Ephesians 6:13 – “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Do you remember when you were in school and you were sitting in class reviewing for a test? Sometimes, if the teacher was feeling generous, he/she would emphasize certain things that they knew were going to be on the test. They would look at you hard, change their voice tone and repeat the item several times so that you would get the clue that whatever they were saying was going to be on the test.
Well, sometimes God does something similar to that – He repeats. He repeats things when it is vitally important and He wants us to pay close attention. That is exactly what He has done in this verse.
Take a look at what has been repeated – “the whole armour”. Once again, God is emphasizing that you can’t put part of it on; you have to wear all or nothing. Part will do you no good.
What is the purpose of wearing this armour? To protect you in the evil day. Sounds sinister, doesn’t it? Well, guess what? We are there. We aren’t Sodom and Gomorrah, yet, but we are no where near Godly or God-fearing. Just think for a moment about the news today. Massive amounts of people dying because of illness or murder. Tornados ruining physical livelihood. People taking things that aren’t theirs because they think they deserve it. Governments encroaching upon people because they think they know best how to manage and run things. It is everywhere, princess. And we have got to be prepared with our armour securely fastened against us. You wouldn’t go outside in the inclement weather without being prepared. Why would you go out into the world without being protected?
Some may see these verses in Ephesians and think that they are a call to fight. They are wrong. The Bible doesn’t tell us to fight. It tells us to stand. To stand for truth. To stand for what is right. To stand for Him. In all of this armour, we are issued one piece of equipment for offense, a sword. But we will get to that soon. Most of what we are instructed to do is defense. But not active defense as we think of active. No, we are called to stand.
What does it mean to stand? It means that when you are going through a hard time that you cheerfully endure and acknowledge Christ in your life. It means that when given the choice to do something or walk away, that you do something. It means that you are available to show God’s love to others. It means that sometimes you just let it roll. Standing is not always easy. Standing is not always convenient. Standing may require a sacrifice. But standing is what we are called to do.
So today princess, I want you to join with me and practice standing. Practice being selfless in situations. Practice recognizing when and where and how you can show God’s love. The armour is a challenge to wear. So start now in exercising what you will need to cheerfully endure it.