And Having Done All, to Stand
Ephesians 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
When it comes to our defense against the devil’s wiles, we are to stand.
Having done all we can, using the grace given, we are to stand with Jesus Christ our Lord.
But Jesus gives us protection by His Word, and through His faith. These come in the form told here: the armor.
Ephesians 6:14 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”
In the belt that goes around us, we see our subjection to Jesus Christ, for He is the Truth. As we are subject to Him, His truth surrounds us, strengthening us in all our battles ahead. When we see the truth, we have been given a great advantage over our enemy.
(Many people say, “There is your truth, and my truth.” No, there is Truth. And there are lies. God is Truth. The devil is the father of all lies. When we apply God’s truth to us; grace or the unmerited favor of power is given. John 1:17)
And His righteousness which, as born again ones, covers our “breastplate”, or hearts. His righteousness is applied to us (2 Corinthians 5:21), that we might stand before Him. For we stand not in our own righteousness, but His.
Our hearts are so fickle, that He gives us a special covering to protect them, as we are obedient to His word. For the Adversary would seek to wound or trick our hearts, to turn them out of God’s way for us.
Ephesians 6:15 “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
And the shoes of peace, or the knowledge that you stand here, now in His Name, and by His power! Here I stand for Jesus!
Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
And Faith, which is our shield, or extra protection wherever it is needed, against the accusations of the devil. If our minds are being attacked by doubts, fears, or evil suggestions; up goes the shield of faith which removes the ground of accusation by belief, courage, and God’s purity (for faith sees God, as He is, in power to help, and to give the victory over).
Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
And the helmet of Salvation: plainly we need to “think saved”. It helps us to see the temptations of the world, and the tricks of the Adversary.
It keeps in clear vision God’s plan for us; for things can get pretty confused in our minds, if we listen to the Adversary’s version of what is going on.
And the Word of God as our sword. This is a saying of the Word; you need not quote the verse exactly, but as a portion of the Word comes to mind, you say it, and the Holy Spirit is the One who enforces it against the Adversary.
Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereinto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
And of course, all prayer. It is His will we seek, His will we ask done. Prayer is simply talking to God about everything. All the irritations, frustrations, and temptations which come to us.
And praying for others.
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
The wiles of the Adversary are his tricks. He knows us well; we once belonged to him, before we were born again. So he knows what we like, what we wish for, and what makes us angry.
If you could think of the biggest scammer you have heard of; that would not even come close to the scams the devil runs, for he is the father of all lies.
The devil hates God, and seeks to get us to get mad at God.
The devil wants us to think of God in a bad light, or God’s way of doing things, as hard.
When we think that way, the devil has taken joy from us.
And he will just keep attacking us, trying to take the enjoyment of walking with God from us.
That is why it is so important to know God’s Word, and Trust and Obey it.
Then we can stand covered in the protection God has for us.