Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Whether you like it or not you’re in a battle. This battle has been going on since the Garden of Eden. Long before you ever were born the sides were determined and the battle line drawn. On one side is the devil with those who’ve chosen to follow him in rebellion- their motto is, “Not God’s will, but my will be done.” On the other side is Jesus, along with all who’ve chosen to follow Him- their motto is, “Not my will, but God’s will be done.”
This battle is not fought with swords and guns or any other kind of earthly weapons as Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. Nor is this battle for the strongest men among us or for those who enlisted in the military. On the contrary, this is a spiritual battle where every man, woman and child has been enlisted- no one can avoid this fight.
The good news is that Jesus came 2,000 years ago and defeated our enemy and has promised victory to all who call upon His name (1 John 3:8).
For those of us who have switched sides and are now born again into the Kingdom of God we are commanded to put the whole armor of God on and stand our ground as Paul taught in today’s passage. We are to stand our ground no matter what battles we encounter or trials we face. Some battles may involve our families, others our communities and some our very own souls. We may not know the battles we will face, but we can be sure that no matter what battle we face, “Greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world!” (1 John 4:4)
I challenge you to put on the full armor of God and stand your ground and when you have done everything you can- continue to stand. If you should stumble and fall, quickly get back up and stand your ground again. If people leave you and disappoint you- continue to stand your ground. And if you think the battle will never end, don’t give up but praise God in the midst of your trials- no matter what happens- stand your ground. Stand.
Here are three ways to stand your ground; (1) Build your life on the foundation of God’s Word. (2) Put on the whole armor of God and never take it off. (3) Depend upon God in prayer for victory in every battle you face.
Are you willing to stand your ground?
- Explain from the Bible why you should stand your ground.
- Pray that God will use you to reach out to those who have been defeated by the enemy.
- Resources: “God’s General’s,” by Roberts Liardon & “Foxes Book of Martyrs,” by John Foxe.
One Year Reading Plan
Malachi 3:1-4:6, Revelation 22:1-21, Psalm 150:1-6, & Proverbs 31:25-31. Click here to read online.