Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Ephesians 6:13 (NASB)
We trust each of you have been challenged by the devotions on unbelief. My suggestion is to always keep those handy because the conflict is ongoing. Before examining the two other enemies of the triad (Satan and the world), let’s examine the necessity and work the meaning the Christian’s armor from Ephesians 6.
For this warfare the believer must learn experientially how to take and use the armor for the battle, described by the apostle. The objective in Ephesians 6 is clearly not victory over sin – this is assumed – but VICTORY OVER SATAN. The call is not to the world, but to the Church. A call to stand in armor; to resist in the evil day; having done everything in the life and death contest (Msg.); is a call to be able to stand firm. The armor in detail is provided that the child of God should be “ABLE to stand” against the schemes of the devil (6:11); clearly showing that a believer can be victorious in this spiritual combat, if the Christian fulfils the necessary conditions, and uses the armor provided for him.
It must be a REAL ARMOUR if it is provided for meeting a REAL FOE, and it must demand a REAL KNOWLEDGE of it on the part of the believer; to whom the FACT of the provision, the FACT of the foe, and the FACT of the fight, must be as REAL FACTS as any other facts declared in the Scriptures. (Jesse Penn Lewis)
Check out the contrast between the Christian bearing the Lord’s armor versus the believer who is negligent or lazy:
|The Armored Christian||The Christian Without Armor|
|Armored with truth.||Open to lies through neglect and ignorance.|
|Experiential righteousness.||Carnality – bondage to flesh.|
|Peacemaker||Causes divisions and quarrels.|
|Temperance & self-control.||Impulsive, rash & irresponsible.|
|Faith as a shield.||Plagued by doubt & unbelief.|
|Scriptures in hand.||Influenced more by human reason.|
|Prayer without ceasing – active devotional life.||Work instead of prayer – empty devotional life.|
The believer who takes up the whole armor of God as a covering and protection, must walk in victory over the enemy. He must have (1) their spirit indwelt by the Holy Spirit, so that he is strengthened with the might of God to stand unshaken; and be given continuously a “supply of the Spirit of Jesus” to keep the spirit sweet and pure; (2) the mind renewed (Rom. 12:2) so that the understanding is filled with the light of truth (Eph. 1:18); the mind clarified so that he intelligently understands what the will of the Lord is; (3) the body subservient to the Spirit (1 Cor. 9:25), and obedient to the will of God in life and service.