THEME: VICTORY IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM
Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV
“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. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
-Through this text we realize that God has provided everything that we require to win every spiritual battle against the evil one. We are encouraged to be strong not in ourselves but in the Lord and His mighty power. In the same wavelength, to put on the full armor of God that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. We are called to put on the belt of truth. The belt secures the pants from falling and it was also used by the soldiers to harness their swords and other weapons. The belt of truth indicates the truth of the word of God that is contradicted by the devil, the father of all lies (John 8:44). It also warns us from engaging in sexual immorality which wars against the body and destroys the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:18-19). The breastplate of righteousness protects the heart. The soldier’s breastplate plate protects their heart from damage by the enemies swords. We put on the breastplate of righteousness when we put our faith in Jesus who makes us righteous by His blood. The shield of faith reveals that our faith in God makes us righteous in Christ. The shoes of peace indicate the protection that delivers from the thorns and spikes of the grass and ground. The peace of Christ comes through believing and accepting Him in our hearts, and the Holy Spirit releases peace as a fruit. The helmet protects the soldiers head from any crushing blow. The helmet of salvation releases the peace and rest in God who fights all our battles when we know or do not know of it. Last but not least is the word of God which secures us in the promises and covenants of God in our lives, families and everything that pertains to our welfare. We are also called to pray without ceasing and give thanks in everything for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
Your name Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe. We run to You Jesus and rely on You in our walk of faith with confidence that we shall overcome all our temptations and tribulations. We rely on You and Your mighty power that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. May You protect us dear Lord Jesus from every snare of the evil one. We know that we are more that conquerors in You Christ Jesus. We are victorious in Your name and in Your presence. We shall not be moved or shaken. We shall not fear or be intimidated but we stand upon Your truth and Your word. We shall not be afraid or anxious but we shall release everything to You Jesus our Prince of peace. May Your peace that surpasses all human understanding guard our hearts and minds in You Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen
Further reading: Rebrews 4:12, Philippians 4:6-7