The Scripture that was read clearly tells us that we are all called to a greater warfare. Whether we believe it or not, we are engaged in Spiritual warfare. Worry not, though, for as Christians, we do not engage in war alone. Jesus Christ is our fortress. In the passage that was read earlier, we are given insight into the battle we are engaged in and into the weapons with which we are to fight this battle.
To enlist in the military is not what soldiers are set out to do. The goal is to emerge from battle, overcome the heat and stress undiscouraged in our faith and undeterred in our determination to live obediently to God. So, what kind of battle are we exactly engaged in? What must be overcome? I would like to share two things briefly:. To overcome the world, according to a daily devotion book by Glyn Evans, is to refuse to be seduced by its popularity.
It tantalizes us, teases us, passionately desires to thwart our paths to living Godly in the present age. We must fight to overcome it. Do not be intimidated by the consequences of not living by the ways of the world. He is a more deadly foe than the world because the world is simply a pawn in his hand.
The accusations of Satan hit us in our most vulnerable spot: our sinful past. We must overcome him.
Philippians Standing Firm in the Lord – CCI
Satan cannot undo our salvation, he is very aware of that. But he delights and continuously works at unsettling our minds by simply pointing to acts and facts that we are aware of -our sinful past. That does it every time, for most people. We must be wary. He will impair our ability to serve God by keeping us off balance as often as possible. We must resist him. We must fight to overcome him. The goal of our battle is to stand firm for Christ. These things I have just mentioned are our defensive weapons — designed to protect us. Jesus knew the Word, he had spent hours and years learning the Word as a boy, and when temptation came, his word was sharp and ready both to defend and attack.
In the battle of overcoming, Jesus and Calvary is our ultimate battle plan. If we are to overcome the world, remember, Jesus is the first Great Overcomer. In overcoming Satan, remember Calvary, my dear brothers and sisters. Let us point to Calvary as often as Satan points to our sins. Calvary is what makes Jesus a longstanding, timeless, transcendent fortress that we and our generations can hold onto throughout eternity.
In James we find that if we resist him, he will flee. Your Spiritual health depends on it. Third and finally, the verse prophesies that those who know their God shall be strong, or stand firm, and do exploits. God inserts this to show us how not to be deceived by flatteries. We know God gives truths that are eternal.
The Beast will deceive through a combination of outright lies, partial truths, and temporary truths. The people who see through his devious words will do so because they know and believe God and His truth. They will therefore be strong in giving glory to Him. These people will prefer to risk their lives rather than betray God's honor. By believing God, they will be prepared for the Beast's onslaught, and this will give them strength because it produces firm resolve and sense of purpose.
- Child of the Night - Book I in the Power of the Blood World.
- The Rocks Below.
- The Great War in England in 1897.
Though these prophecies are not yet fulfilled, evidence is accumulating that they are just over the horizon, and thus something we may soon face. Romans The word "stand" is translated from the Greek histemi , and in this context it means "to continue, endure, or persist.
How to Stand Firm
After that, receiving the gift of His Spirit and continuing on to salvation itself are accomplished by means of grace. Ritenbaugh Amazing Grace. Ephesians In conclusion, be strong—not in yourselves but in the Lord, in the power of his boundless strength. Put on God's complete armor so that you can successfully resist all the devil's craftiness. For our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organizations and powers that are spiritual.
We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil. Therefore you must wear the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist evil in its day of power, and that even when you have fought to a standstill you may still stand your ground. It is clear that we are fighting a spiritual war against enemies who are far greater in numbers, intelligence, subtlety, and power than Israel had to wage war against in terms of the Amalekites, the Moabites, and so forth.
Standing Firm in the Armour of God – Ephesians 6:10 -24
In addition, our enemy is invisible. Paul tells us to "stand," a military term for holding on to a position. In effect, before one can launch an attack, he must first hold the position he is in. In the Phillips translation, the word "against" is used four times, probably to stress the determined hostility that our enemy has. The Christian soldier is confronting something that, as a soldier, he could not overcome except that he himself also has invisible help to draw upon as a resource. In military strategy, perhaps one of the most basic of all rules is never to underestimate the enemy.
Our struggle is not merely against human foes, yet we find, in other places, that it is a war to the death. In fact, here in Ephesians 6, this idea is hidden in the Greek. It is a war to the death against supernatural forces. The word "powers" denotes those who aspire to world control, and ancient writers used the term to designate the savior gods of pagan religions. That is who we are fighting against—demons! Our warfare, then, has all the trappings of a literal war, but it is something that we cannot see yet happening nonetheless. The qualities that we need to fight this war are not things we have inherently.
We have to be given them by God. Our relationship with God is of supreme importance as to whether we are going to have the proper resources to fight this battle. We have to go to Him to get them, and we also need to be on good terms before He gives them to us. One of the most valuable of all of these resources is the mindset that we are involved in a war.
There are times when we, as a soldier, are going to face privation and hardship. There are going to be times of pain—both physical and mental. There are going to be times of sorrow that may lead us to depression or even bitterness. There will be occasions when we will be in fear and feel a great sense of insecurity. There are times we will win our battles, but other times we will lose and thus feel guilty and maybe depressed.
There are going to be times of obedience that give a feeling of exhilaration and of being in control, as well as times of disobedience when just the opposite will be the effect. There will also be times when we will be aware that God is disciplining us—sometimes in terms of punishment for sin and at other times in training to prepare us to master what we are doing.
There will be times of sacrifice and even times of death. Nevertheless, all of these are part and parcel of a soldier's life. Ritenbaugh Endure as a Good Soldier. Ephesians Notice the number of times in these few verses that we are exhorted to stand. We must hold our ground as we fight against the pressures of Satan and this world.
In verse 11, Paul tells us to "stand against" the Devil's tricks. In verse 13, he encourages us to prepare "to withstand in the evil day" and "having done all, to stand. There are two things to notice here.
First, we are to stand firm. Paul does not instruct us to be agile or swift of foot. To the contrary, he advises us not to move; we are to stand on a firm foundation, as it were. We are to be securely grounded, rooted and unmoving. A person living a life of integrity is not shifty, but has solid convictions rather than preferences that vary with circumstances.
Second, Paul details the armor we need to "take up.