Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV)
There is a daily battle going on, it is waging on outside and inside of us. This battle looks to win our hearts and minds. It looks to tear us down and defeat us; dragging us back to the life that we have died to in Christ. So much has been written on this passage and I do not think that I have much to add, other than highlighting it for us. You see Charles Baudelaire is right when he says,
“The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist.”
We get so busy in our daily lives, running to meetings and after kids, keeping up with the Joneses that we forget the battle that is raging for our souls. So as you go out today, “Suit up”! Do not forget that the devil is real and actively looking to trip you up, make you weary and get you to go back to the life of death you have been called out of. So soak yourself in the truth, know the Gospel and it’s power to effect righteousness in your life, use faith as the shield against the lies of the enemy and speak the Word of the Spirit, the very Word of God in prayer to destroy what is evil. Constant vigilance and preparedness are the key. The only way to be this vigilant is to be rooted and grafted into Christ, to abide in him daily.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:1-11 ESV)