Hold Your Ground ... Stand Firm!
Ephesians 6 (The Voice version)
10 Finally, brothers
and sisters, draw your strength and might from God. 11 Put on the full armor of God to protect yourselves from the devil and his evil schemes. 12 We’re not waging war against enemies of flesh and blood alone. No,
this fight is against tyrants, against authorities, against supernatural powers and demon princes that slither in the darkness of this world, and against wicked spiritual armies that lurk about in heavenly places.
this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God: so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground. 14 Yes, stand—truth banded around your waist, righteousness
as your chest plate, 15 and feet protected in preparation to proclaim the good news of peace. 16 Don’t forget to raise the shield of faith above all else, so you will be able to extinguish flaming spears hurled at you
from the wicked one. 17 Take also the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The enemy is seeking destruction to every purpose of GOD’s will
Put on GOD, Who is your full armour … not pieces but put on all of GOD. Don’t leave the feet unprotected because you have the breastplate and helmet on. Or, don’t have the belt on and think
you not need the shield or sword. You need the whole armour! We need armour! GOD is our armour so that we can stand firm against the methods of the devil. The devil’s methods are not original – they are
the same from generation to generation. Human flesh is not the enemy – it’s the powers and demon princes of darkness. And, these spiritual armies of the devil are not in some far off distant; however, they are very close. Guess
what? They are so close to interact as to wrestle you in a match. They are so close in proximity to wrestle you in a wrestling match.
In the ancient world, the sport of wrestling was not where one of the opponents win
and the other opponent lose and just go home. No! In the ancient world, the opponents would wrestle until the opposing player died. Know that in our wrestling match against spirits and principalities, there is a life or death situation.
The devil’s armies are not way out there which angels are doing all the fighting; the enemy is so close to know your weaknesses – to know your vulnerability. In order for you to be alert to stand firm in this fight, you must
know what the enemy knows about you!
By the way, it’s a good fight for you – it’s a good fight of faith! So, what measure of faith that is in you that you’re fighting with?! You may have started
with the mustard seed size of faith, but now has your faith grown?! Your faith should be much larger now! Come on, you got to stand firm in all the regrets, disappointments, loss of loved ones whether by death, separation, distance
… even in your successes, the new things that are taking place in your life – you must stand firm in GOD, Who is your armour.
What is it that the devil wants? The intimacies in heaven, before the devil
fell, the enemy saw GOD giving man HIS will as GOD created man in HIS image. Satan desires to lay hold of our will, in essence GOD’s will but he cannot fight GOD. In no way can he even stand face to face with GOD, who is Sovereign, Holy,
Powerful and of ALL Authority! So, with you being GOD’s agent in the earth realm know that the enemy is going to throw everything your way to deter you with many methods (doubts, delays, distractions, and other destroying mechanisms) to stop you
from being align in GOD’s Will but he won’t stay as you stay in GOD, Who is your armour.
If we do not take the battle seriously, we will not get dressed cautiously. We will not put on GOD, Who is our full armour.
Before you get into the battlefield, you need to get in ARMOUR – in GOD. Again, I cannot help but stress this because I am hearing so many going into battle without GOD and causing needless casualties upon themselves and their ministries.
Get in a quiet place. Allow GOD to heal you for the battles HE will lead you by HIS Spirit. As you put on HIM, you will see nothing but VICTORIES in everything! Our
GOD is a WINNER! We’re on a winning team! Always be battle ready!