“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:11-12 NKJV
Notice that we put on the armor of God. God left getting dressed for battle to us. He supplied the armor, we put it on. We also fight the battle with Him right by our side. No soldier would ever consider going into battle without their armor or without knowing the enemy and their strategy. Why is it as believers we think we can run into battle with no preparation, fight “naked” and think we will win?
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10
Ephesians is a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom from the Apostle Paul who is thought to be the author, probably during his first imprisonment in Rome.
Ephesians 6 is filled with imagery of spiritual warfare. He opens the conversation by exhorting us to “Be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.”
This is so reminiscent of what God said to Joshua in 2 Chronicles 32:7. “Be strong and courageous.”
Our power comes from the One who is all-powerful. The closer we draw near to Him, the more we’re filled with His power, because He is the power source. I encourage you to plug into the power source today!
“Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27
Jesus spent most of his first 30 years on this planet searching for himself in Scripture. He was preparing himself for His mission to save mankind from the sentence of death brought by sin.
The Word of God also tells us who we are, and we’re to follow Christ’s example to search the Scripture daily to find who we are in Him. When we know who we are, and whose we are, it is our first step toward what we were created to do, our mission.
Every day the enemy comes to attempt to deceive us about who we are in Him, and to steal our joy, our vision, and our destiny through the distractions of this life. Our fortress is the Word of God.
Find yourself in it daily.