We are living in an hour where we are witnessing unprecedented civil unrest and violence in our nation. We must take hold of the armor of God like never before. One of the Church’s greatest weapons is perhaps the most underused. In Ephesians 6:15, Paul writes to the Church of Ephesus that it is to arm itself by shodding its feet with the “Gospel of Peace.” Friends, the Gospel truly cannot be underestimated. To combat the spiritual and natural forces that are fueling racism, fear and violence, communications within the body of Christ must spring from a place of peace. Our words, conversations and messaging should present a Gospel that is moved to action, offensive in nature, attacking the white noise of passivity and silence with proclamations of peace. We must show empathy, compassion and love, while equally demonstrating an unwavering courage for righteousness, truth and justice in this hour.
Scripture: “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:14-15, NIV).
Prayer: O Father, cleanse my speech and thoughts. I confess that I have held critical thoughts and conversations that were not plumb lined with Your Gospel. Father, I have contributed to the lawless condition of our nation. Father, we ask that you send the rains of Your Spirit that bring a cleansing and conviction to Your Church and to this nation. Your Word declares, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matt. 5:9, ESV). God, release Your sons in this hour, your “peacemakers.”
Darrian Summerville, Director of [M]Watch