We are responsible to take control of our life and not allowjust anything that comes along to overpower us.God gives us discernment from within us how to handle allsituations that confront us.Godexpects us to take charge over our lives.God does not do for us things that are within our capability to do. God treats us all the same, but most of thetime He waits for us to ask for His help.God does not do things for us that are within our ability to accomplishon our own.God expects us to takecharge and be in charge of our life.Romans 2:11, states: “For there is no respect of persons with God.”
Therefore each of us has the same authority. We have to learn how to use our authorityeffectively.
V10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, andin the power of his might.”Paul here is exhorting, emphatic as he speaks to the church atEphesus.These were both Jews andGentiles, now called Christians.Paultells us to be strong in the Lord, this is God’s spiritual strength in us tostand fast, know who you are in the Lord.We get strong by reading God’s word and knowing how to apply God’s wordin all situations.“And in thepower of his might” there is nothing more powerful or mightier thanGod.
V11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may beable to stand against the wiles of the devil.” This verse is directedto us and we are going to have to do something.We cannot put something on that we do not understand.“That ye may be able to stand againstthe wiles of the devil.”Thatwe will have stability as in 4:14,“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carriedabout with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunningcraftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” We plant ourselves inChrist and are not moved.Col 1:23,“If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away fromthe hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to everycreature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.”
V12 “ For we wrestle not against flesh andblood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of thedarkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”This is not a physical fight but aspiritual fight.Everything has to takeplace in the heavenly before it can happen in the natural. That’s why prayer changes things. We cannot defeat the devil on our own. In Ephesians 6:13 it tells us what we needto fight this battle.Whereforetake unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in theevil day, and having done all, to stand.This passage says to “withstand” which means to “oppose withforce or resolution.To be successful in resisting. Toresist or endure successfully.When isthis “evil day” that the Bible is talking about.Galatians 1:4 states it best, saying, “3Grace beto you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4Whogave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evilworld, according to the will of God and our Father:”
2000 years ago Paul said it was an evil world. Just since I have been here I have seen adramatic drop in the moral fiber of the U.S. alone.People are out of control.It starts when you try to hide God and take God out of your everydaylife, work, school, and recreation.
V14“Standtherefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on thebreastplate of righteousness;”
Stand, take a position, do not back up, and hold yourground.2 Thessalonians 2:15 “Therefore,brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught,whether by word, or our epistle.”
Below is defined the “panoplia”armour of God.There are seven piecesof armour.
1.Three are enduement. (To put on):
a.Girdle – Truth
b.Breast Plate – Righteousness
c.Shoes – Preparation of the Gospel of peace
2.Two are weapons of defense:
a.Shield – Faith:Gen 15:1
b.Helmet – Salvation
3.Two for offence:
a.Sword of the Spirit – Word of God (close range)
b.Spear – Prayer (Long and medium range)
When we review what the armour stands for it’s nothingthat we ourselves have within us.Godprovides all the weapons of defense and offence.
What is unique about the full armour of God is it is madeup of seven pieces.Seven denotesspiritual perfection.He is the authorof God’s word, and seven is stamped on it as the watermark is seen in themanufacture of paper.He is the authorand giver of life; and seven is the number, which regulates every period ofincubation and gestation, in insects, birds, animals, and man.
Each group and piece in that group is important. We need to understand what the significancesof each piece of armour are for.
1.Enduement:Invest or provide (a person) with qualities, power, etc. Put on clotheswas early meaning.These 3 come fromreading Gods word so that you will know the truth.Putting on God’s armour should be like second nature to us. John 5:31 “IfI bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.”What we have to say does not matterit is what God has to say through us that matters.Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannotlie, promised before the world began”.
a.Truth:That resists lying and false doctrine.
b.Righteousness: We have no righteousness of our self.So we have to put on the Messiah’s armour. Isaiah 59:17“For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and anhelmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance forclothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.”Righteousness is used 92 times in the Bible of which 36 are inRomans.
c.Preparation of the gospel of peace: We should walk steadfastly with resolve toadhere to the gospel and abide by it.Being able to confront difficult ties and dangers that may arise. This brings all sorts of peace, peace withGod, with ourselves, and with others.This peace also brings us to repentance.When you keep repentance close to you, temptations to sin can beheld off.As we go through trials oflife you are ready for combat, we have that peace and quite mind which thegospel calls for.We are not easilyprovoked but are gentle and long – suffering to all men.
2.The two weapons of defense.
a.Faith:Must be our shield this is the most important and necessary of themall.In our hour of temptation faithcannot falter.The flexibility of faithto meet on all sides the temptations that came against us. We have to stand strong and not lose faithin what God has told us.Solid faith isvictory over the world.Consider faithof Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, theevidence of things not seen” Faith is what makes us stand fast on whatGod has told us.Faith means loyalty toa person to whom one is bound by promise or duty.The faithful person is steadfast, unchanging, and thoroughlygrounded in relation to the other.
b.Salvation: This is the assurance of salvation isgrounded in confidence that God is able to finish the good work begun inus.Philippians 1:6“Being confident of this very thing,that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day ofJesus Christ:” We expect God to keep His word and provide salvation tothe end.It’s the security God givesthe saints that we run the race to the end there will be a reward.
3. Thetwo weapons of offense:
a.Sword: We use Gods word in close combat. This is used to repel temptation. When the devil is giving you a hard time useGods word on Him.He knows it betterthan anyone else.Christ used thisagainst Satan in Matthew 4:4-10.We needto get God’s word in our hearts to be effective Psalms 119:11, “Thy wordhave I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
b.Spear: Prayer makes all the armour work against thespiritual enemies asking for help and assistance from God. Ephesians 6:18,“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in theSpirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for allsaints.”We must pray all kindsof prayers, public, private, secret, social and solitary, solemn and sudden,confessions of sin, petitions for mercy, and thanksgivings for favorsreceived.We must pray in thespirit.We must pray for all not justfor ourselves.We are not properlyprepared for battle we cannot help ourselves or anyone else. We never know when God is going to needus.Do not get caught out ofuniform.We need this protection in oureveryday life just like a seat belt in a car.When you see you are going to need it its to late to put it on.
Pray yourarmour on everyday be a good solider be ready when God needs you.