This podcast covers Lesson Eight of Fully Dressed for Spiritual Battle: The Whole Armor of God on prayer. In this time of social distancing and staying at home, I discuss three ways to improve your prayer life. I also explain the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication) as a way to guide your prayers and how to pray the long version of the Lord's Prayer. You can find the podcast on iTunes or GooglePlay or click on the button at the bottom.
As I post this message in the middle of COVID-19, prayer has held me together in the midst of a lot of unknowns. A group of ladies from my Bible study started praying daily for a 14-day challenge that has extended for over a month. We originally prayed just for things related to COVID-19, but have moved into other areas. We prayed for hospital and grocery store workers, for more personal protection equipment, and for wisdom for our leaders to know how to reopen stores and the economy. I picked a country of the day for us to focus on because prayer moves beyond the boundaries of our front doors. Our prayers are not confined to our houses, but impact the whole world. The beauty of praying for so long is we have already seen answered prayers, and it binds us together in the Lord. Prayer has turned fear into faith as God moves in the world in response to our petitions. May we all grow in prayer during this time and remember God's ability to do what we cannot.
This podcast covers Lesson Seven of the Whole Armor of God Bible study on the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. God's Word is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword and cuts through the enemy's lies. His Word is powerful—it created the universe—and accomplishes what He desires for it to do. Prepare a stockpile of verses in your spiritual arsenal so you can use the truth whenever the enemy attacks. To do God’s Word, you need to know it. Read the Bible and memorize verses so you can be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live in obedience. This podcast is also found in iTunes and Google Play if you search for "Words from the Honeycomb."
This podcast covers Lesson Six of The Whole Armor of God Bible study on the helmet of salvation. Discover the importance of the helmet of salvation as you learn to guard your mind. Let the assurance of your salvation in Christ be the filter for how you feed your mind on good things so your thoughts will honor God.
We need to guard our minds because our thoughts lead to actions which form our identities. The things we feed our minds on become the truths we use as the foundation for our beliefs. If we aren't careful to take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, we can fall prey to the lies of Satan. When we consume junk food, our bodies ache; when we buy lies, we feel miserable. Instead, we must intentionally think good things so our lives bring light and not darkness.
As Christians, we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. His death that took the wrath of God for our sins, burial, and resurrection, is what saves us. We are not saved by any righteous acts we have done, only by the blood of Jesus. When as believers we rest in Christ to save us, we can be secure enough to not fear the future. We are complete in Christ. His salvation is enough for us to have an abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven with Him.
The helmets on the firemen protect their heads as they fight to save people caught in fires. Isaiah 59:17 indicates that God Himself put on a helmet of salvation when setting out to save His people. He went knowing He could save us. We too can wear the helmet of salvation with confidence.
A few ways to intentionally feed your mind on truth are by memorizing Scripture, reading God's Word, writing lists of things we are thankful for, and singing praise music. These keep our minds set on things above that are praiseworthy instead of sinking into complaining and gossiping. I pray we use the helmet of salvation to guard our minds and live from the foundation of our salvation in Christ.
This podcast covers Lesson Five of The Whole Armor of God Bible study. It discusses how God uses our faith as a shield to protect us. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV) We hold onto faith in God keeping His promises when all we see is hardship.
I love this photo above of the police holding smaller and larger shields for protection. The bigger our faith in God, the bigger our shield. When we make God big, His presence before us is larger and shields more of us. For we walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7, NKJV) When we focus on our circumstances, our faith shrinks, and our shields grow smaller. Personally, I know I need the biggest shield possible to block the fiery darts of the enemy.
Our faith in God is solid because He keeps His promises. The same way our bodies atrophy if we don't exercise, faith atrophies if we don't use it. We grow our faith by finding verses to apply in our struggles. I challenge you to read through God's Word and discover Scriptures that address your needs. Memorize them so they are part of your arsenal to build to your shield of faith. If you lack faith, ask God for more, and look for ways He is shielding you in your storm.
This podcast covers Lesson Four of The Whole Armor of God Bible study on having our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. It discusses how we can have beautiful feet by sharing the gospel. It defines the good news of the gospel as being Jesus' completed work of reconciling us back to God through His death, burial, and resurrection. We need to know what we believe and why, and always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is in us.
In line with preparing our feet, look at the soccer cleats in this photo. Those are probably the best modern-day example of what the Roman soldiers wore as sandals with cleats to help them stand fast in battle. We need to be rooted in the Word to help us remain steady in spiritual battles. Also, this is a great picture because you see the athlete advancing down the field. We are not only to stand strong, but to advance the truth of the gospel wherever our feet take us.
I pray you will diligently seek to know the gospel and clearly articulate the good news so you can share it with your neighbors and the nations as ministers of reconciliation.
Here is the link for the podcasts. This episode is WFTH 004. You can also find it on iTunes and Google Play. Thanks and God bless!
This podcast covers Lesson Three of the Whole Armor of God Bible study on the breastplate of righteousness. It discusses how a breastplate guards our hearts and chests cavities, which contain our vital organs. We need God's righteousness to protect us because it keeps the core of our identities clean and pure.
One key verse for this study is Proverbs 4:23 "Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life." (NKJV) Other key verses can be found in the Bible study itself.
May God bless you as you listen to this episode and help you learn how to put on the breastplate of righteousness and guard your heart with the righteousness of Christ.
Here is the link for the podcasts. This episode is WFTH 003. You can also find it on iTunes. Thanks and God bless!
This podcast covers Lesson Two of the Whole Armor of God Bible study on the belt of truth. It discusses how God's truth holds everything together because it never changes. The more we know the truths of God's Word, the better we can apply them in our lives with the help of the Holy Spirit. A few key Scripture references are John 14:6 and Psalm 119:160. The rest are found in the Bible study that will be published in God's timing. I hope to complete the podcasts before the study is published so they will be ready for groups to use.
May the Lord use this lesson on the belt of truth to get you deeper into God's Word so you better know the Truth - Jesus - who sets you free.
This podcast discusses Lesson One of "The Whole Armor of God" Bible study on spiritual warfare. This lesson covers an overview of spiritual warfare, lists several types of spiritual weapons, and explains how to use them. Most of the scriptures referenced are included in the Bible study, which will be published soon.
For those who know me, you know how exciting it is that God is helping me podcast. When the ladies in my Bible study agreed to be the test case last year, they encouraged me to podcast to supplement the lessons. They said the lessons were great, but what I said enhanced the learning experience because as the author, I knew the points I wanted to emphasize. Honestly, I disregarded them at first, thinking they were either flattering me or trying to make my life difficult since I am not technically savvy. One night we had a guest, and when I mentioned podcasting, she agreed heartily. Hearing it from someone outside my normal circle of friends let me know God wanted me to pursue podcasting.
Fast forward ten months, and my first podcast is ready. It has been a battle mentally and technologically, but it adds to the beauty because I know it was God and not me that got this done. Praise the Lord for His great grace towards me. I pray this blesses you, and that God speaks to you as the listener to understand spiritual warfare and how to fight.
Joanna Eccles has led Bible studies for over ten years and completed the year-long C. S. Lewis Fellows Program. She is passionate about discipleship and helping people know God better. Joanna enjoys coffee, traveling, and reading, and currently lives in Virginia.