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.Ephesians 6:13(NASB)
Many of the battles in Old Testament times were fought with spears and swords in the physical realm.. but New Testament believers are called upon to fight battles in the spiritual sphere.. for we do not wrestle against physical enemies of flesh and blood. Our enemy is in the spiritual plane.
We are at war with an evil, spiritual enemy, where the invisible rulers of this dark world and spiritual wickedness in high places are hell-bent on ruining the lives of multitudes.. and shipwrecking the testimony of Christians, in defiance of God Almighty.
And so having been given an assurance of our position in Christ, and the resurrection power we have in Him, by faith.. Paul calls upon us to take up the full armour of God, so that we are equipped to resist the satanic plans and purposes of the enemy in the evil day, and to stand firm in a world that is spiraling out of control.
There are many components of the Christian's spiritual armoury.. and on closer inspection we discover that each piece is directly linked with our position in Christ. He is the Way and He is Truth. He is our Righteousness and in Him we have Peace with God and the Peace of God in our hearts. He is our Salvation and by Faith in Him we have the indwelling Spirit of God - giving us access, through Prayer to the throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need.
He is the living, eternal Word of God made flesh.. and by grace we have been given the God-breathed, inerrant, written Word of God. Every single component of our spiritual armour is vital, if we are to stand fast against the wiles of the enemy and hold fast in this evil day. Every piece of armour is required at all times if we are to be triumphant - for it is only as we abide in Christ and He in us, that we are assured a victory.
We are called upon to take-up our weapons of warfare and to put-on the full armour of God, which is another way of saying - clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul is calling believers to be put on Christ, to abide in Christ and to rest in Him - as He abides in us.
Nowhere are we called upon to stamp on the enemy's head or rebuke Satan as many like to teach. However we are called upon in Scripture to resist and repel the enemy. Peter tells us to: resist the devil and he will flee from you - and here we are instructed to: resist in the evil day, so that having done all.. we will remain standing.
We are not to compromise with the ways of the world... nor are we to be deceived by the darkness of our fallen age. We are called to resist in the evil day and are instructed to clothe ourselves with Christ, so that we may be able to stand firm on the truth of the Word of God, as we pray in spirit and truth, with all-prayer and supplication - and as we patiently intercede for all the saints of God.
May we be faithful to fulfil the privileged position we have as a member of Christ's spiritual army, and may we never seek to come against the enemy in the power of our own flesh or prideful self,.. but rather may we take up our heavenly armour, as we pray in the spirit and remain covered in Christ - in Whose name we stand.
Heavenly Father, I pray that I may take up the full armour of God and resist all the works of the enemy in this evil day in which we live. I pray that I may walk in spirit and truth and being clothed in Christ's own righteousness. May I receive the power from above to stand fast in this evil day and to resist the principalities and powers - to Your praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.
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