507Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 4, 2007
- Nov 4, 2007Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 4, 2007
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Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength
of [God's] power. Put on the whole armour of God,
so that you may be able to stand against the wiles
of the devil. For our struggle is not against
enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the cosmic powers
of this present darkness, against the spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore
take up the whole armour of God, so that you may
be able to withstand on that evil day, and having
done everything, to stand firm."
As followers of Christ, we will experience spiritual
warfare. We live in a world full of good and evil.
Evil comes in many forms and disguises, and attempts
to extinguish the light of God within us. Evil can
be subtle and easy to miss. Evil can wear us down
like a pebble in a shoe. We are in a struggle that
is not against flesh and blood, but a struggle that
is cosmic in nature. The struggle may come in the
form of reasonable compromise or may be quite obvious,
such as great movements of evil in world history.
How can we be strong in God? We can live in the
strength of God's power and withstand evil by
wearing the whole armor of God. Partial armor
is not enough. Years of military experience
reveal that the enemies will always look for a
weak link in the line of defense. The enemy
will study their opponent's weaknesses and when
least expected, will attack and slaughter without
What is the whole armor of God? We put on our
armor while standing firm in our faith. Wear
your belt of truth. Put on the breastplate of
righteousness. Wear shoes that will prepare you
to proclaim the Gospel of peace. St. Francis
reminds us to preach the Gospel at all times
and if necessary, to use words. Hold on to your
shield of faith. Wear the helmet of salvation
and sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit at all times
in every prayer. Pray alertly and frequently for
other Christians in their struggles against the
evil one. Our best ammunition against evil and
doubt is prayer. Praise the Lord and pass the
I used to have a bookmark that said something like
this, "When we reach up, God is reaching down."
When we clothe ourselves with the whole armor of
God, we can be confident that God is standing
alongside us. God is greater than all the combined
forces of evil. One plus God is a majority. We
need to pray for each other to succeed in our
Christian lives. Through our prayers, we can help
others put on their spiritual armor when they are
battle fatigued and unprepared.
Many people say sexual minorities cannot be
Christians, but the word of God invites seekers
from all sexual orientations who are interested
in Christ into the family of God. This is an
important part of our armor. Without this
understanding, we are vulnerable to the attacks
of the evil one who delights in defeating us with
lies and deceptions.
So praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! Wear
the full armor of God. Remember, the Bible invites
without discrimination all, whosoever, anyone, and
everyone to a full and triumphant life in God.
God, thank you for your word, which so empowers us
for spiritual warfare. Help us stand firm and stand
tall in your armor. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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