1. Be “clothed with the true word”.
2. “Put on the breastplate of righteousness”.
3. “Be ready with the good news of peace as shoes on your feet”.
4. Use “faith as a cover to keep off all the flaming arrows of the Evil One.”
5. “Take salvation for your head-dress”.
6. Have “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”.
7. Pray, “making requests at all times in the Spirit, and keeping watch, with strong purpose, in prayer for all the saints”.
Make no mistake about it. The Devil is a mad bull raging to destroy your birthright to a healthy, happy and wholesome life. On the other hand, Jesus Christ came to Earth to heal and restore man’s brokenness. Expounding on His mission, He declared: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me . . . to make well those who are broken-hearted; . . .” Luke 4: 18, 19.
The radical basis of human relationships. My 10th grade English and Literature teacher once said that there are three basic ways in which justice is meted out in society: savage, Mosaic and Christian. Savage justice is death for stealing a G-string. Mosaic is “an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth.” Christian justice is focused on rehabilitation and restoration of the offending individual.
At one time when I recalled this idea, it dawned on me that there are three ways by which human beings base their relationship with one another – savage, Mosaic and Christian. Savage – acceptance by blood and birth; Mosaic — reciprocity necessitated by common needs; and Christian – “as I [Christ] have treated you.”
Here are a few applications of Christianity’s “treat others as I have treated you” motif (See Ephesians 5, 6):
“Husbands, have love for your wives, even as Christ had love for the church, and gave himself for it.”
“Wives, be under the authority of your husbands, as of the Lord.”
“Fathers, do not make your children angry: but give them training in the teaching and fear of the Lord.”
“Children, do what is ordered by your fathers and mothers in the Lord: for this is right.”
“Servants, do what is ordered by those who are your natural masters, having respect and fear for them, with all your heart, as to Christ.”