(Ephesians 6:14a) “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth…”
This is the third time in this chapter Paul tells believers to “stand.” Starting with this verse, we get into the details of the armor of God. Our ability to remain standing in the midst of spiritual attacks is because we are equipped with this armor. But standing is more than simply remaining in a vertical position: We are to be firm and unyielding in our stance. In military terms, we might say we need to “dig in” to prevent the enemy from advancing and gaining ground.
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