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  • 1. Life is a battle. “To live is to do battle under many different flags.” —Frederick Buechner
  • 2. MOMwe had
  • 3. Two Battles Two ArmorsEPHESIANS 6:10-18
  • 4. EPHESIANS 6 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 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.
  • 5. Two battles The Firstfor our place in the sun
  • 6. To get ahead To win To gain or regain power To survive FLESH AGAINST FLESH
  • 7. BELTWorldly Wisdom BREAST PLATESelf-confidence SHOESGospel of Success SHIELDTangible Security HELMETAttractiveness SWORDSavvy & Wit
  • 8. Two battles The Secondto become more fully human
  • 9. EPHESIANS 6 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
  • 10. DARKNESS WITHIN OURSELVESTo become whole and at peace To choose to forgive and to fight for the good of others To free ourselves from the darkness that lurks in us all
  • 11. BELTTruth of Christ & Cross BREAST PLATERighteous Love in Action SHOESActivist-Peacemaker SHIELDFaithful Obedience HELMETCertain Salvation SWORDGod’s Eternal Word
  • 12. Her mother never equipped her to fight either battle, so Mom grew up struggling to find her place in the sun and fighting to find her true humanity. Mother’s Day 2010 It’s hard to gain a good chunk of the world without losing your soul in the process.
  • 13. EPHESIANS 6 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. “In the great war of liberation, it is imperative to keep in touch always with the only one who can liberate. We must speak to Him however hard it may be in the thick of the fight, however irrelevant it may sometimes seem, however dried up and without faith we feel.” —Frederick Buechner The Magnificent Defeat (42)
  • 14. S U R R E N D E R MATTHEW 1128 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”