Touching Base 20

We are still talking about the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives. What are you learning and what difference is it making in your life?

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Empowered by Christ Lesson 7: The Holy Spirit’s Power to Overcome Evil
Introduction to a New Devotional Series: Sermon on the Mount
Humility
Finding Comfort
God’s Mercy
God’s Presence

Reflection

The lesson this week on overcoming evil focused on a passage of scripture that describes God’s protection against Satan’s attacks:

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:10-17)

The belt of truth

The body armor of God’s righteousness

The shoes of peace

The shield of faith

The helmet of salvation

The sword of the Spirit which is the word of God

At this time in your life, which piece of armor is most important to you? How can you use it most effectively?

Can you imagine scenarios in your life when other pieces of armor would be critical for you?

How do you most often deal with temptation and evil in your life?

What changes do you need to make in your life so that the armor of God is your first plan for dealing with Satan’s schemes?

This week marks the beginning of another new devotional series. What did you learn this week about and from the Sermon on the Mount?

In “Finding Comfort,” Beth Yoe quoted Oswald Chambers:

“The teachings of Jesus are all out of proportion when compared to our natural way of looking at things, and they come to us initially with astonishing discomfort. We gradually have to conform our walk and conversation to the precepts of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit applies them to our circumstances. The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations–it is a picture of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is having His unhindered way with us.”

What would your life look like if the Holy Spirit was “having His unhindered way” with you?

Of the four devotionals you read this week based on the Sermon on the Mount, which one challenged you most? Which one was most comforting? Which one was most encouraging?

What is God teaching you about yourself and your relationship with Him?

Go a Step Beyond

Here’s this week’s recommendation for an on-line video featuring Francis Chan talking about humility.
Jesus, More Than a Savior @

http://jesusonline.com/svideo-jesus-more-than-a-savior-francis-chan/

Write It on Your Heart

Take a few minutes to memorize these verses:

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17)