Explore the Bible Study: Preparing for the Battle

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How would you rate your awareness of the spiritual battles taking place around you? Consider the current health of your relationship with the Lord: How likely are you to be able to resist or stand up against evil forces? These questions will be some that you will want your group to consider as you discuss the Explore The Bible study: Preparing for the Battle.

Ephesians 6 concludes Paul's letter to the believers in Ephesus. It's only appropriate, after all the guidance, theology, reminders, correction, and direction he has given, that he ends with a challenge to PUT ON and TAKE UP the FULL armor of God (Ephesians 6:11 and Ephesians 6:13). Both actions are vital if we are to remain strong in our faith.

God has provided you with a wardrobe to wear as you enter in battle each day. As you dress in the morning, you need to suit up in God's armor as well. Dressed in this armor daily, you are prepared to enter the world. Without it you will be vulnerable to attack.

Responsive Reading
The following is provided in the supplemental teaching ideas to help your group consider the armor of God's practical application. As you read through it below, consider how you are preparing daily for the spiritual battles you will face.

ARMOR OF GOD RESPONSIVE READING

READER: Lord, help me to put on Your armor daily so that I will be prepared to resist and stand. I acknowledge that every piece of armor is necessary including:

READER: The Helmet of Salvation
RESPONDER: Thank you, Lord, for my salvation. I receive it in a new and fresh way from You, and I declare that nothing can separate me now from the love of Christ and the place I shall eternally have in Your kingdom.

READER: The Breastplate of Righteousness
RESPONDER: And yes, Lord, I wear Your righteousness today against all condemnation and corruption. Fit me with Your holiness and purity—defend me from all assaults against my heart.

READER: The Belt of Truth
RESPONDER: Lord, I put on the belt of truth. I choose a lifestyle of honesty and integrity. Show me the truths in Your Word I so desperately need today. Expose the lies that I am not even aware that I believe.

READER: The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
RESPONDER: I do choose to live for the gospel in every moment. Show where you are working and give me the strength to have gospel conversations with those who don’t have peace that comes through knowing You.

READER: The Shield of Faith
RESPONDER: Jesus, I am confident that You can protect me against every lie and every assault of the enemy. Nothing is coming today that can overcome me because You are with me.

READER: The Sword of the Spirit
RESPONDER: Holy Spirit, show me specifically today the truths of the Word of God that I will need to counter the snares of the enemy. Bring them to mind throughout the day.

Video Option
The following video might could be used with certain audiences to conclude the study.



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