We are called to be gentle, but being gentle is not being weak. We are called to be clear, transparent, but that is not an excuse for gossip. We are called to peace, but we are fighting in a spiritual war. As the end of time comes closer, the choices we make are becoming clearer and much that we had confidence in is shown to be broken.
We should not walk into such a battle without protection and without mental and spiritual weapons. For we are not building Jerusalem here. We are of the new Jerusalem, and the established powers hate us for that.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
I need to pray, we need to be in the word. We need to sing.
I love this worship track. Fair warning, it is long.