December 13

Ephesians 4-6

Are you superstitious? If you are you will probably stay in bed today. It’s Friday the 13th. To some that is a bad luck day.

Do you carry a rabbit’s foot or glue a statue of a saint on your dashboard? Are you a self-talker who readies himself each day by repeating words that tell you how strong you are, how capable and good you are? Why do you pray in the morning? Is it so God will turn all the lights green on your way to work?

Many of us will face challenges today And all of us will be tempted to sin. Paul reminds us our enemy is not flesh and blood. It’s Satan. And Satan is going to give us his best shot today. How ready are you?

Being ready is why Paul tell us to put on the full armor of God. We need to be armed with God’s truth and his righteousness. We need to have the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, God’s Word, and prayer. We need to protect our hearts and minds, our feet and bodies from Satan’s attacks.

Christianity is not a good-luck charm. It’s an army ready for battle. If you want good luck then stay away from ladders and black cats. But if you want a relationship with God and the ability to be the person he wants you to be, put on the full armor of God. Then you will be able to stand against the devil’s schemes… even on Friday the 13th.

Dear God, I pray for your people today. May we intentionally put on your armor before we go out into our day. May we be ready to stand against Satan, against temptation. And, Father, I pray that others will recognize that we are able to stand because of you. May people want you in their lives because they recognize you in us.

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