Stand Ready

Stand Ready

“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

Every knight had a squire.  The squire was someone who helped the knight get ready for battle.  They took care of the war horse, they made sure the swords were sharp and that the knights armor was polished.  When it was time for war, the squire helped the knight into his armor.  I don’t know much about war here on Earth other than what I’ve seen on the news or talked to friends that our soldiers, but that doesn’t mean I’ve never been to battle.  Ephesians 6 reminds us that the wars we all fight during the day are not against things here on Earth, they are against “the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”. (Ephesians 6:12)  How scary is it to know that we battle against things that we cannot see.  We can draw comfort in knowing that we have someone who helps to prepare us for battle.  Christ is our squire and the word of God is our sword.  Ephesians 6 tells us to stand firm with the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness and feet fitted with readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  We also have a shield of faith, a helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.  Every item prepares us to stand against the devil and his schemes and Christ, our ever faithful squire, is there to help make sure that our armor is polished and sword is sharp for the battle.

 

 

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