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Thursday, June 9, 2016

This Means War: IV

Part IV:


We continue our journey through Ephesians 6:10-20. This is the portion of Scripture in which we are given instructions concerning the armor of God. We will spend our time today looking at verse 13.

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstanding the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm."

Dr. Kenneth Ridings, late president of Fruitland Bible College, said this, "When you come to a 'therefore' in Scripture, you need to find out what it's there for." Because of our PREVIOUS STUDIES, we know that just prior in our text Paul warns us about the strength of our enemy, so because of how strong and cunning our enemy is, Paul is going to give us some instructions.

Paul begins by once again reminding us that this battle will require the whole armor. You and I are not going to win this fight by haphazardly stumbling into battle. No, we must be on guard, and that requires us to take up, or put on, all the armor given to us. The enemy is too strong for us to believe we don't need every piece of our armor.

He says we that we take up the whole armor, so we can "withstand in the evil day." There is no denying that the day in which we live is evil. Seemingly everywhere you look there is evil running rampant. We may be living in the most evil of days; days described like those found in Romans 1. We the must put on the armor of God, so we can withstand those days.

Withstand means to meet the enemy face-to-face and not budge an inch. It is as though the devil is trying to run us over, but we refuse to be moved. How different would our country be if every believer exerted the energy necessary to withstand the devil. Let me say it again, this is not easy! It is, however, possible with the armor of God.

Paul then writes, "having done all, to stand firm." This is as much of a challenge as anything. We, as believers, should do all we can to stand against the devil. Can you say that you have done ALL to stand against the devil? Remember, it will take everything you have to stand, but it is worth all the enemy and effort to do so. By God's grace, let's fight the devil with everything we have and everything we have been given. 

-JCH

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