Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)
Take Your Stand
You are in a battle. You are in a fight. You are in a war in this life. Do you know why this is important for you to know? If I am in a battle and in a fight and in a war in this life, I must be ready to stand and fight. Are you ready to stand and fight? Who is my enemy and what is he like? Your enemy is the devil and all of his evil. Then I would say, I am not ready for the battle. I am not strong enough to fight. Only you can prepare me for warfare. Only you can make me able to stand and fight.
You must know three things in preparing for battle. You must know three things that will make you ready for the fight. What’s that? You must know that you are in a war. You must be on guard and vigilant. Your enemy might attack and strike you at any time. Never forget that. Never let down your guard. Always be vigilant. Yes Lord, I will remain on guard. I will be vigilant. What else? You must know your enemy and his evil schemes. The devil will attack you where and when you are weakest. He will look for an opportune time. Sometime you will see him coming. Sometime he will try to take you by surprise. You know where you are weakest. Do you know what you should not be doing? Do you know where you should not be? Don’t let the devil find you in his evil and on his ground. Stay away from sin and darkness. Live and walk in the light with me. Yes Lord, I will stay away from evil and darkness. I will be aware of the devil and his evil schemes. I will walk in the light with you. What else? You must know that you are not ready for battle and cannot stand and fight. You must allow me to make you ready. I will train you for battle. I will make you ready for war. You must rely on me to make you strong. You must receive my mighty power. How will I do that? You must put on the full armor that I will give to you. You will take up my shield of faith. You will grab a hold of the sword of my Spirit. Your head will be covered with the helmet of my salvation. Your heart will be protected with my breastplate of righteousness. The belt of truth will be buckled around your waist. Your feet will wear the gospel of peace. You will be in constant prayer as you remain watchful, ready and on guard. Then you will be able to take your stand to fight against the devil and all his evil schemes. You will not falter. You will not fall. I will be with you in the fight.
Lord, I know I am in a battle and engaged in warfare against the devil. I will put on the full armor you have given to me. I will receive all your training. Only you can prepare me for battle and make me able to stand and fight against the devil and all his evil. Amen
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