12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armour of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:12-13, NASB)
Our battle is found in the spiritual realm. No amount of physical training will prepare us for this battle. We must prepare ourselves spiritually.
What do we do?
The first, and probably most important thing we can do is spend time with God. We can do this through prayer, and getting into the Word – not just simply reading it, but meditating on it. Memorize scripture to use in battle. Be aware that there is an enemy prowling around ready to strike at any moment.
Notice that we are to take up (or put on) the full armour. If we don’t include every piece, we leave ourselves open for an attack, we become vulnerable and an easy target. It is only by wearing the full armour that we will be able to resist (to withstand or oppose) the attacks we receive.
The end of verse 13 tells us that by putting on all of our armour, we will be able to stand firm. Stand. Not run away, not run towards the enemy, but to stand firm. We don’t need to seek our battles; the enemy will have no problem finding us – that is, if we are doing God’s work.
Make no mistake about it. If you are following God, if you are seeking to improve your relationship with Him, and doing Kingdom work, the enemy will find you and try to stop you. You are a threat to him.
Friends, remember to put on your full armour; protect yourself. And stand firm.