Wear God's armor

Children, obey your parents; this is the right thing to do because God has placed them in authority over you.  2  Honor your father and mother.  This is the first of God's Ten Commandments that ends with a promise.  3 And this is the promise: that if you honor your father and mother, your will be a long life, full of blessing.

   4  And now a word to your parents.  Don't keep on scolding and nagging your children, making them angry and resentful.  Rather bring them up with the loving discipline the Lord himself approves, with suggestions and goldly advice.

   5 Slaves obey your masters; be eager to give them your very best.  Serve them as you would Christ.  6,7 Don't work hard only when your master is watching and them shirk when he isn't looking; work hard and with gladness all the time, as though working for Christ, doing the will of God with all your hearts.  8 Remember, the Lord will pay you for each good thing you do whether you are slave or free.

    9  And you slave owners must treat your slaves right, just as I have told them to treat you.  Don't keep threatening them; remember, you yourselves are slaves to Christ; you have the same Master they do, and he has no favorites.

    10 Last of all I want to remind you that your strength must come from the Lord's mighty power within you.  11 Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand safe against all strategies and tricks of Satan.  12  For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood but against persons without bodies__ the evil rulers of the unseen world those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.

    13  So use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up.

    14  But to do this, you will need the strong belt of truth and the breastplate of God's approval.  15  Wear shoes that are able to speed you on as you preach the Good News of peace with God.  16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stoop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.  17 And you will need the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit__wchich is the Word of God.

    18 Pray all the time.  Ask God for anything in line with the Holy Spirity's wishes.  Plead with him, reminding him of your needs, and keep praying earnestly for all Chirstians everywhere.