Sunday, June 10, 2012
Welcome to Day 161 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Song of Songs 1; Song of Songs 2; Song of Songs 3; Song of Songs 4; Ephesians 6 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Song of Songs is also known as Song of Solomon…
Song of Songs 1-4
“Your neck is like the tower of David, built with courses of stone; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors.”
Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood… 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to
stand your ground,
and after you have done everything,
to stand. 14
Stand firm then…”
I managed to find a verse with some teeth to it in Song of Songs. (Sorry, I’m a guy and Song of Songs is pretty flowery…) Goes nicely with the verses in Ephesians 6.
A couple of years ago, when I was overseeing our Establishing Families ministry at church, we were having a team meeting, giving words to each other. Marcia Zecchini (if you’re reading this, “Hi Marcia!) gave this verse to me. “Your neck is like the tower of David, built with courses of stone; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors.”
She talked about my strength, then made a statement, something like this… “I’m glad I can hang my shield on you.”
I have to tell you it was one of the most meaningful words I have ever gotten. As I read that verse today, the word she gave me washed over me as though she was giving it to me all over again.
It was so affirming. It spoke of her trust in me as a leader. And that’s huge.
I have held on to those verses in Ephesians for years…
I think that simple statement gets overlooked amidst the instruction to “take up the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, the helmet of salvation…”
I know people who love doing battle. (Spiritually, that is.)
I’m not looking for a fight. I love the imagery of standing firm. Holding your ground. Not letting anything get past me.
v 18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying.”
When we stand, it is not inactivity. It is an active waiting. “Be alert.” Be watchful. Extinguish those darts with the shield of faith! 2 Corinthians 10:4 states, “Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” Paul wrote both passages.
I often think that people give the devil way too much credit. He is not omnipotent, omniscient, or omni-present! He does have a lot of help, but he does not have that much power.
In fact, James 4:7 simply says, “resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
No big deal.
And pray. Be alert and always keep on praying. Don’t go looking for a fight. Stand firm!
I pray that I would know your strategies of doing battle, Lord…