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Ephesians chapter 6 describes the armour of God which will help us to stand in the day of temptation. Therefore take up the whole armour of God that you may be able to withstand on the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm, having fastened on the belt of truth, and put on the breastplate of righteousness, and feet shod with the readiness of the gospel of peace.

In all circumstances, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one, and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the spirit with all prayer and supplication. "In every respect he (Jesus) was tempted as we are yet without sin" (Heb 4:15). Jesus was dressed in the whole armour of God. We can see how this enabled him to resist temptations, such as in the wilderness (Matt). Jesus was tempted three times in the wilderness; firstly to turn stones to bread, then to throw himself down from the top of the temple and, finally, to take the kingdom by force.

Each time Jesus quoted a passage of scripture; he used the sword of the spirit to resist temptation. Throughout his life Jesus used the armour of God to overcome temptation. In Luke 22 we read about the agony he was in when preparing to offer his life for us. His response to that agony was to "pray more earnestly" and to encourage the disciples to do the same. "Pray, lest ye enter into temptation" (Luke 22:46).

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Bro Samuel Onyango (Mayuge, Uganda)

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