God’s Equipment For Spiritual Battle: Part One

God’s Equipment For Spiritual Battle: Part One

God’s equipment for spiritual battle is described in the Bible book of Ephesians 6:10-18. It reminds Christ-followers of a real, spiritual enemy. And describes the spiritual armor God provides for battle when he attacks.

Paul begins in V.10 by urging Christ-followers to Be Strong in the Lord. Although, a more literal translation is Be strengthened in the Lord.

In other words, you don’t fight alone! God’s Spirit is with you, empowering you in the fight.

God’s Equipment For Spiritual Battle Fastens On The Belt Of Truth…

Scholars say Paul wrote Ephesians while imprisoned in Rome and likely chained to a Roman soldier, which explains where the analogy comes from. And the first piece of God’s equipment for spiritual battle he describes is the belt of truth.

The RSV Bible translates it having girded your loins with truth gives a better picture of Paul’s meaning. Because common clothing of the day featured flowing robes that had to be gathered up to engage in physical activity. In essence, Paul tells Christ-followers to prepare yourself. Gather up your clothes and tighten on the belt of truth to hold them in place so you’re ready to fight.

But what kind of truth?

The Greek word aletheia, means a reality that is firm, solid, and true. And in this context suggests individual character and integrity.

It represents your core. And where you find balance. Although it’s not your own truth, but is based on God’s truth. Trusting His absolute integrity. And a willingness to stand firm and fight for it.

God’s Equipment For Spiritual Battle Wears A Breast Plate Of Righteousness

Imputed righteousness is an important Christian doctrine. That we’re all sinners, but the perfect righteousness of Jesus is imputed to you when you accept him as Savior and Lord.

And yet, you’re called to strive for righteousness. Imitate the life of Jesus. And demonstrate upright character by living according to God’s law.

However, the emphasis is not on how well you attain personal righteousness, but your devotion to God’s law. And this involves balance. By accepting God’s grace of salvation, knowing you can’t achieve perfect righteousness, but still striving for a life that honors God.

This means guarding your heart by diligently controlling what you let enter and stay. And exercising healthy, spiritual practices that include regularly consuming the Word of God.

God’s Equipment For Spiritual Battle Wears Shoes Given By The Gospel Of Peace

It seems strange that in the middle of a fight, Paul talks about peace. We’re supposed to witness in the middle of combat? And yet, it’s clearly an important part of our mission. After all, sharing the gospel message was in Jesus’ last instructions before ascending to heaven.

Because Jesus is the only path to peace with God. And the hope Peter encourages Christ-followers to readily share.

However, the Greek noun hetoimasia, also means preparation in the sense of a prepared foundation. In other words, the gospel provides a sense of peace that presents firm footing in the battle.

In either case, the gospel of peace is part of God’s protective equipment when the enemy attacks.

About Chip Tudor:

Chip Tudor is an author, blogger and professional writer. He publishes books, humorous Christian drama, and thought provoking blogs from a Christian worldview.

Organizational Problem-Solving For Get’er Done Leaders

Organizational Problem-Solving For Get’er Done Leaders

Organizational problem-solving for Get’er Done Leaders is an ongoing job requirement. Identify the problem. Figure out how to fix it. And Get’er done.

If only it was that simple. Like a DIY problem-solving repair kit. A plug and play solution generator. A fix-it Frank formula.

What I have learned in my years as a ministry and team leader in a church organization is that organizational problems and their solutions generally fall into one of these three categories.

Organizational Problem-Solving That Requires A Person

Some problems require someone with the right skill set to make a repair.

If your faucet is leaking, the skill set is plumbing. Maybe you need a professional. Maybe an experienced handyman.

Of course, not all problems are that straight forward. If the budget is out of whack, do you need an accountant, finance specialist or investment advisor to address it?

And today, IT covers such a broad spectrum you may go through several IT experts to solve your enigma. Therefore, identifying the right skill set is not always so obvious. And the biggest challenge?

Finding the right match.

It might be one of your team members, the team member from another department, a volunteer if you’re a non-profit, or an outside contractor.

Organizational Problem-Solving That Requires Technology

Innovative technology changes in a blink. Master one software package, a new one replaces it, and you’re relearning everything. A never ending process since what you buy this week is obsolete the next.

And you can grow overly enamored with technology. But the saying, “there’s an app for that,” is often, more true than naught.

So pay attention to new developments, but don’t buy the latest thing just because it’s cool and hip. Know the what and why for the technology you invest in.

As I built a church sports ministry, I decided video would be a great way to market programs to the congregation.

So I bought a DSLR camera, modestly priced editing software, and learned how to create and post videos on social media. Interest grew and participation increased. As a result, I was able to build several intramural sports leagues that engaged hundreds of people within the church and attracted new people from outside the church. I explain the entire methodology in my book How To Build A Church Intramural Sports League.

Organizational Problem-Solving That Requires A System Or Process

Technology is wonderful, but doesn’t solve every problem. It may be the cumbersome system or process you’re using. Are you still physically printing and mailing a paper newsletter? Publishing an e-newsletter will save you time and money.

Is one person responsible for a critical job assignment that takes all day to complete? Maybe a team would be more efficient and cost-effective.

Sometimes the most under used resource is your brain. And the most valuable process…thinking. Because along with working hard, a Get’er Done Leader also works smart. Regularly reviews systems and processes. And considers how to improve them.

I have a special fondness for the question–what if?

What if I tried this? Did that? Made an adjustment here? Changed it there?

Improved processes don’t always involve expensive technology. Sometimes it’s changing things around to make them better.

Hopefully as you solve organizational problems with people, technology and systems or processes, you’re doing more than fixing a problem. You’re making your organization better than it was before the problem.

About Chip Tudor:

Chip Tudor is an author, blogger and professional writer. He publishes books, humorous Christian drama, and thought provoking blogs from a Christian worldview.