Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Verse for Today - Ephesians 6:12,13
"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. Therefore put on thefull 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."
Read all of Ephesians 6
The Apostle Paul is reminding the Ephesian Christians (and us) that we live in a spirit (aka demonically) influenced world. He had just concluded and extended series of exhortations (5:21-6:9) of how the Christian ethic involves submission to rightful authority.
In the verses just preceding today's verse he exhorted his readers to be strong in the Lord and His power by putting on the armor of God. Doing this will enable us all to stand against the wiles (or trickery) of the devil. The unstated premise is that if we don't put on the armor of God we will not be able to stand.
Today's verses, 12 and 13, explain why this armor should be diligently worn. There's a spiritual host of wickedness (many evil influencers) that wants you to fail... and fall. Many times life seems monotonous and routine, but don't be confused. Our enemy is real and pretty tricky. If he can get you to give in or to give up, he wins.
"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."