Theme of the Week: Stand Strong
Bible Verse: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” Ephesians 6:13 ESV
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:13, 1 Peter 5:8, Romans 13:12,14, Isaiah 59:16-20
Every Christian is a soldier in an all-out war against Satan. Scripture commands us to take up the full armor of God. Leave no place unguarded. The enemy prowls around like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8), seeking to kill your joy and neutralize your testimony. Be alert; the enemy will exploit any opening you give him. A Christian in complete armor is invincible. We can resist the devil. We can take our stand against the darkness of deception. In our own strength, we may be weary, weak, and worn. But what matters is the armor of God and our faith to wear it.
The apostle Paul identifies six pieces of armor: the belt of truth; the breastplate of righteousness; the boots of the gospel of peace; the shield of faith; the helmet of salvation; and the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word. He wraps up this inventory by reminding us to be persistent in our prayers for one another (Ephesians 6:18). If you’re looking for instructions on how to use the armor, you will be disappointed. Scripture is not about methods and techniques; it is about Jesus. He is your truth, your righteousness, your shield, your peace, and your salvation. God tells you to “put on the shining armor of right living” and to “clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:12, 14). The open secret of effectively wearing God’s armor is a maturing walk with Christ. When we abide in Him, we’re able to fight off the attacks of the enemy.
Spiritual warfare is Christ-dependent. He has given us what we need, and He is with us by His Spirit. Walk confidently in His truth and power.
Taken from The One Year Daily Moments of Strength: Inspiration for Men, Copyright © 2017 by Walk Thru the Bible. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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