I hope you’ve had a lovely week.
Here is my 2nd weeks bible study for The Armour of God (later than I wanted it to be).
Ephesians 6:10-18 The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
1 – Sin could be described as ‘a web of guilt…from which there is no escape’.
- How would you describe sin?
- Sin is a weapon the devil uses & can be a lot of different things ranging from rudeness to murder.
- It’s repercussions?
- The repercusions are the loss of God & death.
2 – read Psalm 18:16-19 & 31:8. One Old Testament word for salvation – yasha – means ‘rescue’.
- What do you think Davids thoughts & feelings were in Psalm 18:16-19 & 31:8?
- Gratitude & relief. Knowledge in the fact that he made God happy & pleasure in doing so.
3 – Consider stories where an innocent person has been kidnapped & a ransom demanded – either a substantial amount of money or the exchange of important prisoners.
- What might be involved in gaining the persons freedom?
- Lots of negotiation, gentle words & patience.
- How do you think that person would feel when set free?
- Relief, appreciation & apprehension.
- How would you feel if it were you?
- All of the above but part of me thinks, what would be the result of adding more funding to their means or released prisoners to their ranks?? Would it actually be a good idea to pay the ransom in order to save me? I honestly don’t know if it would be?
4 – Read Ephesians 1:7. ‘Redemption’ (or ‘redeem’) is often used in relation to salvation in both the Old & New Testaments & suggests a cost.
- In what ways is salvation free yet very costly?
- Salvation is freely given by God, with His grace. It is costly because it cost Jesus His life!
- How does the cost of salvation impact you?
- Due to Jesus’ sacrifice, we are required to live our lives in accordance with Him – selfless, loving, generous & self-sacrificing!
- Have you ‘fallen out’ with someone & then reconciled? How did if feel to experience both?
- Frustration when the reason isn’t known or feeling like it can’t be resolved, then relief & thankful when it is, occasionaly wondering what all the fuss was about to begin with.
7 – Read 2 Corinthians 5:18 & Colossians 1:21-22. Reconciliation is another aspect of salvation.
- What does this mean to you?
- We must not sit on bad feeling, sort it out as soon as possible, wherever possible. We are reconciled to God when we are free from sin.
8 – Consider the following Rs – rescued, redeeemed, ransomed, reconciled, restored, renewed, right, relationship.
- What does each entail?
- Rescued & Redeemed – Jesus rescued/redeemed us from sin & the devil by sacrificing himself
- Ransomed – We were all ransomed bu the devil & Jesus paid our ransome with His life
- Reconciled & Restored – We are reconciled to God through Jesus & God restores us a result
- Renewed – We are renewed by Gods Holy Spirit, filling us anew each day & whenever we ask for it
- Right relationship – We have the right relationship with God, Jesus & His Holy Spirit when we acknowledge that They make up the Holy Trinity, are all one God & live according to His will.
- Use these for a phrase.
- Thank you Lord for rescueing me & paying my ransom with Your life. Thank you Lord for reconciling me to Our Holy Father & Thank you Father for restoring me. Thank you for filling me with Your Holy Spirit, renewing me everytime. I thank you Father for your eternel love & for showing me how to enter into a right relationship with You & for Your unwaivering forgiveness when I fail to do so.
The personal application to help us with the week ahead –
That’s the end of my 2nd weeks study.
- ~what question would you struggle with?~
- ~what would your answers be?~
Have a wonderful week ahead.
Bye for now.