Stand Firm

Nothing is worse for me than looking back at the end of a week and wondering what went wrong. “What happened” , I wonder.  I can feel worn out, defeated, tired, and maybe isolated. Do you ever feel this way? Don’t lie. I know you do. When I feel this way,  I tend to write it off as a “bad week” and assume that next week will be better. Sometimes it’s not.

We live in a world where the enemy is constantly trying to tear us down. He’s a thief on mission to steal, kill, and destroy your life (John 10:10). We know this, yet we fall into his traps. We believe the lies he tells us. We give him a foothold in our week… and then our week is ruined.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Ephesians 6:10-12
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 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.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shoed your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

The Apostle Paul, while in chains for preaching the Gospel, wrote this letter to give a tangible “how to” guide when dealing with the enemy. You can’t avoid him. Stop trying. You CAN stand against him!

The “armor” that Paul tells us to wear must be put on daily.
Daily you must stand firm against the enemy.
Daily you must pray with supplication (asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly) and call on God to give you the strength to stand against the enemy.
Daily we must take our sword, the Word of God, and be ready for the enemy’s tricks.

Are you having a bad week?
Put on some armor.
Tired of being lied to by the enemy?
Put on some armor.
Tired of falling back into your old habits?
Put on some armor!