The Armor of God

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The Armor of God

Strengthened by the Almighty God

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10)

The Apostle Paul, through the inspiration or direction of the Holy Spirit, gives us these commands – not suggestions, but commands so we can defeat and overcome the Devil’s tactics. In Ephesians 6 verse 10, Paul said, “Brethren be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”

Kenneth Wuest’s Greek translation says, “Be constantly strengthened in the Lord – so it’s not a one-time thing.” We have to continually be strong in the Lord, not weaklings falling into temptation and giving in to Satan’s tricks claiming that “The Devil made me do it” or saying “I couldn’t help it.” Without proper nutrition, a physically weak person who doesn’t eat properly and get the necessary nutrition will never win a battle, a race or a fight that requires physical strength and stamina.

We need strength to do every physical activity. Consequently, Paul is telling us that strength is required in this spiritual battle. However, it’s not our strength we rely on – it’s God’s strength. It is inevitable that we will lose before we get started if we are depending on our strength. Not only do we have to depend on the Lord’s strength, but we also have to be strong in the Lord. Spiritually weak Christians will lose this battle because they have no stamina or endurance.

They are not standing on the firm foundation in Christ. Meaning, they are not growing in the Lord through His Word. The end result is that they suffer from spiritual malnutrition because they are not feasting on the Word of God. They may be intelligent, but they’re not strong in the Lord. They may be prosperous with worldly possessions, but they’re not strong in the Lord. They may go to church every Sunday, but they’re not strong in the Lord. They may be involved in a number of ministries, but they’re not strong in the Lord. A spiritually weak Christian is one who fails to surrender and commit his or her life entirely to God and fails to grow closer to Him. There are believers who live each day doing just enough to get by – they think. To them, the Word they hear on Sunday is enough to sustain them. But their thinking is fallible because when the Devil comes after them like a ferocious lion, they cave in. They become fearful, frustrated, despondent, and even depressed because they are not strong in the Lord.

They don’t recognize a satanic attack and so they blame other people or even themselves for their problems. I know because this was once me. I was a spiritually weak Christian attending church on Sundays and then living for myself the rest of the week – depending on myself, my own attributes, my own reasoning, and my own abilities. When the enemy came after me, I was not prepared. I had to endure a spiritual attack I wasn’t prepared for. But thanks be to God, He drew me closer to Him.

That was His purpose, but He used the Devil as a tool to draw me closer to Him through a right relationship with Jesus Christ. Yes, God will use the Devil to draw us closer to Him and to conform us to the image of His Son. That’s the will of God. That’s God’s overall purpose for our lives. Remember, He used Satan to test Job’s faith. But it’s so much better to hear His voice and draw closer to Him without God having to use the Enemy to do it – it’s not a nice experience at all. “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which has no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee” (Psalm 32:9).

Sometimes as Christians, we find ourselves defeated by the enemy and may not even know it. We may think we are winning, but in reality, we’re losing because we are leaning on our own strength and understanding. Our strength comes from the Lord alone, not from anything we can muster up within ourselves. In order to even begin to defeat the enemy, we must be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, not with catchy slogans or phrases that sound good but mean nothing. And not because we have a title or are in a ministry. As a matter of fact, the enemy will attack us even more when we are involved in ministry work for the Lord.

To be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, our relationship with Him has to be strong. Remember the words of our Lord to Paul and us in 2 Corinthians 12:9. He said: “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” The Lord’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.

That lets us know that when we try to fight the Devil in our own strength, we will lose the battle. The part that says “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” is crucial. Many people want to stop at the part that says “be strong,” but this only works if it’s done in the Lord and in His might. We have to make sure we strengthen our relationship with the Lord by getting into the Word of God, feeding on it, obeying it, and praying Holy Spirit-filled prayers that are consistent with the Word of God, based on God’s will and purpose and not what we want. When we depend on the Lord completely, we can be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

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