Read Ephesians 6:10-20
“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.”
Stand with our waist girded with truth, so we are anchored by His truth. Only the truth creates balance, and stability when anchored by it.
Stand with the breastplate of righteousness on our chest. Only Jesus Christ’s righteousness is true righteousness. Our righteousness is filthy rags in God’s sight. So we accept Jesus’ righteous work on our behalf. Jesus clothes us in His righteousness that we may stand.
Stand with the preparation of the gospel of peace for our shoes, ready to take the good news where ever we go. Jesus’ message must go everywhere to all people for God said he wanted none to perish but all to come and be saved. The gospel of Peace must be our shoes.
Stand with the shield of faith, which extinguishes the fiery arrows aimed at us. The shield of faith is His gift to us. In this gift we are blessed to believe without seeing. With our faith shield we can put down every attempt of the enemy to shake us from our secure position. Our faith has the power to put out the flaming arrows aimed at us, so the arrows of lies, deceit, and evil don’t penetrate our heart and mind.
Stand with the helmet of salvation securely on our heads. The hope that doesn’t disappoint is our helmet. No matter what happens we are secure in Him.
Stand with the mighty sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. The sword of the Spirit is His power and His might. Nothing can prevent God’s word from accomplishing what it is intended for. Hell can’t stop it. The devil can’t derail it. Our own mistakes can’t change God’s plans. God’s Word will prevail.
Stand in prayer for all the saints everywhere. Prayer is a mighty weapon activating all the armor we discussed above. Prayer ushers us into His presence, to seek His will, to obtain His power to align our self with God’s desires. Prayer releases God’s good work in and through us. Prayer keeps us in lock step with what’s important to God, so we don’t stumble and return to darkness. Prayer shines light in situations so darkness flees.
Stand in watchfulness and boldness. With God’s armor on, we are ever watchful and more bold to proclaim His good news.
To all reading this now is the time to take your stand. Put on the whole armor of God. Let God continue His work in you. Be alert and pray. The Day approaches when our enemy will be judged. Until then stand firm, fully armored and ready for whatever the enemy may throw at us, knowing God always gets the victory.
Lord Jesus, thank you for your might, your Spirit, and your word. Strengthen us this day with your mighty armor so we may stand. In your name we pray, Jesus. Amen.