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  1. When I changed employment in another state, my new doctor wanted to redo my anxiety med from Xanax. Zoloft didn't work for me. Buspar was the worst giving me extreme vertigo. I've also used (Diazepam and others) all under doctor's care. Diazapam works, but is way too strong for me and affected my balance. Eventually, I found a doctor who put me back on Xanax. I've been on low dose Xanax since 1986. It helps me control the side effects from my epilepsy medicine besides treating my anxiety.
  2. MLB might as well start engraving the 2019 World Series Cup for the St. Louis Cardinals. I wonder who they'll will defeat in the World Series?
  3. Ephesians 6:13 - Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:14 - Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, Ephesians 6:15 - and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; Ephesians 6:16 - in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:17 - And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:18 - With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, Ephesians 6:19 - and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, Ephesians 6:20 - for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. [NASB] Prayer isn't mentioned until Ephesians 6:18 as Paul closes off preparation all of us should take against our unseen enemy. I believe Michael37 had a good reply back on March 8. All depends on Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Thank you all for indulging me this shallow dive into Ephesians 6:10-20 and thank you all for your inputs.
  4. Ephesians 2:2 illustrates what you're saying perfectly. But in verses Ephesians 6:10 to 20 Paul is specifically referring to the unseen realm, instead of repeating the same message as Ephesians 2. At least that's the way I understand it. The full armor of of God works in both the seen and unseen realm. Not specifically touched on here is the essential power of prayer. What power we use last, should be used first. And when our prayers are answered, we MUST NOT forget to give proper, heartfelt thanks to God and His angels. I have to quit now, my hands are shaking too much. It's been a pleasure to talking to you and the other posters. (To be continnued)
  5. Sam was our first dog, a Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie). Before he was one, we got Jessie (Pomeranian), our second dog. Jessie respected Sam as her big brother and followed him around our big yard. Being a male, Sam like to "mark" his territory. At that time, we had a big elm tree in the middle of the yard. Sam went up to the tree and lifted his leg to do his thing. Jessie followed him and wanted to see what he was doing. Unfortunately, she got a face full of what he was doing. She shook it off and the two remained good buddies.
  6. Ephesians 6:12 - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. [NASB] Just a casual reading of this verse, one comes away with the Biblical truth that the rulers, powers, world forces of darkness, and spiritual forces of darkness in heavenly places are what Paul is writing about here. Paul is NOT talking about earthly rulers. Paul is describing the unseen realm. How do we fight against this realm is what Paul outlines in the following verses. Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle - Greek, “The wrestling to us;” or, “There is not to us a wrestling with flesh and blood.” There is undoubtedly here an allusion to the ancient games of Greece, a part of the exercises in which consisted in wrestling; see the notes on 1 Corinthians 9:25-27. The Greek word used here - πάλη palē - denotes a “wrestling;” and then a struggle, fight, combat. Here it refers to the struggle or combat which the Christian has to maintain - the Christian warfare. Not against flesh and blood - Not with people; see the notes on Galatians 1:16. The apostle does not mean to say that Christians had no enemies among men that opposed them, for they were exposed often to fiery persecution; nor that they had nothing to contend with in the carnal and corrupt propensities of their nature, which was true of them then as it is now; but that their main controversy was with the invisible spirits of wickedness that sought to destroy them. They were the source and origin of all their spiritual conflicts, and with them the warfare was to be maintained. But against principalities - There can be no doubt whatever that the apostle alludes here to evil spirits. Like good angels, they were regarded as divided into ranks and orders, and were supposed to be under the control of one mighty leader; see the notes on Ephesians 1:21. It is probable that the allusion here is to the ranks and orders which they sustained before their fall, something like which they may still retain. The word “principalities” refers to principal rulers, or chieftains. Powers - Those who had power, or to whom the name of “powers” was given. Milton represents Satan as addressing the fallen angels in similar language: “Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers.” Against the rulers of the darkness of this world - The rulers that preside over the regions of ignorance and sin with which the earth abounds, compare notes on Ephesians 2:2. “Darkness” is an emblem of ignorance, misery, and sin; and no description could be more accurate than that of representing these malignant spirits as ruling over a dark world. The earth - dark, and wretched and ignorant, and sinful - is just such a dominion as they would choose, or as they would cause; and the degradation and woe of the pagan world are just such as foul and malignant spirits would delight in. It is a wide and a powerful empire. It has been consolidated by ages. It is sustained by all the authority of law; by all the omnipotence of the perverted religious principle; by all the reverence for antiquity; by all the power of selfish, corrupt, and base passions. No empire has been so extended, or has continued so long, as that empire of darkness; and nothing on earth is so difficult to destroy. Yet the apostle says that it was on that kingdom they were to make war. Against that, the kingdom of the Redeemer was to be set up; and that was to be overcome by the spiritual weapons which he specifies. When he speaks of the Christian warfare here, he refers to the contest with the powers of this dark kingdom. He regards each and every Christian as a soldier to wage war on it in whatever way he could, and wherever he could attack it. The contest therefore was not primarily with people, or with the internal corrupt propensities of the soul; it was with this vast and dark kingdom that had been set up over mankind. I do not regard this passage, therefore, as having a primary reference to the struggle which a Christian maintains with his own corrupt propensities. It is a warfare on a large scale with the entire kingdom of darkness over the world. Yet in maintaining the warfare, the struggle will be with such portions of that kingdom as we come in contact with and will actually relate: (1) To our own sinful propensities - which are a part of the kingdom of darkness; (2) With the evil passions of others - their pride, ambition, and spirit of revenge - which are also a part of that kingdom; (3) With the evil customs, laws, opinions, employments, pleasures of the world - which are also a part of that dark kingdom; (4) With error, superstition, false doctrine - which are also a part of that kingdom; and, (5) With the wickedness of the pagan world - the sins of benighted nations - also a part of that kingdom. Wherever we come in contact with evil - whether in our own hearts or elsewhere - there we are to make war. Against spiritual wickedness - Margin, “or wicked spirits.” Literally, “The spiritual things of wickedness;” but the allusion is undoubtedly to evil spirits, and to their influences on earth. In high places - ἐν τοῖς ἐπουράνιοις - “in celestial or heavenly places.” The same phrase occurs in Ephesians 1:3; Ephesians 2:6, where it is translated, “in heavenly places.” The word (ἐπουράνιος epouranios) is used of those that dwell in heaven, Matthew 18:35; Philippians 2:10; of those who come from heaven, 1 Corinthians 15:48; Philippians 3:21; of the heavenly bodies, the sun, moon, and stars, 1 Corinthians 15:40. Then the neuter plural of the word is used to denote the heavens; and then the “lower” heavens, the sky, the air, represented as the seat of evil spirits; see the notes on Ephesians 2:2. This is the allusion here. The evil spirits are supposed to occupy the lofty regions of the air, and thence to exert a baleful influence on the affairs of man. What was the origin of this opinion it is not needful here to inquire. No one can “prove,” however, that it is incorrect. It is against such spirits, and all their malignant influences, that Christians are called to contend. In whatever way their power is put forth - whether in the prevalence of vice and error; of superstition and magic arts; of infidelity, atheism, or antinomianism; of evil customs and laws; of pernicious fashions and opinions, or in the corruptions of our own hearts, we are to make war on all these forms of evil, and never to yield in the conflict.
  7. I'll continue with the next verse shortly. I'm a bit under the weather physically and mentally at the moment.
  8. Absolutely right. I can only speak for myself, but at times, prayer and petition to God are a last result when He should be our first. It would certainly make my life easier.
  9. Question: What's your basis for the 7 categories of combat? I think the categories may be overlapping or redundant. Question: What's do you think a principality is?
  10. Maybe it's just me, but I think he missed the mark by not seeing our battle the way verse 12 describes it. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. It's a spiritual battle against spiritual forces. Some commentaries gloss over that point. I had about 50 commentaries to choose from before choosing Gill. The Believers Bible Commentary is also good. If I am reading the Bible instead of studying it and meditating on the text, I've been known to miss an important truth that the Holy.Spirit wants me to know. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will stop me from proceeding. I know when to listen. That's why I'm digging into this passage. I appreciate you and Michael's additions to this thread. Who knows, it may help someone else too.
  11. The great thing about e-Sword and other bible software are how many resources are available. Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible was actually the first "commentary" I read through regarding this passage. I also read through Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary; the Believers Bible Commentary; John Gill's Exposition of the Bible; and others. For the second part (Ephesians 6:12b), I'll use the Believers Bible Commentary. I found Adam Clarke's Commentary of the Bible on these verses to miss the mark. He mistakenly relies on the work of Schoettgen which I believe misleads him to disregard the statement "That our struggle is not against flesh and blood". Albert Barnes, the Believers Bible Commentary and John Gill align more with my thinking.
  12. Ephesians 6:12a - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, - The Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, and some copies, read "you", instead of "we". This is a reason why saints should be strong in the Lord, and why they should put on the whole armor of God, and prepare for battle, since their enemies are such as here described: not "flesh and blood"; frail mortal men, such as were wrestled against in the Olympic games, to which the apostle alludes. For this wrestling, as Philo says concerning Jacob's wrestling, is not of the body, but of the soul; [Mat 16:17 - And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.]; and the meaning is, not with men only, for otherwise the saints have a conflict with men; with profane men, and wrestle against them, by bearing a testimony against their enormities, and by patiently enduring their reproaches, and conquer them by a constant adherence to Christ, and an exercise of faith upon him, which gets the victory over the world; and with heretical men, and maintain a conflict with them, by watching and observing the first appearance of their errors and heresies, and declaring against them, and by using Scripture arguments to confute them, and by rejecting the stubborn and incorrigible from church communion: yet they wrestle not against these only, [adapted from John Gill's Exposition of the Bible] So our struggle is against the unseen spiritual forces, not flesh and blood. This is obvious.
  13. Ephesians 6:10-6:11 seem pretty straight forward. Rely upon the Lord and His strength. By doing so, we will be able to stand up to schemes of Satan. The next verse, Ephesians 6:12, deserves an in depth study.
  14. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!! ☺️
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