Saturday, January 15, 2011

A Fortress

A fortress defending against darkness can look like an ancient castle with impermeable stone walls and a fortified drawbridge that allow armies to fight off their enemies.

But a fortress defending against darkness can also look like a home covered in prayer with strong boundaries in place to not let anything destructive take root in the lives of those living there.

And a fortress defending against darkness is a heart bound up with truth, cradled by love, and filled with the Holy Spirit so that the enemy cannot gain a foothold.

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests."
-Ephesians 6:10-18

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