"Then after the battle you will still be standing firm." (Ephesians 6:13b NLT)
How are you doing at "standing firm"? I have recently gotten a much better thought process on it. I have had balance issues, because of ankle problems, for several years. I discovered, this summer, what I thought was arthritis is actually ligament damage and can be fixed. This has meant ankle surgery, more balance issues while it heals, but when finished my prayer is to be able to "stand firm."
There is also the "stand firm" Paul is talking about in this letter to the Ephesians. Here Paul is pointing out the need for the "full armor of God." (Ephesians 6:13a) The Message reads "Truth, rightesousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than just words. Learn how to apply them." A good reminder we can "stand firm" in what we believe, and talk about, while living in the PEACE of God's love. Jesus tells us in John 14:27 "My peace I give to you not as the world gives." (Emphsis mine)
There are times, especially as Caregivers, when we have to stand firm about what is happening or will happen. There are times when we struggle with balance - physically and with self care. Through all of these things, however, we can put on the "full armor of God" (Ephesians 6:13a) "so that when its all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet." (The Message Ephesians 6:13b) After ankle surgery, pandemics and what ever else we face - we can be "standing firm."
9/26/2021 09:29:22 am
I can not only read the message but incorporate it as well. Many things are going on in my life which totally require God's strength, His Spirit. Otherwise, I will not only NOT BE STANDING, but be a puddle that eventually just dries up n blows away. That is not what I want. I want not only to do His will here n now but also leave a living legacy.
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