Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Take a Stand

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. (Ephesians 6:13)
“The evil day”…The times of temptations or assault. Paul is not insinuating that this is the only time when believers are to take up the armor in fact “Having done all, to stand” is a military term meaning to be ready at all times to maintain our ground, repel every attack and take the enemies spoils. How do believers do this?

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;
(Ephesians 6:14-17)
Gird your waist with truth…as a soldiers belt holds the rest of the armor in place, believers are to have a clear understanding of God’s word to keep our lives in place.
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32)

Put on the breastplate of righteousness…the breastplate protects our most vital parts, especially the heart.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. (Matthew 15:19)

Shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…Being prepared at all times proclaiming God’s Word
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; (1 Peter 3:15)

Take up the shield of faith…unwavering faith in Christ assures the believer complete safety where no power of the enemy can penetrate
Abraham did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what God had promised He was also able to perform. (Romans 4:20-21)

The helmet of salvation…a soldier would not fight hard and well if in his mind there was no hope of victory
But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. (1 Thessalonians 5:8)

The sword of the Spirit…the Word of God is an active offensive weapon in which believers use to strike down the lies and accusations of the devil.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Believers need to take a stand daily against the wiles of the devil. But in doing so, they must operate in faith that Christ has defeated him and has given to the each believer authority over him.

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