You may be of the “middle school” generation, but when I went to school, we had elementary, junior high, and high school. It really does not matter because we all know how that age is. Some of the nicest adults you will ever meet were horribly mean people in junior high school. Many sworn enemies were declared and generally, they changed from week to week. Am I right??
Today and all this week we are going to spend some time in Ephesians 6 talking about God’s and our true enemy, how God tells us to deal with him, and the full armor of God.
It is going to be a great week!
Ephesians 6:10-12 of Verses 10-18 NIV
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. 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. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And 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.”
Enemies before the Dawn of Time
Today, we are talking about a different kind of enemy. Before God created the earth and its inhabitants – including us humans, Lucifer (aka Satan, aka the devil), who was an angel, decided that he wanted to be God, and God cast him out of heaven forever. Some other angels went with him. The result was that now there is the first fallen angel Satan and his crew of fallen angels also known as demons. These are the enemies of God and of God’s people, which Ephesians 6:10-18 is speaking of.
Let’s go to Verse 10:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and His mighty power.”
To give a tiny bit of background for “finally“. As you know, just like when the word “therefore” occurs in the Bible, we need to look at the previous verses. So, in this case, the previous verses are talking about how we are to act as Christians and how we are to treat each other.
Now the writer of Ephesians, Paul, is telling us to “…be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”
This being said, we can know that we can be strong in the Lord. He is revealing through Paul that He wants us to be strong in Him. This gets me excited!
Now to Verse 11:
“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil and his schemes.”
So the strength and power that God is encouraging us to use is in this armor. We will talk more about this tomorrow, but to “take your stand” is a military term. In a battle, the goal of a foot soldier and the entire army was to keep from being pushed back so that the enemy did not gain ground.
Also, something to take note of is that the devil has schemes. So, he has plans to work against God and God’s people. The last thing the devil wants is for God to be glorified.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against, 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.”
When the US is at war with another country, that other country is usually considered our enemy. However, as Christians, we are members of a different nation – a kingdom, actually, right? The Kingdom of God.
Yes, we are citizens of our country but primarily we are citizens of the Kingdom of God.
Think about it this way: The last time something popped into your head that you knew you should not do… and you did not do it…
The first thought was a temptation from the enemy, and the second was the Holy Spirit helping you use self-control. Of course, this is in the context of the life of a believer and this is a very simplified example.
I know this has been long but I hope you will take a minute or two and go back and read all 9 verses again before you start your day.
Lord, I thank You again for Your Word and how You use it in our lives. I am so grateful and know this is You actively loving us. Please help us apply it to our lives. May You be glorified in all we do. In Jesus’s lovely name, I pray. Amen.
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