We're Going to Stand!
“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.” (Ephesians 6:13 NIV)
As Christians, we are always involved in spiritual warfare. In his New Testament letter to the Ephesian church, the apostle Paul said that “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.” While this will be an ongoing battle until the day we see Jesus face to face, Paul also talked specifically about a “day of evil.” It seems there are times of targeted assaults, disturbances, distractions and accusations from the enemy, in our lives. Hasn’t that been the case in your life? I know it has been in mine.
We know from Scripture that Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. That was a particular time of testing for Jesus, and it reminds us that we have in him a faithful high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses and to help us when we are being tempted (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15). After that time of testing in the wilderness was over, however, the Bible says, that Satan left him for “a more opportune time” (Luke 4:13). The enemy of our souls waits for these “more opportune” times in our lives as well — perhaps, times when we aren’t feeling well; times when we are weary; times when we have been let down by others.
In his letter, the apostle goes on to the famous passage about putting on the full armor of God. This includes the belt of truth; the breastplate of righteousness; the shield of faith; the sword of the spirit; the helmet of salvation; and having our feet “fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul also exhorts the believers to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.”
And here’s the payoff: We are to put on God’s full armor “so that when the day of evil comes, [we] may be able to stand [our] ground, and after [we] have done everything, to stand.” Praise God!
Let this be of encouragement to anyone who may now be going through a season of special testing —a day of evil— in their own lives. Remember God’s promise: No matter what the enemy throws at us, we’re going to stand!
Read Ephesians 6:10-18.