The gospel was never meant to be a one-time event in our lives. Throughout Paul’s epistles, we see the gospel as a present reality where the cross and resurrection continually affect the way we live every day. Only when we stop seeing the gospel as something we believed in the past and start to see it as something we continue to trust in right now will we begin to show to the world the faithfulness of Christ within us.
(Ephesians 6:13) “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
The attack of the enemy comes swift. It is powerful and relentless. It is designed to hit our weakest point. Too often, we recognize it for what it was after it is over and we are left to deal with the wreckage. There is a spiritual governmental hierarchy (Eph 6:12) pitted against the Body of Christ and each of us individually with a focus on destroying our capacity to bring glory to God.
The “wiles of the devil” takes our attention away from the direction of the attack. We gaze on things we believe are our true opposition. Meanwhile, the foxes have crawled under the fence and we are compromised. Pay attention to the counsel in this verse:
1. “Take unto you” means wearing the armor is a choice. You and I decide whether we will take up the charge and the call to be responsible or if we will lay down and give up
(Ephesians 6:12) “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Whether we believe it or not, there is a spiritual war raging around us. Even when we acknowledge it, too often we look for its manifestation in the wrong places. The Church has been weakened by this deception – to look for the enemy in places where he is not. The end result is we engage our own flesh with the wrong battle plan. The famous Chinese general Sun Tzu once said:
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Continue reading