Monday, March 17, 2014

Where You Stand

In Ephesians 6, Paul gives us the armor of God lesson.  I have heard this lesson in Sunday School many a time, but it was one of those things where I never actually went past the surface level.  Yes, dressing up a class member in tin foil battle gear can be great, but I think there was supposed to be more to it than that.
I guess we could start with why this analogy was given.  Ephesians 6:11-12

"Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

While most of us won't be accosted by swordsmen in our day to day lives, we are constantly being attacked by Satan.  The adversary will always be trying to fight against us and pull us down.
Now, we certainly don't want that, do we?  So here's what you're gonna do.  Verse 13:

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

We shouldn't cower in the corner, hoping that the devil doesn't find us.  We must take a stand.
I would love to review each of the parts of the armor individually, but that would take a year and a half on here, and I don't quite have that much time to spare.  But I encourage you to look it up and learn for yourself.
Heavenly Father will not leave us defenseless.  He has given us the tools and power we need to succeed in this life.  But we must take the action to put on the armor and put it to good use.

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