Soldiers of Christ Jesus
Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”
Paul, here, tells the Christians at Ephesus, that…. as they are seated in Christ Jesus in the heavenlies; able to receive all the spiritual blessings He has for them (Ephesians 1:3, 2:6)…yet,….they must now take a stand against the wiles of the devil.
Every servant of the Lord Jesus Christ is called to stand with Him….and if you stand with Him….you stand against the world-system, and sin.
And in order to do that, you must be empowered….for we are not a well: a reserve of water unto ourselves…..but a sponge in an ocean of power….soaking up constantly.
And that is what the original word means: “..in the power of His might.” To be constantly empowered.
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
This is one of the provisions from God, to us…..but we are responsible to put it on. It is said twice….a witness to us, of our responsibility, and privilege as His soldiers:
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.”
Notice it is “stand against the wiles of the devil” , And “withstand in the evil day”.
The wiles of the devil, or tricks or stratagems……we stand against them….they are the “fiery darts”. The devil is always making suggestions…reminding us of how we used to be….telling us not to believe God….this thing is not so “bad”….and so much more.
The evil day….we withstand it, in ourselves, and from others……we will not let the world’s way of seeing, affect us.
Worry, tension, fear,….anger, malice, revenge….spiteful words, gossip, slander….and so much more, can turn any day into the evil day….and we are to withstand it.
Ephesians 6:14 “Stand therefore,….”
I have preached before about the armor…..but the armor is not so many pieces that you wear….rather it is the truth of the experience, that each piece signifies….
A soldier puts on his armor before the battle….in preparation for it. And we are in a battle every day against the tricks of the devil.
Truth : the truth of our salvation…..knowing we are saved.
Romans 8:16 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”
…..and then knowing the truth of His love to us, personally. (1 John 4:16, 19)
Righteousness : we are clothed with the very righteousness of Christ. But if we want our heart and conscience to be cleansed and protected, we need to live righteously….no hidden sin….all confessed, up-to-date.
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Peace : the place of rest, being sure of our walk with Christ—garrisoned about with peace.
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
It is the hiding place for every Christian in the turmoil of battle…..learning how to depend upon the promises of God for inner peace….no matter what is going on around us, then we are sure-footed.
Faith : this is the practical use of the faith given you at new birth,……putting it to use, to overcome in the battles of life.
1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”
Faith always sees God in the situation….and places our confidence in Him. Faith is “moveable”, like a shield…….it covers our minds, our hearts, and our wills….it goes down and covers our walk, and work…..reminding us of God, not the circumstances.
Salvation : this is to think saved…..think that I belong to Christ, therefore, I am to act as His.
1 Peter 1:13 “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind (gather your thoughts), be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”
The Word of God : what a mighty weapon, if we use it. (Read it, and learn it). A growing knowledge of the scriptures, and how they apply to our life.
Accusations from the devil and the world, come…..and we should do as Jesus did, when He was tempted (Matthew 4:1-11),……we need to meet those accusations with the Word of God.
It is that Word that the Holy Spirit reminds us of, at the time……for then it is delivered with power. (We have so many promises in His Word, we need to know and use)
All-prayer : God answers prayer because we believe Him.
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
We should pray in Jesus Name (John 16:23-24)….asking His will done.
1 John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His Will, He heareth us.
And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”
To put on the whole armor of God, we need to get in our experience, the power that the Lord has made available for us in this battle…..whenever and wherever that is…..the power of His Might.
The power that is set forth in the experience that these pieces picture……and then we need to….”Stand therefore….”