Summary: Ephesians 6:16 says take up your shield of faith. We must protect ourselves from the things of this world and the only way we can do that is by taking up our shield of Faith.

Protect yourself from the world

Introduction: Ephesians 6:16

You have to protect yourself from the world,

There are Things that will make you mad at people:

People do rude things

Talk to you crazy

Try to get over on you

Disrespect you

There are things that make you get mad at family:

Take you for granted

Try to use you

Lash out at you

There are things that make you mad at government:

We have police killing people

People killing police

Good police scared to pull law breakers over

Bad police are scaring good people and causing them to react and act abnormally

Teachers dating students

Children cussing out adults

Children dressing like adults

Interest rates are higher than ever before

The people that need help get taken advantage of

People taking advantage of the government

Government taking advantage of the people

Cancer and automobile accidents are taking friends and family members out.

And if you are not careful you will get mad at God for letting it happen.

Now you are mad at everybody around you and you can't trust God because you don't know what tomorrow will bring. You have to protect yourself from the world.

And don't claim to be a Christian. You can wear a shirt with cuss words on it and nobody will say anything but if you wear a shirt that says Jesus Christ you are out of dress code, and people are try to get you to take it off.

I want to address something here. The first amendment has been misinterpreted,

The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

In its original context, this passage meant that the U.S. would not have an official “state Church” like England. The English government officially supported the Church of England, using taxes to support Anglicanism. The founding fathers, who promoted the Revolutionary War, did not want the same kind of church.This is the extent of this passage from the First Amendment. There is nowhere in the Constitution that forbids individuals from mixing faith and politics or from sharing their faith in a state-related function or location.Witnessing at work Title 6 Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides general rules for all private workplaces employing fifteen or more people. It stipulates that a company that allows employees to engage in non-work related conversations, such as those about politics, family, sports or other such topics, may not prohibit voluntary religious discussions between employees either. The water cooler and employee lunchroom are a type of public forum where citizens share ideas and interact at a variety of levels. In informal settings, such as break rooms or hallways, and at times when workers voluntarily interact about non-work issues, employees may discuss their religious views or voluntarily pray together. The same rules apply as would to any other private conversation.Other employees may not stop religious exchanges simply because they overhear a religious conversation. For example, at a large retail store in Indiana, an employee and several coworkers met informally and as privately as possible each day for a brief word of prayer before clocking in for work. They asked God to bless their supervisors and colleagues and prayed for other needs. One day, company management asked the group to stop because another employee had been offended when she saw them quietly praying. The employee contacted Christian attorneys who informed store management that another worker's offense at this quiet religious activity did not justify prohibiting it. If the workers had been discussing the previous night's TV programming, no question would have been raised.However Your discussing the things of God must not interfere with your work. Many people have been fired for performance issues but not about God conversation. because that is against the law. So if you want to be a good witness at work you must first take care of business in the work place.

Ephesians 6:11-16 NIV

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 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. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

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