Ephesians 6:10-17 (NKJV)
Prayer – so important and not used enough by us (me included)!
With this in mind, I thought that we continue looking at prayer examples. In this blog post and probably the next one I’ll be looking at how we can protect ourselves from the evil one and his attacks with the “Full Armor of God”.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NKJV)
“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. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints”
William MacDonald titles verses 10-20 as
“Exhortations Concerning the Christian Warfare” *
Yes, we are constantly in a spiritual warfare battling and standing up for the Truth. I found this comment by William MacDonald on verse 10 interesting pointing out that we are “soldiers of Christ”.
Ephesians 6:10 (NKJV)
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
MacDonald comments in the “Believer’s Bible Commentary” on verse 10:
Paul is coming to the close of his Epistle. Addressing all the family of God, he makes a stirring appeal to them as soldiers of Christ. Every true child of God soon learns that the Christian life is a warfare. The hosts of Satan are committed to hinder and obstruct the work of Christ and to knock the individual soldier out of combat. The more effective a believer is for the Lord, the more he will experience the savage attacks of the enemy: the devil does not waste his ammunition on nominal Christians. In our own strength we are no match for the devil. So the first preparatory command is that we should be continually strengthened in the Lord and in the boundless resources of His might. God’s best soldiers are those who are conscious of their own weakness and ineffectiveness, and who rely solely on Him. God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (1Corinthians 1:27b). Our weakness commends itself to the power of His might. *
God has given us the Holy Spirit who lives within us, and His word to teach and guide us. In Ephesians 6:11-18 God is offering us His full armor so that we can protect ourselves from any kind of evil around us.
Ephesians 6:11 (NKJV)
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV)
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.
Why do we need to put on the whole armor of God and not just one or two pieces, like the “helmet” and the “breastplate”?
When God repeats something –“whole armor of God” in verses 11 and 13– it’s important to listen! The whole armor of God will protect us against the different schemes the devil has in his repertoire to make us stumble and fall.
He uses discouragement, frustration, confusion, moral failure and doctrinal error. He knows our weakest point and aims for it.*
What or who is he using to enact these schemes against us?
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Satan uses the above mentioned schemes to make us fall.
In verse 12 it’s talking about us wrestling against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, and spiritual hosts of wickedness. Could this be demons taking hold of powerful people in government and other powerful positions? In today’s world we see lots of evil governments and officials reigning.
This is definitely not from God. But we can rely on Him to strengthen us to stand against these evil powers as He wills.
How does Satan make you trip?
Do you rely on the Lord for strength?
Feel free to leave me a comment; I would like to hear your thoughts on this.
May our hearts rejoice in the Lord always!
I hope this post is an encouragement to you in your walk with the Lord.
Philippians 1:9-11 (NKJV)
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.