on for the entire time since Adam and Eve.  Our journey is a brief one, and our goal is to become like the Master.  So, Paul is urging for us to stand firm and ready for war is as critical today as it was during early Rome.

So, this week, we will look at the Armor of God.  We will examine the pieces and their function in our lives.  We will also look at the time and the need to continue to train for the battle we are in.  

For today, we must understand the battle.  Verse 12 sums it up. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, authorities, and powers of this Dark world and against spiritual forces of the heavenly realm.  It would be to simplistic to limit the scope to fighting demons and spiritual forces.  Paul does not do that. 

We clearly are fighting a culture and world view that screams I am the center of the universe.  Whatever is going on is only relevant as it relates to me.  When we are stuck in that mindset, we will be defeated. God reminds us that we need to make it about Him.  If we will, He will provide us with the tools to defeat the world culture.  In addition, He will provide us the vision to see the spiritual war being waged alongside.

When we can see that, We can stand firm ad begin fighting in earnest.  Our time in the word and in prayer will help us to shift our gaze from ourselves and our circumstance and onto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.  When our vision is placed correctly, we will be able to employ the tools of spiritual war.  Help me, Lord to see things through your scope of eternity.

God Bless You

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Attention–It’s time to Discuss Spiritual Warfare–various Verses

Spiritual warfare is as real as anything we see in the physical world.  We often forget that the trials, temptations, and challenges in life, while temporal in nature, can have long-range spiritual implications for us and those we love.  Paul knew that as well. That is why in his letters Paul challenged the people to stand firm in the faith, and to live as if in battle.  

Battle requires courage, training, discipline, and the right tools to succeed.  In August, we will be looking at spiritual warfare. We will discuss preparation, the tools, and our response to life in a world of Spiritual war.  In the month, we will look at what it means to stand firm in the Lord.  We will also look at submitting to God’s leadership as one under command in the military.  

Then we will look at the use of the weapons and armor God provides us for spiritual war.  Finally, we will look at God’s promises for His chosen as not only warriors, but also priests.  God’s desire, as we have discussed, is that we be a part of a nation of priests, drawing men to follow God into an eternal life of peace.  Sadly, freedom often requires sacrifice and warfare.  So, let’s prepare and pray as we enter the critical discussion of Spiritual war!

God Bless You


2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 

So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 1:2-4 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Psalm 31:24 

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

Hebrews 4:14

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

1 Peter 5:8-9 

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

I Timothy 4

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. 10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle,[d] for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.

11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 

Fruit of the Spirit–Self Control–The way to Win the War

As we wrap up the series on the fruit of the Spirit, We look finally at the fruit of Self-Discipline.  It seems almost like an oxymoron to discuss the Spirit’s power to make us people that control ourselves.  But the truth is that our ability to live the disciplined life is a true testament to God’s spirit ruling in us.

Our society has made self and instant gratification not only acceptable but expected.  We live in a time that allows us to binge watch entertainment, to door dash in every meal from almost everywhere. Amazon brings us what we want often in hours rather than days. We refuse to discipline our children; we tie the hands of our educators and law enforcement to punish sin and keep order.

It has become a world that is returning to the law of the jungle.  Once again, God calls us to be different,  We are to live lives that have order. We are to evaluate our lives based upon needs not desire.  We are to watch what we take into our bodies and what we allow to come out of our mouths.  We are to raise our children in an environment of love and order, so that they can function successfully in the chaos.   

God tells us we are in a spiritual war.  Spiritual wars require discipline for us to survive. Discipline does not remove the ability to have fun from us, it simply puts order in our lives that ultimately frees us from the anxiety and pain of living in a mess of a culture. 

It is difficult. That is why God gives us the Holy Spirit to navigate through.  We need simply to trust God and to seek His direction as we move forward with our lives.  When we do seek His leadership, God will help us to order our steps in a way that brings us the most for our lives and our walk with Him.

Like the rest of the Fruit of the Spirit, self-control causes us to look more like God.  If we can trust him to build discipline in our lives, we will be able to withstand the enemy’s and the world’s attacks.  

God Bless You


Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

1 Corinthians 9:25

25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

I Corinthians 10:13

13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

2 Timothy 1:7

7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

Proverbs16:32

32 Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 26:28

28 Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

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