If we’re truly following Christ, we are engaged in a battle. Ephesians 6:10 opens a passage that describes us as arming ourselves for that spiritual conflict. It’s something that we have to be prepared for if we are going to survive. Paul goes on to enumerate the times we should be wearing God’s armor as we engage in a battle for our souls. This preparation helps us stand firm.
Truth is the belt that holds our entire armor together. Righteousness protects our heart, and our readiness covers our feet. This means we are always ready and willing to do God’s work. Additionally, faith shields us from Satan’s attacks, and the knowledge of salvation protects our minds. Finally, the only weapon we have is God’s word.
Starting in Ephesians 6:18, Paul tells us to be prayerful in our preparation so that we may have the courage to withstand, and he emphasizes praying for each other. This is an act of unity and solidarity. We are helping each other when we pray. Furthermore, I’ll have little time to pursue ungodliness if I’m busy praying for others.
Romans 12:2 tells us to not be conformed but rather transformed. It takes effort to allow God to transform us from following after this world into being something new and better. II Corinthians 10:5 says to keep our thoughts under control, and Philippians 4:8 tells us what our minds should be focused on in the place of those things that can distract and disarm us.
Steadfast in Trials
We will face trials. We will be held to the fire, but God has given us all we need to overcome. John 15:18 begins a sobering passage where Jesus tells His disciples about the hostility his disciples will face. Sometimes, the biggest temptation we will face is that of ridicule, of simply not fitting in. Jesus went through those trials, and so will we.
John 3:17 says that Jesus came to save the world rather than judge it, and He goes on to say that those who reject Him have already judged themselves. He says His light divides good from evil. II Corinthians 7:2 begins a passage where Paul describes his own trials and the comfort He found in God and in them. In his first letter, Paul was pretty harsh with those in Corinth, but he now wants them to remember his love for them. That love is the motivation for sharing Christ’s light.
I Timothy 6:11 encourages us to flee temptation and focus on righteousness. He calls us to fight the fight of faith and to remain steadfast. Our enemy will try to shake us, but we can withstand. Hebrews 12:3 – 4 encourages us to look to Christ, who endured unto death. The Hebrew writer says we can do the same, and now we are God’s children. He loves us and is protecting our souls. There are times when we will be tired and feel beat down, but God is with us. He is always with us, and through Him, we can see victory in this spiritual battle.
lesson by Kent Ward