Strategy #1 (armor up) ~ “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness [His righteousness], and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace [offering to others the peace you have]; above all, taking the shield of faith [trust in God alone] with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation [protect your thinking], and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God [How well do you know the Word of God?]” (Ephesians 6:14-17). Armor is useless unless you put it on, so armor up for the war you are in.
Strategy #2 (pray in the Spirit) ~ “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18a). We are to pray always—but always in the Spirit. Prayer is the battle cry of the Christian.
Strategy #3 (understand your orders) ~ “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17).
Strategy #4 (be controlled by the Spirit of God) ~ “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled [literally controlled by] with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
Strategy #5 (be grateful) ~ “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
Strategy #6 (reverence God) ~ Submitting to one another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21).
Strategy #7 (fellowship) ~ “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, … submitting to one another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:19, 21).
The Bottom Line Strategy (behave intelligently) ~ “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
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