BIBLE READING: EPHESIANS 6:10-17; 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9-10; 1 CORINTHIANS 16:13; JUDE 1:24
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13(NKJV).
We must never forget that we have unseen enemies whose number one desire and assignment is to stop you from getting your inheritance. By inheritance we do not refer to the mundane things like material possessions. The major inheritance the enemy wants to keep you from having is the Promise and Hope of Eternity with God (see Col. 1:27). Just like there were giants on the path of the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land, today there are demonic beings doing everything possible to stop people from fulfilling their purpose and representing Jesus optimally in their spheres of influence. These enemies’ assignment is to populate hell with as much people as they can and depopulate heaven. The battle of Eternal Security is a spiritual battle that involves keeping guard against these forces. There are demon spirits everywhere influencing humans to go against the Will of God. (see 2Cor. 4:3-4). Just as it was in the Garden of Eden when the devil deceived Eve and made Adam fall, so it is today (see 2Cor. 11:3).
Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6 exhorts us in verse 13, “having done all, to stand”. Paul is saying that once you have on the armour, you have to keep it on, stand and use it and continue to use it to keep standing. Here he implies we will be tempted to get in a relaxed mode. After winning the victory for which we prayed, fasted and stood in faith, we have a tendency to let our guards down, relax and then succumb to satan’s assaults. Please understand that many times satan attacks after the victory (see Amos 6:1). We must never get overconfident or complacent because 1Corinthians 10:12(NKJV) tells us, “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” The word “withstand” often implies successful resistance i.e., a resistance of two forces at opposite sides whereby the weakest link will give in. When you have done all according to the Word of God and it seems like nothing is happening, then stand. This means you need to maintain the endurance to endure. Faith is a mustard seed yet has the tenacity and boldness of the righteous sustained by the Conquering Power of Christ. Stand firm, hold your ground and defend your territory against the enemy by submitting to God and hitting him in the Name of Jesus.
Many do not comprehend what spiritual warfare is all about. Because the Scripture says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness in this world and against wicked spirits in the heavenlies….” (Eph. 6:12), they engage the devil as if in a practical wrestling contest. To correct this misconception, Van Raheenen wrote as follows: “Spiritual warfare is not about fighting satan; he has been defeated by the Triumphal Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Spiritual warfare rather is standing firm in Christ’s Mighty Power. It is accepting God’s Victory through Christ by faith and allowing God’s Redemptive Power to work through Christ.” In other words, stand firm, resist the devil and enforce your victory. Your warfare has been accomplished and you have the victory. Prophet Amos said, “Woe unto them that are at ease at Zion” (Amos 6:1). We are soldiers and the enemy is watching and seeking for an opportunity to strike. No slouching, no sleeping, no indulgence. Remain alert, keep standing and you will surely overcome because there is no leave of absence in Spiritual Warfare. Selah.
Father, I thank You for the whole armour You have given to us through the Sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary. I shall stand firm as a good soldier of Christ and withstand the evil days that are coming upon the Earth to the Glory of the Name of Jesus. Amen.