by Mike Ratliff
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 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. 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. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 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. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
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 6:10-18 (NASB)
I have been in a state of mourning since the Democratic Primaries came down to only one candidate, Hillary Clinton while the Republican Primaries were taken over by Donald Trump. It soon became apparent that American voters were to have to choose between two very bad choices. The Democratic candidate was Hillary Clinton. She was a failed Secretary of State, a pathological liar, and corrupt in more ways than I can address here. The Republican candidate was Donald Trump, an egomaniac, very wealthy whose morals were very questionable. He also had no political experience whatsoever. The mourning was similar to that I experienced in 2008 when Barack Obama won the election. At that time I came to realize that his election coincided very dramatically with the drastic decline in the Christian worldview in our time and that God had taken His hand of protection away from this country. From that I deduced that judgment was coming. Continue reading