Ephesians 6:10-13 (Part 1)
10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. 12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.
Before a soldier goes to battle, he equips himself with gear that will protect him as well as weapons to use in battle to defeat his enemy. As Christians, it is essential to armor up with the Armor of God to fight not men and women but something much more sinister, deceptive, dark, hater of anything good and a murderer which is Satan and his demonic forces. This is what we believers in Christ are up against. What is the Full Armor of God and how exactly do we put it on? To put it on is by first of all being a follower of Jesus Christ and then living a life of righteousness in obedience to the Word of God and not living a life that the world lives according to:
12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
The Armor of God is Jesus Christ .
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.
Christians who rely only on Jesus by living according to the scripture will have the Armor because the Lord will be his protector so that you won’t be defeated by the enemy. A Christian gets defeated by taking it off and that is when one is living in sin. Jesus will not protect a child in disobedience but would allow for defeat to take place so that the defeated believer might repent. Without the Armor we are nothing, but with it, we are victorious in Jesus Christ so remember that as believers, our lifeline is to:
1. Pray to the Lord with thanksgiving for everything He has done for you and ask Him for strength to do His will and to be protected against the evil one.
2. Read the Bible daily so that your mind may be filled with God’s Word and your desires may be transformed into what God desires according to His Word and it will keep you from stumbling (Psalms 119:9,11).
3. And third, let the Word of God transform you and live your life around and according to scripture so that you may be pleasing to God and will equip you to defend the Bible, protect yourself from false doctrine and not only to have answers for people’s questions but to tell them the good news about Jesus’ death and resurrection.