Today we look at what Paul says we are to do in battle with the enemy.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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.
Paul starts off this passage reminding us of where our strength comes from. Our strength comes from the Lord. When it comes to the devil, we must stand firm and rely on the strength the Lord provides us. Paul is speaking about struggles we have with the enemy. He says these struggles are not with people, but with the powers of evil. In order to battle evil, we must arm ourselves with the armor of God.
Paul talked earlier in Ephesians about these evil powers that we have to deal with on earth. It is hard for us to understand evil and the battles that take place outside of our sight and experience. However, Paul makes it clear that they exist. The focus of this passage is not us seeking out evil in order to battle it. Our job is to stand firm and rely on God’s power working in and through us.
In order for us to stand firm, we must know what God’s Word says, have an intimate relationship with Him and be connected to a body of believers. I think a lot of people put the focus of this passage on evil rather than the Lord and our job to be able to stand firm. To stand firm, we must know what God’s Word says for ourselves so we cannot be deceived by false teaching. Knowing what God says about how we are to live our lives and what is important to HIm will help us not be easily swayed by what others say and do. We need to spend time in prayer to know what God has to say about our lives. Being connected to a body of believers will help encourage, teach, convict and hold us accountable.
How well are you able to stand firm? Do you need to read, study and meditate on God’s Word more to be able to hold your ground? Would you benefit from being part of a body of believers? Being part of a body of believers means more than attending church on Sunday, it means really plugging in and serving. Are you plugged in to a community of faith and are you serving?