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November 18, 2015

not ashamed

When we ask specifically how we are to resist or stand firm against the Devil, the Scriptures are clear: Christians are to resist or stand against the Devil by putting on the full armor of God. Twice Paul states this fact in Ephesians 6 to ensure that we get the point. Just as a guard would put on his armor and collect his weapons before going out to his watch post, so the believer is to put on his armor so that he will be able to stand firm.

 

This passage on spiritual warfare begins by instructing the Christian to “be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might” (Eph. 6:10). This reminds us not only of Moses’ statement to the Israelites that they were to stand still and see the deliverance of the Lord but also of David’s statement that “the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Sam. 17:47).

 

 

One of the titles given to God in the Old Testament is that of Lord of Hosts, or Lord of the Armies. This title refers to His position as Commander-in-Chief over all of the angelic hosts. Once we become citizens of heaven, we are to submit ourselves to His authority as the Commanding General. It is in His strength that we fight and according to His orders.

 

 

This point means first that we must submit ourselves to Him and His lordship if we are to have victory in our spiritual combat. Submission involves the attitude of humility. This is why the two other passages related to standing against the Devil emphasize the attitude of humility and submission to God. Peter tells us, “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:5–6). James’s command is almost identical in 4:6 and 4:10. Sandwiched between these two sentences he says, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

 

 

This is a fantastic promise from God. When we submit ourselves to God as our Lord and as the Commander-in-Chief of the warfare, then we are exhibiting humility. It is no longer our will but His that we follow. This attitude of humility was exemplified by Jesus Christ when He clothed Himself with humanity by taking the position and form of a bondservant and humbling Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death (Phil. 2:8–9).

 

 

The essence of humility is to put ourselves in the position of a servant of God and to give up all claim to personal rights. Jesus expressed this principle when He said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matt. 16:24). If we are going to take up the full armor of God and operate in His strength, we must first humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God.

 

 

Only with such an attitude of humility are we able to submit ourselves to God and put on the full armor. But before we look at the armor, we must understand some things. First, the armor passage is simply an analogy. We must be careful not to read too much into each piece. The armor is simply a visual aid to help us understand what it means to put on Jesus Christ (Rom. 13:14). “Putting on Christ” means to put on the character of Christ. In essence, putting on the armor is an illustration of the Christian life: By putting on His character, we will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the Devil, just as Jesus did when He was tested in the wilderness.

 

 

This seems to be the most overlooked feature of spiritual warfare and equipping the Saints; you can “pray” all the other parts of the armor of God; but without this feature you are really fooling yourself.

 

Praise report for Olivia she is doing great.

Pray for those that are depressed, this is our number one prayer request.

Pray for Kim and her battle with cancer, and conquering fear.

Pray for Lisa E. strength and health.

Pray for Jimmy H. drug addiction

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