Sunday, February 17, 2008

Wrestling


Ephesians 6:12---For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The photo at left is of Ian, well, struggling. To be fair to him the kid in black did jump the whistle and caught Ian unawares.

I know how Ian feels in the context of Eph 6. All of us are wrestling not against flesh and blood and sometimes these other powers don't play fair. This is why Paul continues in Eph 6 to advise us to put on the whole armor of God. That is a metaphor switch but good advice nonetheless. The helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, sandals of gospel, shield of faith, and the sword of scriptures are only useful in defense if we wear them and use them.

Therefore I am asking that you pray Eph 6:18-19 for us as well. That we would have utterance given to us that we may open our mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.

I ask this so that as we deal with the adoption process, as well continue to live and work in Browning, and interact with the community that we would not put our "missionary selves" on hold and that we would not seek our own interests but to glorify God.

1 comment:

Martha said...

I know a great children's song about putting on the armor of God. It might not prepare your kids any more for going to Africa---besides the being aware of the armor part---but if you work with African American kids or most urban kids, this song will be appropriate. I guess you don't find many of either of those groups in Browning, though.