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Be Strong: The Armor of God
The Spiritual Battle, Part 1

Episode 15 | April 8, 2024
Lisa Brenninkmeyer and Laura Phelps

Join us for episode 15, in our brand new eight-week series, Be Strong: The Armor of God. Lisa and Laura will be diving into Ephesians 6:10–18, awakening us to the invisible battle that rages, while encouraging us to reach for the weapons that keep us strong and steady in any circumstance. If you’re tired of feeling depleted and defeated, this series is for you. Open to Ephesians and grab a notebook and pen, because you are going to want to write every word down. Then, stand strong, as you open your heart, open your Bible, and invite Him in.

Open your Heart to our key Scripture.
2 Corinthians 10:3–5: For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

Open your Bible to other Scriptures referenced in this episode.
Ephesians 6:10–18
Isaiah 14:12–15: How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the Pit.
Ezekiel 28:1119
Matthew 4:3: And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”
Matthew 12:24: But when the Pharisees heard it they said, “It is only by Be-el’zebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.”
2 Corinthians 4:4: In their case the god of this world has blinded the mind of the unbelievers.
1 John 5:18: We know that anyone born of God does not sin, but He was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.
1 Peter 5:8: Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
John 8:44: He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth.

Invite Him in with this episode’s questions for reflection.
We mentioned three lies that the enemy loves to whisper to mess with our minds:

I am alone.
I am unlovable.
I am powerless and hopeless. 

Do you find that any of these lies take up space in your head? Or is it a different lie?

Write the lie in your journal, then take some time to journal the truth you know about God. 

Show mentions.
Priscilla Shirer, “Sizing Up the Enemy”
CCC 2851: In this petition, evil is not an abstraction, but refers to a person, Satan, the Evil One, the angel who opposes God. The devil is the one who “throws himself across” God’s plan and his work of salvation accomplished in Christ.
Laura Phelps, Victorious Secret: Everyday Battles and How to Win Them
Richard F. Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life
J.I. Packer, Quote.
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