(Today's post by Chris Queen)
In the modern world, our armed forces go out outfitted with some of the most cutting edge technology. In fact, many of the technologies we enjoy today started out in our military. The right technology is important to the brave men and women who serve our country because the enemies they battle against these days aren’t bound by borders or by a specific people group. The enemies our country faces today are enemies we can’t really see.
Our spiritual enemies are much the same, as Paul talks about at the end of Ephesians:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Thankfully, God equips us with the best in spiritual warfare technology:
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
I have to admit I’ve struggled for days trying to find some new insight or revelation from this last portion of Ephesians, and it all just feels so familiar. Scott always advises us from the pulpit not to let familiarity rob us of the truth in scriptures we’ve read countless times. So, what I want to take away from this passage is encouragement.
Spiritual warfare is a daunting task, and we’re charged to vanquish an enemy we literally and figuratively can’t see. But our commanding officer – the God who has more power than the enemy can dream of acquiring – has prepped us for battle with the spiritual equivalent of the greatest body armor and the most up to date technology. In light of that knowledge, I want to do my best to stand firm and win as many battles as I can.
I’ll leave you with these bits of encouragement:
- Walk in truth.
- Strive for righteousness.
- Be ready.
- Stay in the Word.
- Take refuge in your faith.
- Never, ever forget that you’re God’s saved child.
- Let the Spirit take the lead in fighting the battle with you.
- And pray, pray, pray.
What piece of spiritual armor means the most to you right now? What comfort do you take in knowing that we are equipped by God for spiritual warfare?