Stand Your Ground! In His Word 4-1-2024

 Stand your ground! In His Word 4-1-2024 

Paul writes a final word to the Ephesians in chapter 6. He wants to remind us to get geared up. He wants us not to just get geared up physically with nice clothes for the day but also for the fight we need to get geared up spiritually!

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:11-12

So how do we do that? How do we be strong in the Spirit ready to fight against the ‘unseen’? We get into His Word, our Bibles and read up on how to fight!  First of all, we put on every piece of the armor so that we can be protected!  We get prepared to stand strong and do battle!

Our battles are in the world itself, but also in our mind.

The thing is a soldier the helmet won’t really do anything if  it’s not on and protecting the head it is put on. In other words, it does nothing on the closet shelf! It has to be used for its purpose. The person inside has to be physically ready but also in the right mindset to do the battle. They study to show themselves approved by the superiors to be ready for battle too!  

They are trained mentally as to what to do when the battle comes. We train in the Bible by studying to show ourselves approved rightly dividing the Word in truth! 2 Timothey 2:15

That is a great place to gear up for our spiritual battle as well!

The Word and Prayer!

Then work on the rest of it. The belt of truth, the breastplate or body armor, the shoes, and the shield of faith!  All of those will do nothing if we do not prepare our hearts and minds.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6: 13-17

 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18

When we pray until we are ready to take up that sword of the Spirit, we are ready to do battle!

Do you have the Gospel peace? Then tell someone!  Have you got the gear on? Then get ready because the battle is on its way!  The world around us is a mess, we know this,  but if we walk into work after focusing on His Word we will have prepared our hearts and minds to accept the things we cannot change!

I wrote before about being ‘prepped and ready’ for the battle of life itself. Let’s get ready and then stand our ground today!

Do not give a foothold to the devil and his cronies (Ephesians 4:27)  but instead be geared up and spiritually prepared in the Word to do battle against these things. We have peace that comes from  keeping our mind on Him, (Isaiah 26:3) and the full armor on so now we can put up that shield of faith we have built up in the Word as well and stand firm! Stand strong, do not move! Do not allow the enemy to control you! You wont sink if you don’t step in the quicksand!

In a movie I watched when I used to teach I saw a line of soldiers in battle with these huge shields. They were more than head to toe! The line would stand close enough together to create a wall of shields that were not able to penetrate. It was amazing to see them just stand there, then with just a small space they would shoot arrows or put their swords out eventually to stop the continuance of the enemy. Then they would slowly walk a few more steps, and then stand in the wall again.

Today this is what I thought of, with our armor of God and standing firm, standing … not moving! Not running away, not smacking back but standing ready for anything the enemy tosses at us. Then I thought of the unity of other believers standing with us and how we can protect one another with our linked or locked in groups of strong shields of faith! If one shield fails we as a unit can protect the other one while the battle rages!                                  (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

So, when politics, or people being rude or worse comes up in life, if work gets harder than usual today I want you to think of these things! The armor is on so think on the things that are lovely, pure, kind, etc.

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:7-9

But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it. Colossians 1:22-23

Get geared up and stand! Do not let the enemy push back! Stand firm