We Have the Victory

Ephesians 6:13, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
God has furnished armor for us—what a gracious, valiant Provider He is! Yet it is we who need to take up this armor, so that we can stand.
2 Cor. 10:4 reminds us, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds…” Though both the weapons and the warfare are invisible, the battles we face every day are very visible, and so is the victory if we attain it.
Rom 13:12, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” Cast off the works of darkness. One question to ask could be, “Would I be ok with other Christians seeing me do this? So then am I ok with God watching me?”
Through Christ we have authority over the devil (see Luke 10:14-22).

Put on the Whole Armor

Eph. 6:11, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” This familiar verse gives us some core reminders for Christian living:

  • We need to be always ready for battle—don’t get ready, be ready.
  • It’s the armor God Himself has given you!
  • Put on the whole armor, don’t pick and choose.
  • You have to put it on yourself, no one can do it for you.

When we put on the armor of God we are really putting on specific elements of the nature of Christ. Romans 13:12-14 says, “…let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

The purpose of putting on this armor is to stand strong against the evil schemes that the devil is actively crafting against us. We must resist him “in the faith” (1 Pet. 5:8-9) and know that unforgiveness holds the door open to demonic attack (2 Cor. 2:4-11). See also Joshua 23:6, Mark 13:22, 2 Cor. 11:12-15, Eph. 4:11-16, Col. 1:21-23.