Stand Your Ground
We all have different things that we fight. I seem to be constantly doing battle with my weight. Some people battle high blood pressure and others diabetes. Some are battling their bosses and some are battling their co-workers.
One battle all Christians constantly fight is the fight with the enemy of God and therefore, our enemy too. He does all he can to distract us from doing God’s will and glorifying Him. He uses many different tactics, doesn’t he? Ephesians 6 tells us to do one main thing: Stand your ground!
Today, we are continuing in Ephesians 6. We are getting deeper into the armor of God and spiritual warfare.
Ephesians 6:13 of Verses 10-18 NIV
“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.”
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The parts of the armor sound pretty much like any soldier of that time would have had so it makes sense that Paul would use this analogy to teach us about doing battle with the enemy of our souls.
Today we will focus on Verse 13 and then we will talk about each individual piece of armor over the next couple of days.
Let’s look at Verse 13 now:
This time, therefore, is referring to Verses 10-12. Which we talked about last time. Paul introduces the idea of the full armor of God in these verses and tells us a few things about this enemy.
“…put on the full armor of God…”
So God has provided a way for us to protect ourselves and fight this enemy.
“…so that when the day of evil comes…”
…the time to do battle with this enemy of God.
“…you may be able to stand your ground…”
The battlefield is my mind and your mind most of the time. On a physical battlefield in a physical battle, the soldiers are attempting to stand firm because however far back they get pushed, the enemy takes possession of that ground. If they retreat, the enemy gets the whole area they were fighting over. So thinking about your mind in that context, you can see that you do not want to give him ground. This may look like letting discouragement take over your thinking or me succumbing to deep depression.
“…and after you have done everything…”
So, after we have done all we have been instructed in God’s Word to do in battle…
Success! To stand – and not give the enemy any ground. How would this look? Like not succumbing to deep depression but putting my hope in God. And, not allowing discouragement to take over your thinking because God’s Word says He is bigger than whatever is overwhelming you. It is saying “No!” to temptation and going the other way.
By the Holy Spirit’s Power
Battling and standing are powered by the Holy Spirit. We will talk more tomorrow about the Sword of the Spirit – God’s Word. It is the tool God has given us to do battle with. It is our weapon of offense. We must learn to wield it well – once again showing us the huge importance of knowing God’s Word and hiding it in our hearts!!
Are you in a battle now? I am. Are you standing your ground? I have not been and I think that is why God led me to this passage for the week. Today, I realize how desperately I need to spend some time in these verses so I hope we all are more ready to do battle now than we were before.
Lord, thank You so much for Your Word and the power within it by Your Holy Spirit. I ask You that You help us be good soldiers – well trained and well equipped. Please make us what You want us to be. Help us stand and glorify You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
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