“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11
All of the issues abounding in our world today are labeled my most as troubles; problems that need to be addressed and solved for the betterment of the global community. But in reality, they are not problems at all but wickedness and lawlessness perpetrated by the Devil himself and his ministers. We are living in a very evil day.
The apostle Paul foretold of these very days when he wrote: “…Mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Jesus said that the last days would be a time of sorrows, that His people would be hated by all nations, that false prophets would abound, deceiving many, and lawlessness would abound. Those days are here! Political and religious figures around the world are coming forth, claiming to have solutions to the world’s “problems”. The question that must be answered is this: what has God called His people to do in these last days?
God has not called His children to fight, march, protest or involve themselves against the ungodly deeds of the wicked. God has called His church to put on the whole armor of God and “Stand”. The reason God has called us to stand and not fight is because, “…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. 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.” Ephesians 6:12-14
Two things the child of God is exhorted to do: 1) Put on the whole armor of God, and 2) Stand. Looking at the armor of God, we see several defensive pieces and only one offensive weapon. To stand, we must embrace the truth: that Jesus is the only way to the Father; that He is our righteousness, we have none of ourselves. We stand ready to share the gospel; faith in God at all times is our shield against whatever the enemy may throw at us, who desires to discourage and defeat us.
We stand knowing that we are saved; saved by the work of Christ on the cross; that all our sins have been washed away by His precious blood. Our only weapon is the Word of God. We see this weapon on display when Jesus was tempted by the Devil in the wilderness. Three temptations, and the only thing Jesus said to him was Scripture, and Satan fled. It’s a losing fight when any child of God tries to fight the wiles of the devil in his own strength and reasoning.
The only way we can prepare to put on the armor of God effectively and take up the sword skillfully is by much prayer and immersing ourselves in God’s word. No one can do that for us. If we would do what we have been called to do, we would wake up, sober up, and be alert and vigilant. As soldiers on sentry duty, until relieved, we have been called to stand.
Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at email@example.com
Brethren, I still feel that we should speak out about unrighteousness, but I do agree with Brother Bill that we are not to get into physical fights and such.
I speak out in these blog posts and one day I may pay the price for doing it; but Jesus clearly said that these things would happen! HE is the only One I aim to please.