August 19, 2015 by holy rollin hooker
For the next five weeks or so, we’ll be exploring Ephesians 6:11-18 and the concept of arming ourselves for the spiritual, mental, and emotional encounters that we face every day. We’ll be starting with Ephesians 6:11-13 which outline the need for armor.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes”
This scripture calls to our attention the need to arm ourselves with whatever tools God has given us so that we won’t fall prey to the trickery of the devil.
When most people think armor, they are only thinking of defense. But good armor does double duty. It is both defensive and offensive. A blow to the head with a mailed fist or a helmet would be enough to knock somebody out. We need not only to think of God’s word, his wisdom, his strength, and his Holy Spirit as protection against the devil; we need also to think of them as weapons. For me, it is not good enough to simply stand against the devil’s schemes. I want to obliterate them every last one of them.
“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.”
Now this scripture goes more in depth into exactly what we are arming ourselves against. The part that is especially important to notice is that we are not fighting against “flesh and blood.” Many of our greatest challenges and problems may come in the form of other people, but they are only the surface of the problem. Too often we attack the puppets when we should be going after the puppet master. Attacking a person instead of the spirits that are operating through the person will get you nowhere fast every single time, and it wastes an awful lot of time and energy.
Don’t fight your battles in the physical—fight them in the spirit because it is in the spirit where all battles begin and where they are either won or lost. Shooting your mouth off or doing evil for evil when you feel someone has wronged you makes about as much sense as trying to stab the devil with a sword. Fleshly responses do no good in a physical battle.
“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.”
Again, this scripture urges us to put on the armor of God. It tells us to do this for when the day of evil comes, not for if the day of evil comes. Here the Word acknowledges that a day will come when all of us are going to face some super funky stuff and we need to be ready for that day. If we wait for the day to come before we think about arming ourselves, it will already be too late. We’ve already taken wounds we wouldn’t have had to take if we were already prepared.
We shouldn’t wait until trouble comes our way before we decide it’s time to get closer to God. It’s amazing how many of our troubles could be avoided—or greatly lessened—altogether if we’d just make the commitment to seek him first all the time. We need to live in our armor in times of peace and in times of war. It needs to be our first nature. The devil is patient and very observant. He has nothing better to do than to wait until you feel like everything is going smooth in your life and relax your guard.