Ephesians 6:13-17 - 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 firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
As a teenager I played football on my school’s team primarily as a defensive guard. I wasn’t the biggest of players or the fastest, but I could hold position on a run and break through the offensive line when needed; however, my primary role was to keep the other team from passing through - to hold position.
Similarly, the apostle Paul calls Christians to be on guard. To hold position and stand firm when our opponent, the devil, is coming against us. When he attacks and attempts to take us off course. Off the mission that God has given to his people. As he noted in the previous verses, it is impossible to stand against these attacks apart from the strength of God, and we can only stand when we are equipped with the full armor that God has given us in Jesus Christ.
The disciple who is not abiding in Jesus is like a defensive guard, with no gear on, standing on the line of scrimmage during a game. We make ourselves vulnerable to the lies and accusations of our spiritual enemies when we are not fully suited in the protection of our Lord and savior and when we neglect the protection God has supplied for us.
Notice in the verses above that our only offensive weapon is, “the sword of the Spirit.” We war against Satan’s schemes with the truth of the gospel to remind ourselves that Jesus has won the victory. In Him we can stand believing: in God’s truth (John 17:17), that the Lord is our righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21), that the gospel brings us peace (Rom 5:8), fighting the fight of faith (Eph. 2:8), trusting our salvation is secure (Acts 4:12), by the power of the Spirit (Rom. 8:9-11).
• How are you guarding yourself from the attacks of the enemy?
• Are you wearing the whole armor of God?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer asking God to make you aware of the enemy’s attacks and to help you to stand against them when they come.