Ephesians 6:11 NLT - "Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil."
Several things. First, "Put on all" implies a command that you and I can obey. This matter of being fortified against the devil is not out of reach for believers. Too often we look to others to provide protection for us as we do in our everyday life. We encourage young men and women to join the military and protect us from our enemies. We hire police officers to protect our public safety. And we think we hire pastors and enlist church leaders to protect us spiritually. But, there is an important issue: are we not supposed to be armored to protect our own souls from the devil? And the answer to that is YES!.
Second, the "armor" of God is listed in verses 13-17 and we'll be looking at that later. But it is God's armor, not ours. Again, we should not think that we somehow equip ourselves with manmade schemes and strategies to properly protect our souls from the devil's attacks. We would surely fail as has happened to many believers over the years. We need to carefully check out what God has provided for us. His armor covers all essential areas of our lives.
Third, we armor ourselves to "be able to stand firm..." Our standing carries with it several thoughts. That position shows that we are upright and ready to engage the enemy in fighting. We are not cowering someplace in a corner when we should be on the battlefield. Also, standing means that we are firm in our position and will not be overcome. Also, standing helps others to see where we are and can count on us to provide help for them.
Fourth, we see we face an enemy with a strategy. We'll talk more about who our enemy is in tomorrow's Daily Verse. Here, we need to remember Satan has a plan and he is seeking to implement his plan whenever and wherever he can. Our job is to be equipped to stand against Satan's attacks on us. We need to recognize the devil's strategies and learn how best to use our equipment not only to protect ourselves but also how we can take the battle to the enemy.
Determine to put God's armor on your life DAILY!
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.