DEVOTION: Stand Therefore

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Ephesians 6:13 ESV

When we talk about the armor of God it is customary to hear the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit get most of the emphasis. All of the armor is important; none of it will work if it is not all in place. But the armor will do us no good if we’re in the corner curled up in the fetal position, afraid of the battle.

Paul begins talking about the armor of God by telling us, having done all, to stand, stand therefore.

We must be prepared to stand. If the armor is going to do its job, we must do our job. And our job is to stand; no matter how hard the battle gets, we continue to stand.

Paul concludes by talking about the armor of God in verse eighteen. And just as we can often miss the importance of standing in the armor, we can miss praying in the armor.

“praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” – Ephesians 6:18 ESV

When it comes to the armor of God, we must not neglect the importance of standing and the importance of prayer. We are in a spiritual battle; we can’t fight it sitting in a chair watching Netflix. We must engage the battle with all the weapons; truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, above all, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit. We do these things in prayer. We use our armor in confidence, standing, and not backing down. Stand therefore in prayer and win the battle.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

James 4:7-10 ESV

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