Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of November 4, 2012
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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. Thank you
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Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength
of his 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 mercy.
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 ammunition!
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,
Chi Rho Press
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