I reluctantly set this text (Ephesians 6:10-20) to music. It’s a text that I’ve never really gotten into until I had to set it for a project. It’s all about getting dressed for spiritual warfare by putting on the armor of God. I feel like I have sat through dozens of tedious sermons on this text that are more like a commercial for the Army or the NFL than a journey into Scripture. But I set it anyway, and somewhere along the way the text hit me on a more personal level.

Then the song worked its way into a new piece Emily and I are writing about Esther. It’s a one-person vamp on Esther’s dangerous request of her husband the king. “Don’t be Afraid” sits very well in this show so the text has also worked it’s way into my heart. I suppose it’s a good illustration of the benefits of the Bible Confrontatie project…the benefits of using your talents to confront something you are interested in (or sick of).

Listen/Download : Don’t Be Afraid

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Don't be afraid, sheep.

Lyrics:
Don’t be Afraid, you’ve got armor
so you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes
Be strong in the Lord

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood
but against the rulers, the authorities
the powers of this dark world
on the forces of evil, the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms

Don’t be Afraid.

Don’t be afraid, you’ve got armor
so when the day of evil comes you’ll take your stand
firm on the ground with your feet fitted with the gospel of peace

Take the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God
the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
breastplate of righteousness, take up, the sword of spirit
the shield of faith to put out the arrows of the evil one

Don’t be Afraid.

Pray,
Pray, in the Spirit
to all the Saints

And pray for me, whenever I open my mouth
words may be given to me that I make known
the mystery of faith for which I’m an ambassador in chains

Pray that I may be fearless
I am fearless
we are fearless
we are fearless

Don’t be Afraid.

Ephesians 6:10-20
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For 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. 13Therefore 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. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

19Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

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