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He told the Corinthian believers, “Such is   through prayer. God calls us to put on his
        the confidence that we have through Christ   armor: the belt of truth, the breastplate of
        toward God. Not that we are sufficient in   righteousness, the shoes of readiness given
        ourselves to claim anything as coming   by the gospel of peace, the shield of faith,
        from us, but our sufficiency is from God”   the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
        (2Cor 3:4-5,  ESV). God told Paul, “My   the Spirit. By faith, we tighten God’s truth
        grace is sufficient for you, for my power   about us and allow his righteousness to
        is made perfect in weakness” (2Cor 12:9,   act as a breastplate protecting our hearts.
        ESV). It is our weakness that will drive us   We slip our feet into the readiness of the
        to our knees, to the Word, and ultimately   gospel of peace, and as we trust in Him,
        to our God.                          the flaming arrows of the enemy will be
        The Availability of God’s Power      deflected by our shield of faith. As we bring
          God’s unlimited power is fully available   our thoughts under Christ’s control, we’ll
        to all of His children. No believer can say   experience the protection of the helmet of
        that the command in Ephesians 6:10 is not   salvation. And as we spend time in God’s
        for them: “Be strong in the Lord and in the   Word and allow it to transform us, we will
        strength of his might.” The three words,   be able to wield the sword of the Spirit ef-
        strong, strength, and might, are similar in   fectively. Paul’s words in Romans 13 seem
        the English, but in the original text they   to indicate that the armor is Christ himself,
        are three different words. The first word   “Let us cast off the works of darkness and
        (endunamoō) means to be empowered or en-  put on the armor of light … put on the Lord
        abled, to be made strong (Strong’s Concor-  Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the
        dance). It is from the root of this word that   flesh, to gratify its desires” (Rom 13:13-14,
        we get our English word dynamite. Wuest’s
        Word Studies says that it has the idea of be-  ESV). Putting on the armor of God, the
        ing clothed with strength like putting on a   armor of light, and our Lord Jesus Christ
        garment. The second word (kratos) means   are all one and the same.
        vigor, power, dominion; that is, power   Once that armor is on, he calls us to pray
        that is manifested (Strong’s, Wuest). And   at all times in the Spirit. This is crucial for
        the third word (ischus) means forcefulness,   spiritual victory. As we raise our hearts in
        ability, might, or strength; it has the idea of   prayer and spend time in his presence, we
        sufficient and effective might that is inher-  are changed little by little. His greatness
        ent in Christ (Strong’s, Wuest). So by using   shows us just how weak and vulnerable
        these three words in Ephesians 6:10, God   we really are and how much we need to
        shows us that he has abundantly supplied   be strong in His strength. We realize that
        all the strength we need to live victoriously.  we cannot do this on our own, and so
        Appropriating His Power              we cling to Him and choose to wear His
          While the power is available, it is not   armor for protection. As we lean more
        automatic. If the strength is not sought   on Him and less on ourselves, our faith-
        after, searched for, seized, and securely   walk is strengthened. We see how utterly
        appropriated, then we are open game for   trustworthy He is and how very much He
        the enemy. So how do we appropriate   loves us and our hearts cannot help but
        God’s power?                         overflow with love and gratitude for the
          I believe it can only be done by faith and   Lord, our strength.

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