The Armor of God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Ephesians 6:10-12

Pretend that someone calls you on the phone with a legitimate offer. You and your family can obtain a free, all-expenses-paid trip. All you have to do is pick the location, and you have three options. You can pick Alaska, Australia or Afghanistan.

Given those choices, who’d pick Afghanistan? Who’d deliberately take their family into harm’s way? Who’d choose to go into the war zone? Not only would you be risking your own life, you’d also be risking the lives of your dear family.

Today, whether you like it or not, you and your loved ones are setting foot into a dangerous war zone. It’s not Afghanistan – it is worse. This war zone is our life on earth. We are battling the rulers, authorities and powers of this dark world. We’re struggling with the spiritual forces of evil in the realms that are not earthly. The war zone is this: we confront the relentless schemes of the devil to separate us from God’s love and destroy us eternally. How do we fight that?

When we realize how horrible Satan is, how he desperately wants to ruin us, and how he is far more powerful than you or me, we are terrified. But God’s word encourages us, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Maybe Satan is more powerful than us, but he is not and never will be more powerful than the Lord. Therefore the Bible tells us, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” The armor that God gives to us is the peace that he fully forgives our sin because of Christ Jesus’ perfect life and innocent death. The lying schemes of Satan can never take that assurance away. We are armed with the joy of being children of God by faith in Jesus, and Satan can never separate us from God’s love. We are armed with the sure salvation that Christ won for us, and we know that the blessed eternity that God promises is something that Satan cannot steal.

Because of Jesus you’ll always be safe, even in the middle of the war zone.

Prayer: Dear Lord God, every moment of every day we are in danger. Stay with us and lead us to put our confidence in your power, wisdom and forgiveness. Then – and only then – are we outfitted in the full armor of God and safe from the devil’s schemes. Amen

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