Truth for the Times
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:10-20
In the midst of warfare, standing is the hardest thing to do. In these 11 verses, using the art of repetition, Pastor Paul tells us to stand five different times.
It is important to know that standing in warfare promotes healthy spiritual discipline and gives no room for the enemy to advance in his destructive plans.
In preparation for the battle, we are graced with the armor of God. It is important for us to daily put on the FULL armor of God. We may not know when the enemy will strike, but we can be ready. Through prayer and preparation of our hearts, we can stand against the attacks of the Devil.
Believer, this morning, take time to prayerfully put on the full armor of God. There is a real battle going on around us in the spiritual realm. Remember that wear this armor not for a fashion show but for the fierce showdown for the Kingdom of God.
Stand well today!