Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:10-13 (NIV)
Do you want to be able to stand against the devil and all his evil? Do you want to be able to resist his tactics and schemes? Yes, I want to be able to stand against the devil and all his evil. Yes, I want to be able to resist his tactics and schemes? What must I do to resist him and stand against his evil? That is a very good question with several different answers. First, you must admit that you don’t have the strength and power to stand against the devil and all his evil. To rely on your own power and strength against him would be based on foolish pride and lead to your certain defeat. I have no doubt about that. I will not be relying on my own power and strength to stand against the devil. That’s a good start.
Next you must know that you will face struggles in life that are from the devil and all his evil. You will have battles that are not against flesh and blood but are against the devil and his evil that is in the world. You must be watchful. You must be vigilant. You must be on guard. The devil’s schemes and tactics are very deceptive and alluring. You must not allow yourself to fall into his traps. You must separate yourself from the devil and all his evil. Do not linger around temptation. Do not hang out with evil. Run away from evil of every kind.
Now let’s talk about the armor with which I will clothe you. You must put on all the armor that I have made for you. Every piece is of vital importance. Each piece of my armor will guard and protect you. My armor will protect your heart and your mind. My armor will guard the course of your life. My armor will direct your paths. My armor will guide your prayers. My armor will protect you from every one of the devil’s attacks. My armor will shield you from every evil. My armor will strengthen your faith. My armor will give you hope. My armor will make you able to engage in the battles that you will surely face in life. Each and every day you must wear the armor that I have made for you. Not one day will you be well suited without my armor. Will you wear my armor? Will you rely on my strength? Will you allow me to fight with you in the battles of life? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will be able to take your stand with me.
Lord, I cannot stand against the devil and all his evil under my own power and strength. Only you can make me able to stand against the devil’s tactics and schemes. Help me to put on your full armor so that I will be able to withstand his attacks. Amen
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