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November 1

Ephesians 6, 10-12

Something to read

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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.
New Revised Standard Version

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Something to think about

Watching a Rugby World Cup offers plenty of examples of strength. The tackling is often truly fierce. In rugby, strength matters.

Paul knew from daily experience that following Christ required strength. Strength for the fight with evil, which he discerned often, came from unseen powers, who were yet very real.

Paul knew that neither physical nor intellectual strength would ever be enough for either the individual Christian or the church, God’s people.

In standing for God’s goodness, and combating evil in whatever form it takes, Paul recognised the only strength that would keep God’s people on their feet, standing for truth and justice, was God’s own power.

Wonderfully, he knew God gives his people this strength. Nothing has changed. As we struggle with unseen forces that uphold injustice and evil, we need to rely on God’s strength, not our own.

We have to struggle using God’s wisdom, for all who seek to uphold injustice act in wily ways.

Something to do

Consider what injustice/evil you might confront today.

Something to pray

God of strength in weakness, clothe us with yourself that we might be strong to struggle against all forces that seek to stop the coming of your kingdom.

Today’s contributor is the Rt Rev Paul Butler, the Bishop of Durham, who previously served as the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.


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