Week One of Priscilla Shirer’s The Armor of God study is complete and all I can say is wow! I don’t know about you, but I’m glad this book has wide margins, because I needed them! I had so much to write down, so many things to underline and make note of. And by the end of the week I felt incredibly empowered to fight the battles before me!
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Week one of the study is all about laying a foundation. It answers questions like, “who is the devil?” , “Are we really in a battle?“, “how can I fight?“, etc. Priscilla does a great job outlining how the bible makes clear that the battle that wages every single day.
She says, “Everything that occurs in the visible, physical world is directly connected to the wrestling match being waged in the invisible, spiritual world (pg. 11).” At the same time, she emphasizes the plethora of resources that are ours in Christ to fight the battle.
After going through this first week, I know you will be convinced of the importance of suiting up for the battle at hand. You will feel empowered and ready to fight!
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There were so many things that stood out to me in this chapter. Here are a few of them:
- The spiritual forces that we battle against (Ephesians 6:12) have a hierarchy (pg. 18).
This is not something I was aware of until very recently. My husband recently did an in-depth study and preached a sermon about these “rulers, authorities, powers and spiritual forces”, so my eyes have really been opened! Priscilla describes these entities as having a structure that is similar to what we would see in an army. Wow… did you know that? Knowing that changes my perspective about the reality of the war that we are in!
- “He wants to terrorize you until you’re rendered incapacitated, miserable and incapable of living in the benefits of a victory that has already been won (pg. 23).”
Woah! Do you see that? Do you see that in your own life? Or the lives of your loved ones? What about in the life of the church at large? I see it! As Christians, we have SO much in Christ. Priscilla goes more into depth as to all the things that are ours in Christ. One of them being the victory that Christ already won for us! But the enemy really wants to blind our eyes to what is ours so that we live defeated… even though we already have the victory!
- “The Book of Ephesians is a delicate mix between God’s gifts and our responsibilities (pg. 25).”
I loved that week one really explored this topic. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my life in terms of the things that only God can do versus the things that are my responsibility. It truly is such a mysterious thing when we consider that God will empower us for the fight (and there are certain things that will simply be given to us) and yet we have a job to do. God gives us responsibilities and invites us to partner with what He is doing. Amazing!
As I was reading through each day, I couldn’t help but notice all of the challenges being issued to us. Here are some challenging questions I believe are being posed in this chapter:
- Are you ignoring the spiritual reality in your life?
“Your real enemy-the devil- wants you to ignore the spiritual reality behind the physical one (pg. 11).” So what about you? Is there an area in your life that the enemy is trying to get you to ignore? Is there a struggle in your life that you’ve just pushed to the side? Maybe saying that it is something that will always be there? Or what about your relationships? Is there a spiritual component to the conflict you’ve been facing? I feel challenged after this week to make sure that I’m being alert to the spiritual reality in my life.
- Are you overemphasizing or under-emphasizing the enemy’s impact in your life? (pg. 13)
Along with the previous challenge question, this question helps us to evaluate where we stand when it comes to what we believe about spiritual warfare. I really appreciate this particular challenge as it helps us to start this study off on a good foundation.
- Do you know what is yours in Christ?
Priscilla outlines some of the things that are ours in Christ (pg. 14). Do you know what they are? Do you know the kind of power you have access to in Christ? I am definitely challenged this week to remember and commit to memory all the things that have been given to me in Christ. It’s truly incredible!
- Do you want to fight?
Priscilla calls out lazy Christianity and asks us if we are really ready and wanting to fight. Because Satan would love for us to be “disengaged and disinterested (pg. 27)” … so decide this day! For me, I had been one of those Christians who wasn’t putting on the full armor of God. But I’m ready now! So what about you…Are you going to fight?!
While those are my takeaways, they might not be yours. Are you studying with us? What are YOUR takeaways? What are the things that challenged YOU? Comment below and/or join in on the Facebook discussion below! I can’t wait to hear from you!