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ARMOR OF GOD | Moreno Hills SDA Church Blog

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  St. Matthew 6:13

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.-Ephesians 6: 13

I need Thy presence every passing hour:
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, oh, abide with me.
-“Abide with Me”

“We must remember that we fight not with flesh and blood but against the powers of darkness and spiritual deception (Eph. 6:13). Because the deceptiveness of temptation far exceeds our strength (really, our weakness), there is great danger in underestimating its power lest we give in to temptation, are overcome by it, and so drown in perdition. Therefore, first of all we pray asking that Satan not have freedom to tempt us as much as either he would or could.  We also ask that he tempt us much only as as God permits and gives permission (Job 1: 12).  . We pray that our heavenly Father not cast us off and deliver us to the lusts, to the treasons, and to the power of this Tempter. We pray that he would remove and temper the temptation and not allow us to be tempted  past that which by his grace and gift we are able to bear (l Cor. 10:13).

Now this petition contains a general confession  for the weakness and infirmity this life in the whole Church, that is the children of God. When we pray that we may not give in to temptation nor be overcome by it, we acknowledge and confess that by own strength we are not able to resist temptations. We acknowledge that this the work of God’s grace. We acknowledge that after we have received new spiritual strength through our rebirth, God’s grace and strength directly follow.

Martin Chemnitz, as quoted on Treasury of Daily Prayer, pages 698-699, 7 September (published by Concordia Publishing House)

Triune God, Be Thou Our Stay;
O let us perish never!
Cleanse us from our sins, we pray,
And grant us life forever.
Keep us from the evil one;
Uphold our faith most holy;
Grant us to trust Thee solely
With humble hearts and lowly.
Let us put God’s armor on,
With all true Christian running
Our heav’nly race and shunning
The devil’s wiles and cunning
Amen, amen! This be done;
So sing we, Alleluia!

“Triune God, Be Thou Our Stay”, LSB 505:1

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