Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 6:10-12.
Read this scripture prayerfully. It may be very familiar, but even if it is, slow down and make a mental list of the armor the Lord has given to you. He has not left us alone – He is right here with us.
How can you respond when you are afraid? When you are angry? When you are tempted? When the enemy is prowling around? How do we fight the battle in His strength and not our own? This is what Paul is trying to tell us, by using metaphors to help us see how to put on Christ and His strength. He tells us to put on:
The Belt of Truth
The Breastplate of Righteousness
The Gospel of Peace
The Shield of Faith
The Helmet of Salvation
The Sword of the Spirit
And to Pray at All Times!
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
WATER THE SEED
Stand firm and don’t give in to your feelings. Don’t be conned by wrong thinking. Stop and take a time out before you act. Put on your armor and don’t go into battle unprepared, ill equipped, or untrained. Be wise in using what the Lord has given to you. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might!” So often we feel like a victim when we are under attack from the enemy. The truth is we are in a battle, on a battlefield. What does that mean? Take time to consider this. What adjustments do you need to make in your thinking? Are you not so fond of camo? Is the Lord revealing any resistance in your heart to the idea of living for another, of being a part of a battle group? 2 Timothy 2:3-4 says, “Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”
BEAR THE FRUIT
Stand against the devil.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:10-12 KJV