It’s Avoid Temptation Tuesday where we try to get rid of sin in our lives so our prayers are not hindered. This week we are focusing on the Armor of God found in Ephesians 6.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 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. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints– Eph 6:10-18 (NKJV)
Do you have on your armor? It is the only way to fight the spiritual battles in our lives. In order to have our armor on, we must first understand where we Sit. Remember my outline for Ephesians? Sit, Walk, Stand, Bow. According to Ephesians 2, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” Eph 2:4-7 (NKJV). So we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. To have our armor on we must also learn how to Walk worthy of our calling (Eph. 4:1). Last but not least, we need to learn how to pray. Besides the Word of God, prayer is our best weapon and many times is the least used. We are commanded to put on our armor. The word “put” in verse 11 above is written in the present imperative tense in the Greek which is a command to do something in the future and involves continuous or repeated action. If you have failed to put your armor on, then you are being disobedient and need to confess your sin to the Lord.
Tomorrow we will learn what each piece of the armor means. I hope you will join us for Word Study Wednesday.